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Causes of Male Infertility Issues


According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 40 percent of men suffer from male infertility issues, including low sperm count and erectile dysfunction.  Family history, penile dysfunction, low testosterone count, and the use of recreational drugs decrease a man's ability to reproduce.  Several other factors also may decrease ejaculate volume,  including a previous history of sexually transmitted diseases and certain medications.  Not all causes are easy to detect, however.  These are several causes of male infertility issues.


Vein Enlargement in the Scrotum

The most common cause of male infertility issues is a condition called Varicocele.  Varicocele causes veins in the scrotum to enlarge, decreasing sperm mobility and volume.  40% of men with male infertility issues have at least one Varicocele in their scrotum.  It also lowers sperm quality, decreasing fertility.


Men Over 45

According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility, age also plays a factor in male infertility.  The study discovered that men over 45 took 26 months to conceive, whereas men under 20 took less than six months.  Scientists believe that lessened sperm quality and impotence increased conception time in participants.  Older men are also susceptible to age-related illnesses that cause male infertility issues, such as Diabetes and Heart Disease.


Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis, also causes male infertility issues.  97% of men with Cystic Fibrosis suffer from anejaculation, or an inability to ejaculate.  Other chronic diseases, such as Diabetes and Heart Disease, also cause infertility issues.


Marijuana and Other Recreational Drugs

Smoking marijuana also causes male infertility and impotence.  According to a study published by the University of Buffalo, regular use of marijuana significantly increased infertility due to sperm dysfunction.  Marijuana also decreased seminal fluid, the substance that enables sperm mobility.  Scientists also noted that men who regularly smoked marijuana had less ejaculate.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) also cause male infertility.  STDs, such as genital herpes and Syphilis, cause sores on the external portions of the penis and testicles, physically damaging a man's ability to reproduce.  Another STD called Gonorrhea causes infertility by infecting the testicles, a condition called epididymitis.  


Medications or Supplements

Several medications affect male fertility and sex drive, including anti-depressants, high blood pressure medication, and antibiotics.  Some medications even prevent sperm from attaching to the egg during conception.  Men are encouraged to discuss any fertility issues with a physician to avoid future complications.


Several other causes may decrease fertility not listed here.  If you are concerned you have male infertility issues, speak with a physician.  He can identify any issues and help decrease your infertility symptoms.

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