Reasons For Infertility
Looking for reasons for infertility? Unfortunately, 10 to 15 percent of couples that live in the United States are infertile. The only real symptom of infertility is the inability of yourself and your partner to get pregnant. This guideline will go over the main reasons, or causes, for infertility. If you think that you are infertile, you should see your doctor. In most cases, there are forms of treatment available for infertility in men.
- Varicocele. If you have a varicocele, it means that a valve in your body is no longer pumping blood correctly. With a varicocele, blood can actually flow backwards into your scrotum, which prevents normal cooling of your testicles. If your testicles are not able to cool correctly, then your sperm count and motility will be reduced.
- Impaired Shape And Movement Of Sperm. Believe it or not, if your sperm is not shaped correctly, then your sperm will be unable to penetrate your partner's egg. Properly shaped sperm has to be able to move fast enough and accurately enough to reach your partner's egg.
- Low Sperm Concentration. Low sperm concentration is one of the most popular reasons for infertility. Men who are fertile will have a sperm concentration of at least 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Men who are infertile will have a sperm concentration that is lower than 10 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
- Undescended Testicle. You will know if you have an undescended testicle. With an undescended testicle, when you were developing as a baby, at least one of your testicles did not drop from your abdomen into your scrotum. Men with an undescended testicle may have a low sperm concentration because one or both testicles are exposed to temperatures that are higher than they are in the scrotum.
- Genetic Defects. Men that are infertile may suffer from Klinefelter's syndrome. With Klinefelter's syndrome, a man will have two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome. Men that do not suffer from any genetic defects will have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. Klinefelter's syndrome can cause men to have low or zero sperm concentration, which leads to infertility.