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Male Infertility: Symptoms and Causes

    Discovering that you’re infertile can be disheartening, embarrassing, and frightening. It is normal to feel that way because every man feels potent until the news of infertility is broken to them as cold as ice.

    So, if you’ve been experiencing a hard time in your marriage trying to give birth and every means has proved abortive, then you should examine yourself.

    I know how frustrating it can be for you not to be able to successfully impregnate a woman. 

    However, I also want you to know that there are several treatments available for male infertility, so don’t fret.

    This article is your searchlight to fully understand male infertility— Its symptoms as well as its causes.

    Symptoms Of Male Infertility

    In this section, you’ll see a couple of the popular and most noticeable symptoms of male infertility. Read on.

    • The first and most notable symptom is the inability to give birth. It is the most obvious. Else, why would you think you’re infertile? 
    • You may be having complications with your sexual function. What do I mean? What I imply by sexual function is simply when you have difficulty with ejaculation or when small volumes of fluid are ejaculated or reduced sexual desire, or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
    • Another symptom is when you experience pains, a kind of swelling or possibly a lump in the testicle area.
    • When you have regular respiratory infections.
    • More so, a possible symptom is when you have a reduced ability to smell.
    • You can also experience abnormal breast growth (gynecomastia).
    • Your facial or body hair will be reduced or other signs of a chromosomal or hormonal abnormality.
    • When your sperm count is lower than the normal sperm count (fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen or a total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculate).

    These symptoms, however, do not mean that you’re infertile. They are merely possible symptoms gathered from various studies. 

    The case of not being able to give birth, nonetheless, is the most evident symptom.

    So, let’s head on to the next section to see the main causes of male infertility.

    Causes Of Male Infertility

    Here are a few medical causes of male infertility:

    • Varicocele

    Don’t be frightened, that’s just what those medical geeks come up with for the swelling of veins that drain the testicle. The good news is that varicocele is the most common reversible cause of male infertility.

    • Infection

    Oh, yeah. There are a couple of infections that can cause male infertility. I know you must have guessed that, eh?

    Some infections can mess with your sperm production or sperm health, leading to infertility. For example, gonorrhoea, HIV, inflammation of the epididymis (epididymitis) or testicles (orchitis).

    • Ejaculation issues

    This may sound sick, but it happens and it is a major issue with male fertility, making it difficult to impregnate a woman. We have ejaculation issues like retrograde ejaculation.

    Retrograde ejaculation occurs when your semen enters the bladder during orgasm instead of emerging out the tip of the penis.

    • Antibodies that attack sperm

    Some Anti-sperm antibodies can harm the sperm by attacking it, resulting in infertility.

    • Problems with sexual intercourse

    Another cause of infertility is when you have problems with having proper sex with your partner.

    It may be that you have one of these— erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, anatomical abnormalities.