Category: Male Infertility

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Checking Your Plumbing: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Sperm Count

What does “low sperm count” mean?

When a couple has been unable to get pregnant for a year, that’s the medical definition of infertility. It’s an issue that affects about one in every six couples. While you might automatically think infertility has something to do with your partner’s “plumbing,” you might want to have your own checked. In about 30% of cases, infertility is at least partly the result of a male condition. This is called male infertility, and it can be related to oligospermia, which is the medical term for low sperm count. This is what it’s called when your sperm count is less than 15 million sperm per milliliter of sperm. If your sperm count is low, your chances of getting your partner pregnant are reduced, but as discussed in this article, there is treatment of low sperm count.

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Causes & Symptoms of Low Sperm Count and When You Should See the Doctor

Low sperm count is a condition that affects many men; however, because it is not routinely tested, and typically lacks obvious signs, those affected may not be aware of their sperm’s health. Understandably, most men only begin to think about their sperm count when experiencing difficulty in achieving conception and are concerned about male infertility. And while many men with a low sperm count may still be able to father children, the chances of achieving a successful conception decrease if you have a low sperm count. Not only is conception a concern, but low sperm count can sometimes be a sign of a bigger problem associated with the male reproductive system.

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The Impact of Eating More Nuts on Your Sperm Quality

In previous blog posts on male infertility, I’ve mentioned many factors that could have a negative impact on sperm count, quality and viability, but many men are surprised to hear the next tip to help increase your fertility  – eat more nuts. Because sperm use the components derived from different food sources to divide and grow adequately, fortifying your meal plan with a diet rich in proteins and vegetables can help decrease your chances of infertility.  And given the results of the most recent research study, while you’re making your grocery list, you should also consider adding more nuts to the list. … MORE

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4 Ways to Increase Male Fertility

Infertility is a problem which affects 10 to 15% of couples. It is a health problem which many patients are not initially aware of because male fertility problems may go unnoticed for years; until they decide it is time to try for a pregnancy. Many factors such as age, genetics and lifestyle choices can affect the health of your sperm and predispose you to infertility. While you can neither alter your genes or roll back the years, there are certain habits that can help increase male fertility. … MORE

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Acute Prostatitis: Why Should It be Treated Immediately?

Acute prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate, usually caused by a relatively fast-developing bacterial infection in the male urinary tract. It should be treated immediately because the scarring that can develop from the infection can block the ejaculatory ducts, which are the tiny “ports” that allow sperm to mix with semen during ejaculation.

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The Sagging Scrotum Cure

Low hanging balls are usually caused by varicoceles. Although not life-threatening, a varicocele is a cause for concern for men and adolescents. The main reason is fertility – now or in the future – with around 17 to 21 percent of all male infertility cases due to varicocele. This makes varicocele the single most common cause of male infertility issues. In fact, about 15 to 20 percent of the male population suffers from varicocele, which can be completely asymptomatic. However, many patients may notice that their scrotum hangs low, or as they describe it, they have low hanging balls. … MORE

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4 Causes of Male Infertility You May or May Not Know About

Couples trying to conceive can face an uphill battle even when there are no fertility issues at play with either partner. In fact, very few couples successfully conceive on the first attempt. When there ARE female or male infertility problems present, the quest for pregnancy can become quite lengthy or even impossible without medical assistance. … MORE

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Low Hanging Balls: Not Simply a Cosmetic Problem

“Why do I have old-man sagging balls?” is a question I am asked frequently, even by young men. A scrotum that hangs low can be a source of worry and embarrassment and even keep one from participating in sports or just enjoying a day at the beach. Many men regard low hanging balls as simply a cosmetic issue and seek help from a plastic surgeon.  In reality, the sagging scrotum is usually caused by a medical problem called a varicocele. … MORE

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Varicocele and Infertility: Adolescent and Adult Men

Many of my patients and their parents worry about the long term consequences when presented with a diagnosis of varicocele. A varicocele is a collection of swollen veins in the scrotum and often causes no readily apparent symptoms. However, there is unfortunately a strong link between varicoceles and male infertility, whether that is of an immediate concern or one further down the road. … MORE