Did you know that studies show a 1/3 of all infertility cases are male factor related? It takes 2 to tango and two to make a baby. If you are trying so hard to get pregnant and doing all the things (charting, planning, eating avocado and seeds, shots, peeing in cups, etc.) then you might want to get your mate involved too since they are one half of the equation.
But what can your mate do. It’s not like he can chart his ovulation or map out his cycle. Yes he has hormones but they aren’t nearly as intricate a role as yours are but they do play a very important role when it comes to baby making.
According to western medicine male factor infertility are due to one (or more) of the following issues:
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm morphology (size and shape of sperm)
- Poor motility (sperms ability to swim).
If you think there might be an issue I always encourage my clients to have their partners tested to rule this out. If it is the man’s issue then it’s usually an easy fix.
Here are 10 things that could be a factor in male fertility.
an abnormally enlarged and twisted vein in the spermatic cord that connects to the testicles. These are found in about 15% of all men and about 40% of infertile men. These can raise testicular temperature, which can affect sperms shape, production and movement.
Repeated infections from sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea or viruses such as mumps, HPV or infections of the urinary tract or genitals.
Any major physical or mental stress can reduce sperm count.
4: Testicular overheating
High fevers, laptops, hot tubs, saunas, and any hot environment can temporarily lower sperm count.
5: Substance abuse
Cocaine, marijuana, heavy alcohol consumption, and anabolic steroid use can temporarily reduce the quantity, quality, and mobility of sperm.
6: Smoking Cigarettes
This may affect sperm quality and not to mention its just unhealthy in general.
BMI (body mass index) over 30 can impair hormonal levels and adversely affect fertility.
Can affect erectile function as pressure from the bike seat may damage blood vessels and nerves that are responsible for erections.
9: Toxic environmental chemicals
such as herbicides, pesticides and hormone- disrupting chemicals such as BPA. These alter hormonal systems and can affect testicular function.
10: Medical conditions
A traumatic injury or major surgery, diabetes, HIV, thyroid disease, crushing syndrome, heart attack, liver or kidney failure and chronic anemia.
As you can see there are many things that can affect male and be a contributing factor to the inability to get pregnant. If you suspect your mate suffers from any of the above mentioned items, my programs can help. I work with couples and women alike to solve their hormone puzzle and help them achieve a healthy pregnancy and baby. If you want to find out if working with me is your next best step, let’s book a call. You can do that HERE.
Love and Health,