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Male Health: Some of the Factors Involved in Male Infertility

With the pace of modern life becoming faster and faster, work pressure on men also increases, leading to many health problems affecting male fertility.


Four factors that affect male fertility


Many men hardly pay attention to their maintenance in daily life. Various physical problems are exposed when they want to have kids in the marriage, which affects fertility. 

Then, what kinds of behaviors can affect men's fertility?


1. Smoking and drinking


The longer and more you smoke, the fewer the sperm is and the higher the malformation rates are. At the same time, the activity of the sperm decreases.


That is because the chromium contained in tobacco has a strong killing power on sperm, while nicotine and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can cause changes in sperm morphology. Alcohol also has a direct effect on sperm. If you drop alcohol on the semen, the sperm will die immediately. Therefore, alcoholic men are at higher risk of having malformed and dead sperm.


Expert’s advice: It is an undeniable fact that long-term smoking and heavy drinking can do damage to the sexual and reproductive function of men. The damage not only affects men themselves but may also affect other people’s health, especially the wife and children. Care for your family and start to quit smoking and drink less.


2. Improper diet


Food provides people with energy, but an improper diet may also lead to infertility. Overeating spicy food can lead to male genito-urinary organ congestion, so semen volume will decrease, and the quality will also change. If you are too picky about food, you will be short of zinc and selenium, the two elements necessary for sperm production. Without enough nutrients, sperm cannot form and mature.


Expert’s advice: Nutrition advocates a balanced diet, that is, do not be too picky. These foods contain vitamin C and so on, which can improve the quality and quantity of sperm.


3. Radiation


Sperm fear radiation from electromagnetic fields. Radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays, ultraviolet, ultrasonic, and laser such as mobile phones, computers, and so on can affect the spermatogenic function of men.


Expert’s advice: For security, it's better to cut down exposure to these radiations. Men should keep their phones away from the sensitive part of their bodies when not in use.


4. Mental stress

Social competition is fierce. Long-term and intensive mental tension is one of the causes of male infertility. Mental tension can easily lead to endocrine disorders. Because the neuroendocrine system plays a vital role in the reproductive process, any interference with the neuroendocrine balance may hurt reproductive function.


Expert’s advice: For example, some couples choose the optimal time to inseminate but fail to be pregnant. On the contrary, they often become pregnant by accident. Some people take artificial insemination in the hospital but have a lower sperm count than usual. Of course, not everyone is like this. It indicates that people prone to suffer mental stress will affect reproductive function.


A common cause of male infertility


Reproductive organ infection: bacterial, protozoan, virus infection, and so on can directly damage the testis, seriously affect the male spermatogenic ability, and cause the reduction of sperm activity. It can also lead to infertility if the situation is serious. Orchitis, epididymitis, and prostatitis can also affect sperm and lead to infertility if left untreated for a long time. For infertility caused by these inflammatory factors, patients can take herbal medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammory Pill.


Chromosomal abnormalities: such as hermaphroditism, maldevelopment, or abnormal reproductive organs, can lead to male infertility.


Testicular abnormalities: testicular abnormalities can be divided into three categories: cryptorchidism, which not only can lead to infertility but also can induce malignant changes; embryonic primordium is damaged in the fetal period because of an adverse environment; early testicular injury caused by a birth injury during labor.


Acquired testicular injury: such as hernia repair, testis fixation operation, hydrocele operation, etc., can cause damage to testicular blood vessels, obstruct blood supply, and cause atrophy testis.


Hydrocele: Hydrocele compresses blood circulation to the testes, causing infection or atrophy of the testes. The incidence of the disease after puberty is 16% to 19%.


Blood supply disorders: For arteriosclerosis patients and diabetes patients, it is often accompanied by the occurrence of testicular arteriolar disease and reduction of the production and growth of sperm, which result in infertility.


Age factor: Degenerative changes in testicular tissue begin when men are around 30 years old, and their fertility gradually declines.

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