Infertility is characterized as the inability to conceive a child after having regular intercourse for 8-12 months. Infertility does not only affect women, it is also common among older men. Most men will never feel any symptoms of infertility, and may not even know that they are infertile until the time in their life when they are actively trying to conceive a baby. This can be a very emotionally troubling time when you find out that you cannot have a baby.
Infertility in men is often caused by an underlying problem which can sometimes show symptoms. These types of symptoms may include:
Erectile problems Problems with sexual functions
Pain, lumps or swelling of the testicles
Sexual desire decreases
If you feel that you may have a low sperm count, your doctor can order specific tests to analyze your sperm to determine its potency.
A mans sperm count can also be changed due to his lifestyle. If you are into drugs or drinking alcohol, than you have a greater chance of having a lower sperm count. Some health problems that are out of our control may also be a contributing factor to a low sperm count.
There are 5 specific types of Male Infertility, which are:
Azoospermia This is a condition where there are no live sperm present.
Oligospermia This occurs when there is a very limited amount of live sperm.
Asthenospermia In this case, there are sperm present, but they have problems swimming.
Teratospermia This is when there is a presence of sperm abnormal shape.
Retrograde ejaculation This occurs when there is a blockage or sphincter malfunction that does not allow your sperm to travel out of your penis, so it is redirected back to the bladder.
Some men are more prone to infertility than others, including men with diabetes, obesity or poor nutrition. If you feel that you may be suffering from infertility, it is highly recommended to alter your lifestyle and begin eating healthier and exercising regularly. Sometimes even something as simple as 20 minutes of exercise daily could mean the difference between getting your significant other pregnantor not.
Unfortunately in todays society, it seems that infertility is becoming more common. More of the population is deciding to have a child later on in life, which can bring along unwanted challenges and pregnancy issues. As we age, our body becomes less likely to become pregnant, and most women will stop their menstruation cycle after the age of 50. In men, prostate issues plague the older generation(s), and this is a major factor in infertility among men.
Because infertility in men can actually be an indicator of a more serious problem, it is recommended to consult with your doctor if you feel that you are experiencing fertility issues. Prostate Cancer is a very serious illness, and an annual PSA test and Digital Exam is recommended for early detection and prevention of this terrible disease that plagues our brothers, fathers and uncles.