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Caution For Men – Are You Infertile? (Guest Writter)

by | August 7th, 2010

You have a problem and it is the worst thing that can happen to a guy. It is a huge blow to your male pride. Some might even see it as a fate worse then death, some might view it as the biggest disgrace in their life. I am taking about male infertility. It is a sad truth that almost 40% of the time in an infertile couple, the male is to be blamed.

The definition for male infertility is really to do with the sperm’s inability to fertilize the egg for whatever reason. It could be a structural problem, like the testes are not producing enough hormones or a functional problem like weak motility due to excessive alcohol consumption.

The Cause and Solution

Here are some of the more common physical causes of male infertility; Varicocele, testicular failure, hypogonadism and ejaculatory disorders. For males only one organ is affected and that is the testes. Compared to females males have it easier, as male infertility only concentrates on one organ and as such, it is easier to treat. Once the source of the quandary is diagnosed, appropriate treatment can be given. As such there are many options available for males.

Another widespread cause of male infertility is low sperm count. Low sperm count is universally known as oligospermis. As a rule culture testing is done to determine if a man has low sperm count prior to starting on any other testing. The test will also determine anything irregular in the shape and movement of the sperm. Some simple solutions to help with male infertility are basically a change in lifestyle. If you smoke and drink then it might be a good idea to quit as studies have directly linked excessive smoking and drinking to poor quality and quantity of sperm. Excessively strenuous exercise might have an effect in good quality sperm growth. So if you are caught up in the above mentioned, then reorganizing your life might be best.

Obesity And Infertility: More Common Everyday

It is common knowledge that obesity and infertility are generally related. Common statistics show that about 1 out of 10 people globally are overweight. In North America and United Kingdoms the figures are worse! Almost 3 out of every 10 are over-weight. These figures are just basic guidelines to show the total population’s status. How would it affect you precisely is if you are obese, it drastically decreases the chances of you conceiving. And that goes for both men and women.

How Does Obesity Affect Infertility?

Obesity is the quiet slayer. It steadily brings down the health of a person, without any obvious action, by the time the health issues are exposed it is usually too late. Obesity is not an inherited issue. Though if your parents were large there is a high chance that you will be full-size too. But being big or massive does not mean one is obese. This is assuming that there are no innate structural problems with the couple. Obesity affects the body by causing lower levels of necessary estrogen to be produced. That hinders normal sperm and egg production.

Exercise is the best way to burn away unnecessary fats. It all boils down to how badly you wish to have a child. Most couples, if they found out that it was their obesity that caused their infertility; they would do anything in their power to lose weight.

It will take time for you to jump start your engines as your body has been overweight for sometime. It will not be easy at the onset, but preserver and you will be good.

Find help through the online community

Infertility message boards can give you the foundation and friendship that you need to survive your infertility. You can find support through infertility message boards from groups of people who have experienced or are currently in the same situation as you. It is easier to talk to someone online with instead of face to face. You can get your questions answered by people who have gone through the treatments before.

Things to Talk About

For the women, you will be able to share your hopes, dreams and even your pains with this online support group. You can also find out what therapy is available that you might not know about.

Do not feel embarrassed to ask questions on the infertility message boards. That is what they are created for. Actively participate in the discussions so as to increase your knowledge. This will help you to put your mind at ease as you will have more information as well as open various options for you to choose. Less stress is always good for your general health. Infertility message boards are very helpful for relieving that stress. The two of you discussing the things that you have found out on the infertility discussion boards can help you to talk more openly with each other and also to discuss things with your doctor that you may have not thought about before.

It works as essentially an online support group and that will span continents and countries. This is something that is a great benefit as that will open your eyes to the fact that you are not alone.

Cindy Heller is a professional writer. Visit infertility help site to learn about questions concerning male infertility drugs and other male infertility solutions.

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