Infertility in couples & male infertility Did you know that roughly 15% of couples fail when trying to conceive for the first time?Experts say that if these couples are unable to succeed in a pregnancy within a year (normal sexual activity without the use of contraceptives), then the possibility of one among the couple or both being infertile becomes more plausible.
It’s said that about 25% of couples experience infertility at some point in their lives, the incidence of which increases with age. Males partly contribute to 40% of infertility cases in couples.
It’s all in the sperm (or lack of it) It’s important to note, though, that male infertility should in no way be considered an indication of weak male sexual prowess. Male infertility is basically low or absent sperm count in semen which are essential to fertilizing an egg.
The possible causes associated with male infertility The low or absent sperm count can possibly be attributed to an infection contracted during a post-puberty high fever.
Take mumps, for instance, which has long been associated with infertility in males. Mumps can only influence male infertility when it causes orchitis, or inflammation or swelling of the testes. Still, not even these cases of orchitis caused by mumps can entirely be blamed for male infertility.
Testicular injury, as well, may cause infertility in males, when sports or other activities cause swelling or bleeding of the testicles or surrounding them. Blood flow to the testicles is impaired, causing permanent damage to the production of sperm.
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