Every couple dream of having a baby one day. For some that dream comes true pretty soon, for some, it takes time while unfortunately for others it never happens. As per the researches, around 15% of the couple are infertile. Now infertility may be due to the female partner or due to the male partner. And in around half the couples, it is due to male infertility. Male infertility could be less number of sperms or abnormal sperm functions or blockages or any such similar thing. Also, the reasons for male infertility could be many, from illness, injuries to chronic health problems or lifestyle choices. The good thing is that to a number of male infertility problems, treatments are available.
How common is male infertility?
For about one in five couples, the sole reason for not being able to have a baby is male partner’s infertility. As per the studies, one in 20 men have some or the other infertility problems.
Male Reproductive System:
The male reproductive system consists of testes, ducts and glands. The brain as well plays an essential role in control of the male reproductive system.
The production of male hormones and sperm is controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, situated at the base of the brain. The testes are a egg-shaped glands pair that are present in the scrotum and make sperm. The sperm spend 3 to 10 days transitioning through epidemic after they released from the testes and penetrate the egg.
At orgasm, muscle contractions carries the sperm from the testes through to the vas deferens. This mixture of sperm and the semen travels through the urethra to the tip of the penis where it is ejaculated.
Symptoms of male infertility:
Medical tests are needed to confirm if a man is infertile. One of the main signs of male infertility is the inability to have a baby.
Symptoms of male infertility include:
• Sexual dysfunction
• Discomfort or swelling in the testicle area
• Chromosomal or hormonal abnormality
• Lower normal sperm count
In case a couple has been trying to have a baby for more than a year, and no problem has been found with the female partner, male partner should get himself checked as well.