For many men, Father’s Day is a reminder that they could one day be dads themselves. When the time is right to make a baby with your partner, it often comes as a big surprise when it doesn’t happen as easily as expected. Knowing the male infertility risk factors can help you understand your own fertility, so if you need it, you can get a little help on the path to parenthood from a New York fertility specialist.
About 10% of couples in the United States face an infertility diagnosis, and about 40% of the time, the problem isn’t the woman – it’s the male partner. Another third of the time, male infertility combines with female infertility to make it even harder to make a baby.
Researchers say that some male infertility risk factors are environmental.
While lifestyle changes may help with some of these, there are other male infertility risk factors over which men have no control. Some men are born with birth defects of the reproductive tract, were exposed to the synthetic hormone DES in utero, or had undescended testicles as a child. Aging is also associated with declining fertility in men.
Obesity is linked to male infertility, as are some chronic illnesses, such as sickle cell disease and CF. And, if someone in your family has a history of male infertility, your risk may be higher.
Past surgery to the genital, abdominal or pelvic area, including hernia repair or vasectomy, is another warning sign. Any history of trauma to the testicles, genital infection, prostate disease, or having the mumps after puberty, should also be considered a risk factor.
If you have any of the male infertility risk factors, it’s a good idea to see a fertility specialist for a semen analysis to find out if you have enough good-quality sperm to achieve pregnancy naturally.
This Father’s Day, give yourself the gift of knowing your fertility status. To learn more about male infertility risk factors or to get tested, contact us to schedule a consultation with a New York fertility specialist.