What to Do about Male Infertility?

Trying to conceive can be a long struggle for couples who want to get pregnant but are experiencing difficulty. In many cases, infertility issues might trace back to the male partner. Here are some reasons why and some ideas about how to deal with infertility.

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  1. As couples try to conceive there will be different issues which they face. Sixty percent of the time the problem comes from one of the partner's reproductive systems, either the man or woman. Ten percent of the time both partners experience issues. 
  2. Though men and women will experience different infertility issues, there are many similar factors which can affect both men and women when it comes to fertility. Health is a key factor which involves many different factors such as:
    -diet
    -exercise
    -disease
    -stress
    -depression
    -exposure to chemicals and toxins
    It turns out that diet is perhaps the number one cause of male infertility. 
  3. Whether you decide to try supplements, wait naturally or use IVF (in vitro fertilization), working towards improved health and an active lifestyles will help the process. And adopting a balanced diet and exercise plan will also benefit your lives and your family one day. 
  4. When it comes to which partner is experiencing a reproductive problem, the split is equal. About 30 percent of the time a woman's body is experiencing difficulty, and another 30 percent of the time traces back to the man's issue. The remaining 30 percent of the time is divided between problems with both partners or an unexplained situation. 
  5. For men, there can be a number of causes resulting in infertility. Hormone imbalance is a fairly common problem. There must be the right amounts of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in order to make testosterone and make new sperm cells. And "if levels of these hormones are too high or too low, sperm production can be disrupted – making it difficult for couples to conceive," explains Dr. Laurence Levine of Rush University Medical Center. 
  6. Other causes of male infertility include a varicocele "which occurs in about 40 percent of infertile men." A varicocele is caused when the veins that wrap around the reproductive organs become enlarged and constrict sperm development. Fortunately, surgery can fix the problem and most surgical procedures of this type are highly successful. 

  7. When adressing male infertility, there are some important steps to consider. You may first want to visit a urologist to run an analysis and identify any hormone imbalances that might be at work. Meanwhile, exercising, eating healthy and losing excess weight are important keys. Men who experience gastrointestinal discomfort like heartburn may need to check their nutrient intake. Try to cut down on alcohol intake and quit smoking. As for physical activity, some research even suggests that lifting weights can increase sperm count. 
  8. Couples can also look to clinics and health centers to prescribe appropriate fertility supplements. Groups like Coast Science offer health products to boost fertility. 
  9. Finally, try to stay patient as a couple. It takes about three months to produce new sperm. So your healthy lifestyle changes or supplements may take a while to begin showing results. Hopefully in just a few more months, you will be expecting a new little life. 
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