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A Closer Look at Male Infertility

Nearly 15% of couples are infertile, meaning they haven't gotten pregnant after trying for at least a year. But it's not just a women's issue. Both genders can have problems that affect fertility.

Some signs and symptoms of male infertility include:

  • Issues with sexual function
  • Pain or swelling in the testicle area
  • Decreased body or facial hair
  • Low sperm count

The good news is specialists can treat 80-90% of the causes of male infertility.

Here are some stats and facts about male infertility and tips to take care of your sperm.

One in eight couple has infertility problems, meaning trouble conceiving a child after one year of unprotected sex. Both men and women contribute to infertility.

Top Causes of Male Infertility

  • Varicocele (varicose vein in the scrotum)
  • Hormone abnormalities
  • Use of testosterone supplements
  • Problems with semen, such as abnormal size and shape of sperm, low sperm count or slow sperm
  • Illness, injury and lifestyle choices

Common Treatment Options

  • Varicocele repair
  • Hormone treatments
  • Procedure to find sperm (50-99% successful)
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Vasectomy reversal (85-95% successful)

What you can to do take care of your sperm

  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly

The good news: Nearly 90% of the causes of male infertility can be treated by a specialist.