Father's Day is this Sunday, and what many don't realize is that it is not only women who have fertility struggles. Men do, too.
Read on for a few fast facts about male infertility:
- Male infertility plays a role in approximately half of all cases of infertility.
- Male infertility is typical caused by problems with the sperm, such as sperm count, sperm morphology (size, shape and appearance) and sperm motility (movement).
- One of the most common causes of problems with the sperm is a varicocele, which is agroup of dilated veins in the scrotum that can increase the temperature in the scrotum, resulting in testicular damage and impaired sperm production. Varicoceles are found in 40 percent of infertile men, and the condition can often be corrected or overcome with fertility treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Chronic conditions, such as diabetes and liver cirrhosis can affect male fertility.
- Obesity and environmental factors can also affect male fertility. Lifestyle changes such as stop smoking, losing weight, avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals and keeping temperatures around the scrotum cool by avoiding tight underwear and excessive bike riding, etc., can help improve fertility. In addition, avoid taking testosterone or steroids, which suppress sperm production.
- A semen analysis is the first step to determining whether there is an issue with man's fertility. Men can do this individually or as part of the Fertility Awareness Check-up at my office.
To arrange an appointment, visit our website, or please call my office at (815) 356-7034 (Crystal Lake) or (847) 215-8899 (Buffalo Grove) or our FCI Call Center at (877) 324-4483. The office or call center will help determine the best day to come in for testing.