Examining the Foremost Causes of Male Infertility

Examining the Foremost Causes of Male Infertility

by | January 5th, 2016


Studies show that approximately 15% of couples are infertile.

Male Infertility While the term infertile is typically associated with complications of the female reproductive system, male infertility accounts for approximately 50%  of cases. Consider this overview on the foremost causes of male infertility to learn more.

Sperm Disorders

In many cases, male infertility is caused by disorders with the production or maturation of sperm. Some of the most common sperm disorders include oligospermia (abnormally low sperm count) and asoozpermia (no sperm at all.) Many of these sperm disorders are caused by immunological disorders, genetic diseases, infectious diseases, inflammatory conditions, and endocrine or hormonal disorders.

Anatomical Abnormalities

Other common causes of male infertility include anatomical abnormalities, such as obstructions of the genetic tract that partially or completely impede the flow of seminal fluid. While these anatomical abnormalities are typically congenital, or present at birth, other abnormalities can be caused by infection of the urogenital tract, scar tissue within the genital tract, or scrotal varicoceles (varicose veins).

Chromosomal Abnormalities

Some men suffer from infertility due to Klinefelter syndrome, a condition in which men have an extra X-sex chromosome that affects their abilities to produce high volumes of sperm. In other cases, male infertility can be caused by an unusual number of chromosomes in the nucleus of their cells that ultimately rearrange their chromosomes and leads to sperm disorders.

Additional Risk Factors

The risks for developing male infertility can be increased based on a number of factors, including:

  • History of genital infection or prostatis.
  • Testicular trauma.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
  • Cigarette/marijuana smoke.
  • Exposure to high temperatures or toxic substances.
  • Prescription medications used to treat psoriasis or ulcers.

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