What is Male Fertility?

Male fertility is half of the equation when trying to conceive (TTC) and therefore it is equally as important as female fertility. Males contribute to or are responsible for a couple's infertility about 40% of the time, and since male fertility testing is simpler and less invasive than fertility testing in females, it is commonly recommended for fertility testing to begin with the man. Male infertility is the number one single cause of infertility among most couples and it is largely due to abnormal sperm. There are several problems with a man’s sperm that can affect his fertility, such as low sperm count, low sperm motility, and abnormal sperm shape. Some experts suggest that over half of all male infertility is due to a low sperm count. The most common one, low sperm count, is the one that is most often discussed, and with good reason. Some experts suggest that over half of all male infertility is due to a low sperm count.

However, there are other types of sperm problems that can interfere with pregnancy, including low sperm motility (movement) and abnormal sperm. Abnormal sperm can be caused by a number of factors but the most common are age and genetics. As a man ages, sperm tends to have a higher number of genetic abnormalities. It’s more likely for a man in his 50s to have a high number of abnormal sperm than it is for a man in his 20s, for example. Exposure to heavy metals, radiation, and even certain nutrients can also affect your sperm. These can cause a low sperm count, problems with motility as well as abnormal sperm. Abnormal sperm can also be caused by infection, fever, alcohol consumption, smoking, and certain medical abnormalities like a varicocele or a congenital testicular defect.

Sperm Count Calculator

The babyMed sperm calculator will tell you if you have a sufficient sperm count as well as information on male fertility. ... read more »

Impact of a Man's Age on Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes

A man's age may impact both his fertility as well as the pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Male Infertility Treatment

Male infertility afflicts about 50% of all infertile couples. Studies show that there is a male sperm problem in about 50% of infertile couples, about 1/2 of these cases problem is found in man alone. ... read more »

Is it Normal for Semen to Leak Out of the Vagina?

Sperm leakage happens. Some women notice some discharge immediately after sex and think that sperm and semen leaking out of the vagina is the cause of infertility. Is it? ... read more »

How Often Does a Vasectomy Fail?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure on a man that makes him sterile, or unable to get a woman pregnant. Vasectomies are very effective. It has been estimated that only about 15 out of 10,000 couples get pregnant during the first year after a vasectomy. ... read more »

Laptops May Negatively Affect Male Fertility

According to the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, men who use a laptop can experience negative effects due to the heat put off by the computer. ... read more »

Grape Seed Extract Can Improve Male Fertility

Are you facing male fertility problems and are interested in improving it naturally? Then be sure to read how grape seed extracts can help you accomplish this! ... read more »

Sperm Coating Could be the Cause of Male Infertility

A connection between the outer protein coating of sperm and male fertility has been found. A defective gene that inhibits the production of DEFB126, also known as the protein coating on sperm, has been found to effect fertility.  ... read more »

Common Ejaculation Problems in Men

When a man has an ejaculation problem, he may think he is the only man on earth that can't ejaculate just right. ... read more »

For Guys - What to Expect at the Fertility Doctor

While you know in your mind that a medical issue that causes you fertility problems doesn't reflect on your manhood, psychologically it can be a different story. It's intimidating. ... read more »

7 Lifestyle Changes to Boost Male Fertility

Male fertility is affected by many factors. There are genetic factors, such as a predisposition to low testosterone. There are physical factors, such as a blocked vans deferens, keeping sperm from entering the ejaculate. ... read more »

4 Natural Ways to Boost Male Fertility

Not everything goes as planned when you're trying to conceive. Your part of the whole process seems pretty straightforward - wait until the right time of the month when your partner is fertile, do the baby dance and you're all done...right? ... read more »

Options when Your Sperm Count is Low

A low sperm count is one of the most common causes of male infertility. Like many other fertility problems, there often are no other symptoms other than having trouble trying to conceive. ... read more »

Cialis May Help Men Orgasm and Ejaculate

Cialis, one of the more popular erectile dysfunction drugs, may help men achieve orgasm and ejaculation, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Urology International. ... read more »

Lifestyle Choices that Reduce Male Fertility

There are hundreds of reasons for male infertility. Some are medical in nature and others are a result of an accident or extreme physical event that occurred early in life. Male fertility can be associated with prescription medications, genetics and age. ... read more »

Men: Are the Foods You Eat Reducing Your Fertility?

Have you ever heard the saying, 'You are what you eat?' Eatingunhealthy, high-fat, processed foods are not the best choice for overall health and overall health has more of an impact on fertility than manymen understand. ... read more »

How to Recognize Low Testosterone Levels

At the age of 30, testosterone levels peak. With each passing year, testosterone levels diminish. For some men, early signs of low testosterone levels cause significant concern. ... read more »

Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Male Fertility

The amount of testosterone produced by the gonads reduces with age. This is a common side effect of aging. However, some men suffer from low testosterone while still in their reproductive years. ... read more »

When to Have Male Fertility Tested

About 50% of all fertility issues are associated with male problems. Many couples face fertility problems and when to have male fertility tested is a recurring question. ... read more »

Cell Phones in Pockets Linked to Diminished Sperm Quality

A growing body of scientific study indicates the front pant pocket may not be the ideal place for a man to keep his mobile phone if he wants to father children. ... read more »

Study Calls for Improved Fertility Testing of Obese Men

Improvements may be needed in assessing male infertility. Obese men may face fertility challenges not routinely measured at this time. ... read more »

Like the Egg, Sperm Suffers Consequences of Aging, Too

The findings of a recent meta-analysis of studies of sperm quality and paternal age suggest DNA quality within the sperm is compromised as men age. ... read more »

High Cholesterol Compromises Male, Female Fertility

The findings of a recent study indicate high cholesterol levels in the bloodstream compromise a couple’s risk of conceiving a child. ... read more »

Stress Affects Sperm, Semen Quality; Fertility Suffers

A new study suggests too much stress does a lot more damage than merely taking fun out of life. It can affect a man’s fertility by diminishing the quality of the sperm and semen he produces. ... read more »

Father's Age Influences IUI Success

Scientific evidence reveals that men should also be concerned with their advancing age and reproductive health. ... read more »

Father's Day and Infertility

All too often, men are the forgotten sufferers of infertility. They are many times overlooked when discussing infertility and the emotional association with the condition. ... read more »

Sperm Requires Well-Aligned Support System for Optimum Health

Scientific studies on infertility in laboratory mice have shown that the absence of a certain transcription factor ' p73 ' leads to infertilityin both male and female mice. ... read more »

What Are Abnormal Sperm and Why Do I Have Them?

Male infertility is the number one single cause of infertility among most couples, and there are several problems with a man’s sperm that can affect his fertility. ... read more »

Wi-Fi Laptops Could Be Frying Your Sperm

Men who usually rest their Wi-Fi laptops on their laps are much more vulnerable to reduced sperm motility and degeneration of the sperm DNA lowering the possibility of men to become fathers. ... read more »

Does Penis Size Affect Fertility?

This is the age old question that many men ponder when they reach adulthood and beyond, especially if there are fertility problems in a relationship. ... read more »

Stem Cells Provide Fertility Hope for Pre-Pubescent Boys

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy have advanced dramatically in the last few decades. Cancer survival rates in children, teens and adults are higher than ever, but for pre-pubescent boys, those treatments often leave them infertile. ... read more »

Current State of Vasectomy Reversal

Surgical vasectomy used to be viewed as a permanent means of sterilization, but advancements in microsurgery have changed the playing field. ... read more »

Semen Characteristics and Sperm Length

Researchers from Brown University recently published a retrospective study on correlation between semen qualities and sperm length in humans. ... read more »

Does Anxiety Affect Semen Quality?

The study, completed by researchers at European Hospital in Rome, claims state and trait anxiety affect sperm volume, concentration, count and motility. ... read more »

Fertility-Friendly Fats

Along with increasing risk of coronary artery disease, saturated fat has now been found to decrease fertility in men. The difference is significant. ... read more »

Temozolomide and Gonadal Function in Brain Tumor Patients

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy are known to reduce or eliminate fertility, but medications can also have a negative impact on gonadal function, sperm production and fertility. ... read more »

Fertility Lab on a Chip Measures Sperm Health

Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a small chip to measure sperm health. The chip not only measures the number of sperm, but how motile the sperm are in the body. ... read more »

Better Sperm Due to Better Dieting Practices

When exploring the realms of male fertility, diet plays a crucial role in sperm mobility. A study highlighted at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) focused on two specific types of diets as they relate to better sperm. ... read more »

Harmful Effects of Junk Foods to Male Fertility

Eating junk food is one of the main reasons for rising obesity numbers. However, a new joint study conducted by American and Spanish experts showed that junk food can also affect the fertility of healthy young men. ... read more »

Dad’s Folic Acid Consumption May Be Vital To Baby’s Health

Gentlemen, please eat your greens. And cereal, fruits, and veggies. Your children's lives may depend on it. ... read more »

Occupational Causes of Decreased Male Fertility

There are occupational hazards that may lead to decreased male fertility, according to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, but research into these toxicants is inconsistent. ... read more »

Dad’s Biological Clock Just as Important as Mom’s

A major study that compared the psychiatric health and academicachievement of siblings gives strong support to the theory that dad'sbiological clock exists and may be just as important as mom's. ... read more »

Epididymitis and Reproductive Function

Epididymitis is the inflammation of the tube connecting the vas deferens and testicle. Sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause inflammation and reduction in reproductive function. ... read more »

Boxers vs. Briefs and Sperm Count

Could boxers or briefs really make a difference in a man's fertility? ... read more »

How Infertile Men Can Cope With Father’s Day

For many men, Father’s Day is just another reminder of their struggles with infertility. Here are tips to help cope. ... read more »

5 Things You Don’t Know About Your Penis

Do you think you know everything there is to know about your penis? I bet you've got a lot to learn about the male reproductive organ. Here are 5 more things. ... read more »

7 Fast Ways to Boost Your Male Fertility

Male fertility is a complex animal. Granted, it's not nearly as complex as female fertility, but it's still complex. There are a great many factors that go into determining whether or not you'll be able to do your part in creating that bundle of joy. ... read more »

The Baby Dance Can Become A Drag For Guys Too

Be honest, men. 'Honey, I'm ovulating' isn't exactly the sexiest mating call in the animal kingdom. If you've been trying to conceive for a while, the whole process can get to be a bit mundane. ... read more »

Reliability of Semen Analysis in Young Males

Young men at risk for infertility can submit a semen sample before moving from pediatric care to adult care as results of semen analysis in adult years are similar to those in pediatric years, according to researchers from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. ... read more »

Erectile Dysfunction and Male Fertility

Erectile dysfunction is one of those problems that can simply make you feel like less of a man. In our culture, we place so much emphasis on the male sexual ego that it can literally be devastating to some men. ... read more »

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