Male Infertility – Meaning, Symptoms, Causes, Myths, Treatments

Male Infertility – Meaning, Symptoms, Causes, Myths, Treatments

Meaning of Male Infertility

Male infertility is defined as the inability of a man that prevents him and his partner from getting a successful pregnancy without using any birth controls. If a couple is trying to conceive a baby through regular physical activities for more than a year but still faces failure, then it is said that the male partner has male infertility.

How Male Infertility Can Affect Someone’s life?

If through the medical tests, it is proven that the person has male infertility, then it creates a drastic change in a person’s life. Not only the person but his partner and the whole family are affected as infertility can also lead to failed marriages. Infertility can affect the bond of husband and wife, and sometimes the male partner feels so humiliated that his self-esteem gets very down. It can also affect his mental and physical health like depression and stress.

Infertility in Men and Women

Infertility can be of 2 types. Male infertility or female infertility.

According to a survey, it is shown that not only men but women are also equally responsible for infertility that can be seen in a couple. In 40-50 percent cases, a couple faces pregnancy failures because of the female partner, and men are 30 percent responsible for it. In the rest of the cases, both the couples are equally responsible for infertility.

IASH, India is one of the leading hospitals to treat male infertility. If you are suffering from Male Infertility, book an appointment with our doctor or Call us 9602081813

How Infertility In Men Is Tested?

Many infertility issues can be present in a single body, which makes it more critical to evaluate and diagnose sexual dysfunction. It is advised to visit the best sexologist in Jaipur.

Dr. Chirag Bhandari is a sexologist/andrologist in India who evaluates and treats sexual dysfunctions in males after careful and proper diagnosis of the problem. Many doctors prescribe several tests to determine the cause of male infertility, but in several cases, the reason is unidentified.

We suggest two primary Male Infertility tests can be tested by the following methods:

  • General physical examination and medical history

    In this, the sexologist examines your genitals conditions and any inherited conditions, illness, past surgeries, injuries, and various other health conditions that can be the reason for male infertility. The doctor then asks about your routine behavior, sexual desires, and also sexual development.

  • Semen Analysis

    Semen samples that are given from your side are checked under laboratories, which are obtained through ejaculation or masturbation. This analysis is done to determine the sperm quality, measure the sperm count, and check any other abnormalities like low motility or shape issues.

We may prescribe Testicular biopsies or testicular ultrasound sometimes.

What are the Hormonal Level Necessary for Male Infertility

It is necessary to maintain the right amount of hormonal levels in men. An ideal hormonal level is significant in the process of pregnancy, and the FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinizing Hormone) are two very vital hormones that are required for attaining successful pregnancy. A low level of these hormones can directly affect the sperm count and make a male infertile for a lifetime.

It is essential to ejaculate as the semen that is discharged through single ejaculation consists of more than 15 million sperm per milliliter for attaining successful pregnancy.

It is said that the optimum number of sperm count necessary for fertility is 20 million sperm per milliliter.

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Do let us know if you have any questions or doubts.

Element Definition Reference Range
Semen volume The total amount of fluid ejaculated >1.5 mL
Sperm concentration (commonly known as ‘sperm count’) The number of sperm in a measured volume of the ejaculate is counted. The sperm concentration is reported as the number of sperm per mL of semen. >15 million per mL
Total sperm number (also known as ‘total sperm count’) The total number of sperm in the ejaculate, calculated by multiplying the semen volume by the sperm. >39 million
Sperm motility (the ability of sperm to swim or move forward) The number of motile (moving) sperm is compared to the number of non-motile sperm and is reported as a percentage of the total number of sperm. >40% motile within 60 minutes of ejaculation
Sperm vitality (‘live’ sperm) The number of sperm in the sample that is ‘alive’ as a percentage of the total number of sperm. >58%
Sperm morphology (the shape of the sperm) The number of ideally shaped sperm (referred to as ‘normal’) is compared to the number of imperfectly shaped sperm (often referred to as ‘abnormal’), reported as a percentage of the total number of sperm. >4%
White blood (inflammatory) cells Often found in the semen. Large numbers of white blood cells in the ejaculate can be a sign of an infection of the reproductive tract. However, in some healthy men, it happens for no known reason. < 1 million per mL Semen pH Measured to test if the ejaculate is acidic or alkaline. Semen should be slightly alkaline. More acidic semen, together with a low amount (volume) of semen, may mean there is a blockage in the flow of semen. >/= 7.2
Sperm antibodies Normally done in specialized laboratories using methods approved by the World Health Organization. <50% motile sperm showing antibody activity

What are the Causes of Male Infertility

Infertility is a couple can be various, and when it comes to male infertility, various complex reasons result in low or no fertility. Several times the causes are identified quickly, and sometimes it’s not, but it also varies from person to person. Some of the major reasons for male infertility is due to the following biological condition:

  • You may not have good sperm quality

    Good and proper production of sperm quality also depends on the male reproductive organs. And after the complete formation of reproductive organs, your body must produce testosterone and several other necessary hormones that are required for good production and better sperm quality.

  • The sperm may not be able to carry into the semen

    After the sperm production in the body, it is important that the sperm be carried out with the semen through delicate tubes to the female reproductive part through ejaculation.

  • You may have Hormonal Issues

    Male infertility can be seen because of the various hormonal imbalances in the body. Any change in the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands and thyroid can make a mal infertile.

  • You may have Undescended testicles

    There are several times during fetal development that one or two testicles fail to descend from the abdomen into the sac that generally contains them. It is seen that with this type of cause, a man is more likely to have infertility.

Myths about Male infertility

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  • Infertility is a problem of females only

    When it comes to unsuccessful pregnancy, the hand goes directly to the female partner as she is responsible for carrying the baby. But it is not true as there are many times when the male partner equally contributes to infertility, which results in continuous failures. For example, low sperm quality, low motility, and testosterone level are also some significant causes that create pregnancy failures.

  • The root cause of the male sexual problem is masturbation

    There are various myths that people who masturbate pretty often tend to get infertility sooner or faster as compared to ones who don’t. But it is essential to understand that if done in limits and not in excess, masturbation is not unhealthy in the body. But excess is still prohibited.

  • Test tube babies mean that the babies are formed in actual test-tubes

    There are several couples, especially females, who think that a test tube baby means that the babies who are born in test-tubes in laboratories. A test-tube baby is a name given to the embryo that is formed through the process of In-Vitro Fertilisation in which the female’s eggs fertilize the man’s sperm. And that embryo is implanted back into the female body for achieving a successful pregnancy.

  • The root cause of all the sexual problems are only psychological

    Men usually overlook the fact that sexual problems are related to both physical and mental health. And that’s why they think that the root cause of all their sexual issues is because of their mental health. Research has also proved that 80% of sexual dysfunction is seen because of physical factors.

  • Babies born by IVF are not normal

    In-Vitro Fertilisation is a natural process in which the male partner’s eggs are combined with female eggs to bring out fertilization, just like the normal process. The only difference is that fertilization takes place outside the body in IVF. Which means the babies born by IVF process are just like other babies who are born by natural process.

  • IVF cannot be done at old age

    It is vital to understand that the success rates of IVF decrease as the age of the female increases. The success rates of IVF for females below the age of 35 are 40% while it keeps dropping with age.

Male Infertility Treatments

Many male infertility treatments are followed in India. Dr. Chirag Bhandari is an experienced andrologist who has the skills and knowledge to use revolutionary therapy with advanced technology. His treatments involve:

  • Infertility and Psychotherapeutic Treatment

    Infertility is an issue that is related to all aspects of your life, and generally, in some cases, the reason for infertility can be seen because of psychological problems and not any physical issues.

    Men may be shocked when they find out they are infertile. There is still a common but incorrect belief that infertility is a woman’s problem. Therefore, when men are told there is a sperm problem, they are often unprepared.

    They are being told that a sperm problem can affect a man’s sense of masculinity, sexuality, and potency. At some time, most infertile men struggle with the idea that they are not able to do what other men can.

    An emotional response to infertility is normal. Talking with a doctor or a sexual therapist or counselor can help some men with their feelings about infertility.

    Not having an excellent martial bond or lack of communication between the couple can also give rise to pregnancy failures. Nowadays, in addition to physical issues, doctors are also concerned about psychological issues, and that’s why they also offer psychological therapies and treatments to overcome infertility.

    With the help of professional sex psychological knowledge, IASH has helped couples to overcome their infertility issues to attain parenthood. We provide therapies to make the bond between the couples stronger and to help them overcome their stress and conflicts.

    Couples counseling is a very effective way that is used to overcome sexual problems like erectile dysfunctions. The doctor says that most of the men having stress-related ED can be easily treated with a couple of counseling therapies under professional psychotherapists. We can help a couple to improve their sexual communication and skills as well, which in return can easily solve ED.

  • Infertility and medical treatment

    If the psychological treatments and counseling don’t work for the couple, then the second option goes with medical procedures. After evaluating the root cause of the issue, sex doctors offer various medical solutions that can be used to overcome infertility.

    Various new technologies are proven to give 100% successful pregnancy and are known as Assisted Reproductive Techniques. In-Vitro Fertilisation and Intra-Uterine Insemination are done to make a woman pregnant naturally.

    There are some medical treatments prescribed by the doctor.

    • Biothesiometer to check Sensations in Penis
    • Shockwave Therapy From Germany for improving your Erections
    • Biofeedback From Netherlands to Strengthen your Pelvic Floor Muscles, Muscles responsible for Erection and Ejaculation.
    • Haag-Streit High Power Microscope From the USA for Male Infertility Surgeries.
  • Better Living style

    There are some common and natural treatments that are popular among people. People who believe in homeopathy and ayurvedic medicine try their luck first with them, But they often lose their patience with prolonged treatment. The famous natural treatments are

    • Exercise: Doing exercise can actually improve your health, both physically and sexually. By doing at least a half-hour experience, a say can improve a man’s sperm quality and count as well. Running and jogging can help to improve the sperm’s motility too. And excessive and intense training is related to a significant change in the semen quality of a person.
    • Food: The food diet of a person can have a major role in improving fertility and the hormonal level necessary for improving semen quality. The food that is rich in Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Folic Acid is proven to improve the quality of the sperm. You can add these foods- like Walnut, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Dark Chocolate, Lentils, and Pumpkin Seeds to increase your infertility.
    • Ayurvedic: Ayurveda is believed to increase male fertility, which results in a successful pregnancy. The most common ayurvedic treatments used to improve male infertility are – Mucuna Pruriens, Shilajit, Safed Musli, and Ashwagandha are some of the best treatments to treat infertile males.
    • Homeopathy: Homeopathy is proven to create the fastest impact on infertility. Not only is it practical, but it is safer and comes with no side effects. Homeopathic treatments take around 2-3 months to show its results, but the impact of the procedures on the body nullifies the time factor up to a great extent.

Take Away from This Blog:

If a couple has been trying for a pregnancy without success, they should Visit IASH to cure infertility problems in males.

Infertility should be considered as a disease requiring a review of both the male and female partners even if one partner has a child from another relationship. Male infertility may be a sign of other (possibly undiagnosed) health problems such as testosterone deficiency or coexisting testicular cancer, so it is important that it is investigated.

If you are suffering from Male Infertility, book an appointment with our doctor or Call us 9602081813.

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