Unhealthy lifestyle- a major cause for male infertility
The main causes for the male infertility are poor sperm quality, low sperm count, testicular damage and hormonal imbalance. These account for over 90 percent of all male infertility. An unhealthy lifestyle can be contributed to these factors:
- Alcohol: alcohol is very toxic to the producing cells of sperm and it also leads to hormonal imbalance.
- Smoking: smoking can decrease both sperm cell motility and sperm count significantly. Sperm cell motility is an essential measure of the quality of the sperm.
- Overly intense exercising: this makes a very high level of the adrenal steroid hormones than can lead to infertility.
- Excessive stress: according to some studies, it has been reported that the couples are more likely to get success in months when they feel good and relaxed and pregnancy is less likely to occur when the couple feel stressful and intense.
- Tight undergarment: this increases the temperature of the scrotum which can lead to decrease in the production of the sperm because the sperm survive better at a low temperature.
- Not enough zinc and vitamin D in the diet: vitamin D is important for the development of the sperm cells. It also aids in maintaining the semen quality and sperm counts. Zinc can directly affect the count of the sperm because it is found in high concentration in sperms.
About 1/6th of the couples experience fertility issues. The studies show that forty percent of the time, infertility is caused by the female factors, it is 40 percent of the time caused by the make factors and 20% of the time it is caused by the combination of both. This means that if a couple has been trying to get pregnant for over a year, the male should most definitely get his sperm count checked.
The signs of male infertility
There are probably not any obvious symptoms and signs of the male infertility other than the inability of having a child. A lot of men are not aware that they have infertility issues until they attempt for conceiving with their partner. However in some cases, the symptoms and signs do arise, which include:
- Swelling, pain or lump in the testicular area
- Issues with sexual function
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Decrease in body and facial hair.
Other essential factors
Other important factors which cause infertility in men are taking bath in very hot water, using underwear which is excessively tight ,long hours of sitting or inactivity, exposure to pesticides, obesity etc. the over usage of laptop is another factor which can cause infertility. A lot of men these days use laptop by keeping them on their tap, close to their scrotum. This leads to over-heating of the scrotum and it getting trapped between the thighs when at the same time positioning the laptop on the thighs. Using the bicycles for a long duration can result in damaging the important blood vessels and nerves in the scrotum.
The experts recommend the intake of nutritious diets which are rich in the anti-oxidants like tomatoes, melons, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, carrots, berries and fish oil.
Your fertility is very much the reflection of your health. In case you abide by the principles of healthy living, and are healthy, it is very much likely that even your sperms are also healthy, given you have not sustained permanent damage to the sperm- making equipment of yours in your past (by infection or trauma, for example), or were not born with a structural problem or a disorder which can prevent you from making viable sperms. Having a baby and taking your progeny forward is a natural need for the human beings. Unluckily, this natural act is now becoming harder and harder these days. Nonetheless, by following a healthy and a relaxed lifestyle, you can easily fulfill your desire of becoming parents of a healthy baby.