When couples are unable to have a baby, many question the fertility of the woman, but it is important to remember that the egg from the woman and sperm from the man together result in pregnancy. This means that there are chances that the male partner is the cause of not being able to conceive. Statistics show that male infertility is the cause of non-conception in 20% of couples.
Healthy men can father children even in their 60s and 70s, while women in their late 40s or 50s can find it difficult to conceive. But that doesn’t mean when couples are facing problems with infertility, the focus should be on the woman. With June being Men’s Health Month, let’s look at how common male infertility is.
Did you know that sperm counts in western world have almost halved in the last 50 years and continue to fall at a rate of nearly 2% per year? This alarming trend can be attributed to factors such as high levels of lead and other toxic chemicals in the environment, use of harmful pesticides, certain occupations, increased stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.
In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its reference values for the Semen Analysis. This update was long overdue as the last version was published in 1999. There is a significant difference on how the old and new reference ranges were derived. In the past, semen data from random populations of men were analyzed […]
Regularly drinking heavy amounts of alcohol intake can raise the risk for a number of health issues ranging from hangovers to cirrhosis of the liver. New research suggests heavy drinking may also be tied to men’s reproductive health. A recent study found that young men who drank more than five alcoholic beverages a week experienced […]
Human exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor in falling sperm counts and reduced male fertility, new research suggests. Fluorescence microscopy using an aluminum-specific stain confirmed the presence of aluminum in semen and showed aluminum inside individual sperm. Read the full article here
Since studies are lacking no conclusions can be drawn about the type of sperm characteristics in which assisted reproduction using ICSI can be superior to IVF Since suitable studies are lacking, it remains unclear in which sperm analysis parameters assisted reproduction using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be superior to in vitro fertilization (IVF). This […]
The inability of a woman to conceive can be attributed to fertility problems in the woman or her male partner, or both. Donor sperm can be used when the male partner is infertile. It is usually indicated when a man produces little or no sperm, produces sperm that is not healthy enough to fertilise an […]
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone or FSH is secreted by the pituitary gland, a pea-sized endocrine gland located at the base of the brain. FSH induces the ovaries to produce eggs and brings about the menstrual cycle in women, causes the production of sperm cells in men, and is associated with the maturation of sexual characteristics in children. […]