This blog post is focused on Men, as November is Men’s Health Month. Did you know that about 1 in 100 couples cannot fall pregnant due to male infertility and about 10 – 15% of males have low sperm or no sperm at all? Male fertility problems include poor quality sperm, low sperm count or blockages in the tubes of the reproductive system.

Infertility is defined clinically in women and men who cannot achieve pregnancy after 1 year of having intercourse without using birth control. Many factors and medical conditions can contribute to infertility. Overall, one-third of infertility cases are caused by male reproductive issues, one-third by female reproductive issues, and one-third by both male and female reproductive issues or by unknown factors

The major causes of male infertility are:

  • Obstructions to the passage of sperm (varicocele)
  • Problems with sperm (such as low sperm count)
  • Functional problems (such as impotence)
  • Hormonal problems
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Age related problems

Infertility can have multiple causes and may depend on genetics, general health, fitness, diseases, and dietary contaminants. These are all treatable causes, and in most cases, there are medical and non-medical treatments. Additionally, there are things you can do at home. A healthy lifestyle and diet, cessation of smoking, reduction of alcohol and adequate sleep are important lifestyle factors and can help improve fertility.

If you think that you are experiencing any of these issues or problems, please see your GP.