There are a lot of couples right now facing infertility problems compared to a few decades ago. The common misconception is that when a couple can’t have a baby, the problem is with the female. This is wrong because according to a study, 40% of fertility issue comes from men and another 40% comes from women. The remaining 20% is either unknown or the issue is coming from both parties.
Male infertility could be any of the following problems:
- Sperm Motility – It is the ability of the sperm to swim through. Low in motility could mean that your sperm is unable to reach the egg.
- Varicocele – It is a condition where the veins in the scrotum are dilated.
- Too much xenoestrogen exposure
- Urethral Stricture – It is the narrowing of the urethra.
- Undescended testis/testes (cryptorchidism) It is when the testicle hasn’t moved in the scrotum before birth.
- Low sperm count– This the most common problem. It is the inability of the testes to produce enough sperm.
Here are some statistics about men infertility from World Health Organization:
- 85 % of infertility are treated with medications or surgery with the reproductive organs.
- A very small percentage of couples attempt IVF (in vitro fertilization) which costs around $10,000. Another downside of this solution is that the success rate is ranging from 10 to 20% only.
- 10 to 20% of men have low sperm count.
- Around 2 to 3% of men can’t produce sperm at all.
- 15% of the population within the reproductive age population have been affected by infertility.
Before going to the doctor you might want to learn how to increase fertility naturally. Start with eating foods rich in Zinc and vitamin E. These foods are oysters, lean beef, legumes and nuts. For vitamin C you can eat citrus fruits. Completely avoid coffee, alcohol, tobacco and tea. Keep your weight in control. Loss of sex drive is due to food deprivation.