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Causes of Male Infertility

Male infertility results from many factors. Among the causes of this problem are low sperm production, blockage of the sperm delivery system, antibodies against sperm, injury to a testicle, problems with hormone production, poor descent of one or both testes, or the presence of a varicose vein around testicle.

Male fertility Evaluation

This test involves a semen analysis performed in the office of the woman's gynecologist. If any abnormality is found, the man may be referred to a urologist for a thorough physical examination and laboratory tests. Lab tests include analyses of semen, urine, and blood. Three semen specimens are collected over three to four weeks after a period of sexual abstinence. The sperm is counted and evaluated for their movement and shape. Test results can show many things. For example, a man whose sperm count is low might otherwise be fertile if his sperm are healthy and move properly.

Another important test is the sperm penetration assay (SPA), or hamster test. The SPA, which can often identify a functional abnormality in the sperm, is usually performed last, when other tests cannot explain a couple's infertility.

The Easy Cures for Male Infertility

Age: Sperm production drops sharply after age 30. Your chances of conceiving before the age of 30 are higher than after the age of 30.

Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers the production of the male hormone testosterone. Drink less alcohol to prevent infertility.

Caffeine: Drink less coffee to prevent or cure infertility. Coffee and medications with caffeine appear to make sperm sluggish.

Cimetidine: If you are taking this drug and you are trying to conceive at the same time, try to reduce the dosage or take it at another time. This drug is used to treat ulcers but decreases testosterone levels.

Clothing: Wearing tight trousers or underwear can overheat sperm-producing cells in testicles, which lowers sperm count. Wear loose underwear and clothing to cure this problem.

Smoking: Lowers sperm count and slows sperm mobility. Do not smoke or try to stop to prevent infertility

Recreational Drugs: Marijuana and other drugs may decrease testosterone levels. Stay away from drugs.

Infection: All sexually transmitted diseases can have an adverse effect on fertility. Get tested for STD's and HIV to prevent this problem.

Hot tubs: Use the hot tubs once in a blue moon. Frequent use can lower sperm count by overheating sperm-production cells.