Signs of infertility in men

May 8, 2018

Statistics show that almost 15% of the couples are infertile. Infertility means having regular intercourse for almost a year without using any birth control and not being able to conceive. Here, male infertility can be the culprit.

Male infertility might be because of low or zero sperm count in the semen, abnormal sperm function, obstructions, etc. There are a few signs and symptoms, which can point towards infertility. Read on to know more.


• Changes in sex drive

Hormonal health plays an extremely important role in a man’s fertility. When your sex drive becomes low or you notice changes in virility, it might indicate infertility.

• Pain or swelling in the testicles

There are several factors that can cause pain or swelling in the testicles. However, many of these conditions can be an indication of infertility.

• Problems maintaining erection

When you suffer from an inability to maintain your erection, it is usually because of the hormonal problems. And, this can delay pregnancy.

• Problems with ejaculation

Just like to maintain an erection, if you have problems with ejaculating, it is time to consult a doctor.

• Testicles that are small and firm

The testicles are where a man’s sperm resides. Therefore, healthy testicles are equal to fertility. If they are firm and small, then it could an indication of infertility.

• Varicocele

In this condition, you will notice the swelling in the veins near the testicles. It is a common cause of male infertility. The exact reason why it occurs is still unknown. However, it can be related to abnormal testicular temperature regulation. This condition leads to the reduction in the quality of the sperm. When you opt for treatments, it can help improve your sperm quality.

• Infection

There are a few infections, which can hamper the sperm production and sperm health, also, sometimes blocking the passage of sperm. These infections include; inflammation of the epididymis or testicles, sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and HIV.

• Chromosome defects

Some genetic disorders such as Klinefelter’s syndrome, where a man is born with two x chromosomes and one Y chromosome (where in actuality, there must be one y and one x chromosome).

What causes Male Infertility?

Usually, male infertility is either because of sperm production or sperm transportation. When you experience any of the above symptoms, it is time to visit Apollo Fertility. The qualified doctors will conduct the necessary tests to narrow down the problem and prescribe the correct solution. Statistics show that almost one-third of infertility problems in men is because of the inability to produce sperm or low sperm or zero sperm count.

The inability to transport sperm is found in one out of every five infertile men. This holds true for even those who have undergone a vasectomy. This might be because of obstructions in the tubes which is responsible for sperm transportation. Sometimes, it so happens that the tubes that are supposed to transport the sperm from the testicles to the penis are not placed correctly. Other uncommon infertility problems are; sexual problems, hormonal problems, and sperm antibodies.

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