Common Infertility Issues Explained
Fertility is a two-sided equation, and both parties have to be decently fertile for it to work. In fact, men’s fertility issues are just as likely to cause difficulty as women’s. Here are a few common men’s fertility issues:
- Oligiospermia: Indicates a low sperm count. Home testing kits are available if the couple believes this may be a problem. Depending on the root cause, a low sperm count may be able to be improved with supplements, good diet, regular exercise, and a change in sexual activity.
- Azoospermia: Occurs when no sperm is being produced, or they aren’t evident in the semen. It can be caused by a blockage or hormonal imbalance. In either case, medical intervention may be required to either clear the blockage or improve the hormonal imbalance.
- Sperm Morphology: Issues relating to the size and shape of the sperm. This can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits such as alcohol and fatty foods. Generally, improving overall health can improve morphology, or prescriptions drugs may be prescribed.
- Sperm Motility: Slow moving sperm will not be able to reach the egg, so sperm with poor motility can affect your ability to conceive. Studies have indicated that increasing L-Carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine (mostly found in lean red meats) can improve motility, as well as hormone treatment.
For some, getting pregnant will be a walk in the park, while for others it may be a long and daunting road. Try not to become discouraged if you encounter fertility issues; today’s medical advancements have made huge strides in overcoming nearly all fertility problems. Keep a positive attitude and remember what you are working towards – it’s absolutely worth it.