Infertility In Men

Written by Will Baum
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Infertility in men has been on the rise over the last several decades. Though the male reproductive parts are seemingly simpler than the female, it is the man in 40 percent of cases that is infertile, not the woman. Infertility in men is caused by low sperm count or low sperm mobility. In some cases, sperm isn't traveling properly from the testes. In others, sperm production isn't being properly stimulated by hormones.

The most common of all these is low sperm count, which affects 60 percent of infertile men. The reasons for low sperm count are something of a mystery. A full 40 percent of low sperm count cases are written off to "idiopathic infertility," a phrase which means that doctors have no clue what the cause is. They're stumped.

Some researchers theorize that environmental pollutants are bringing down sperm counts worldwide. The most obvious pollutant, and easiest to remove, is cigarette smoke. If you're trying to have a baby, stop smoking. Male alligators in Florida with low sperm counts don't have this option. The pesticide DDT, used to kill mosquitoes, is being blamed for bringing on changes to alligator genitals in that state. An Italian study showed lower sperm counts in tollbooth collectors.

What to Do about Infertility in Men

With such a widespread problem comes a widespread effort to deal with it. Fertility centers around the country are expert in different treatments for infertility in men. Look for an experienced group that can handle every aspect of your infertility problem. The Internet is a great place to find centers that can help tackle this frustrating difficulty.


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