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Potential Causes of Male Infertility

Last updated 6 years ago

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or to achieve pregnancy over a considerable period of time (typically, after one year for a female who is under age 35 or after six months for a female who is over age 35), despite determined attempts by heterosexual intercourse without the use of contraception, and includes females being unable to carry a pregnancy to term.

While many people believe that infertility is always related to female conditions, studies show that male infertility accounts for one-third of cases. Infertility can be due to male fertility problems as well as female. Couples who are struggling to conceive due to male infertility have a number of infertility treatment options. Visit a fertility clinic and read the following overview to learn about the potential causes of male infertility.

Male infertility has a number of causes; however, the most prevalent causes of male infertility include:

  • Varicocele
    Approximately 15% of men suffer from this condition, which occurs when the veins on the testicles are too large, causing blood to pool in the scrotum. This ultimately raises the body temperature and leads to a low sperm count.
  • Low Sperm Count
    Men with low sperm counts have an insufficient number of sperm or the complete inability to produce sperm.
  • Weak or Slow Sperm
    This condition describes the inability of the sperm to reach or penetrate the mature egg.
  • Injury
    Trauma may damage the reproductive system and block the sperm. Injury may also alter the shape of the sperm, making it more difficult to conceive a pregnancy.
  • Medication
    Some medications are linked to lower sperm counts, including certain antacids, antidepressants, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapy drugs.

Risk Factors
Specific factors can increase the chances of infertility in men, such as advanced age, heavy alcohol consumption, use of drugs, use of tobacco products, and environmental toxins. Certain health problems may also lead to male infertility, including the mumps, kidney disease, and hormone problems. In addition, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments may increase the risk of male infertility.

Are you and your partner struggling to conceive due to male infertility? Fertility Centers of Illinois can diagnose the cause and determine which fertility treatment option best suits your needs.  Contact us online, visit our website, or call our Chicago fertility clinic at (877) 499-8730 for more information.


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