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FAQ on Male Infertility

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When it comes to addressing the issue of Infertility, it is not just about female infertility that is an issue to be focused on. Approximately 30%-40% of couples globally fail to conceive due to male infertility too. According to medical experts, of late there has been a significant increase in male infertility too, which has now thrown open a lot more questions to be answered.

In this article, Bangalore’s top fertility specialists associated with Ankur Healthcare rated as the best fertility care centre, share their thoughts on male infertility.

Q: Is Male Infertility a very common issue around the world?

A: Recent research data shows that male infertility is as common as female infertility. Male reproductive issues are turning out to be an equal cause of concern for fertility experts to deal with in addition to female infertility issues.

Q: What are the symptoms of male infertility?

A: Some of the common symptoms of male infertility include,

  • inability to ejaculate
  • Less quantity of seminal fluid released upon ejaculation
  • Blood in the semen
  • Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicular or genital area
  • Genital trauma due to a major health hazard

 Q: What are the causes of male infertility?

A: The causes of male infertility can be different for every male.

  • The presence of swollen or dilated veins surrounding the testicles. This condition is referred to as Varicocele.
  • Blockage in Sperm Flow
  • Hormonal issues
  • Genetic variations
  • Infections
  • Side effects due to medications

Q: How is male fertility diagnosed?

A: To diagnose male infertility your fertility specialist will study your medical history in detail and then recommend the following tests.

  • Complete physical examination
  • semen analysis (advanced)
  • An ultrasound may be used to detect a varicocele
  • genetic testing and counselling if required

Q: How can I evaluate my semen health?

A: Qualitative and Quantitative assessment of semen can only be evaluated properly by an andrologist/urologist. The semen is evaluated for,

  1. Motility: This refers to the ability of a sperm to move effectively.
  2. Morphology: This refers to the shape of a sperm
  3. Sperm count: This refers to the amount of sperm present in seminal fluid.

Q:  What is a “normal” range when it comes to sperm count?

A: As per WHO – 6th edition, the normal range for the number of sperm per millilitre spans from 15 million to 100 million.

Q: Can Fertility be enhanced?

A: You can boost fertility by maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Q: What are the common factors affecting male fertility?

A: Some of the risk factors include

  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption

The Final Note

One would never like to face the condition of male infertility. The heartening news is that there are several treatment options for male infertility. Please feel free to visit our experts at Ankur Healthcare and know more.

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