For some couples, starting or expanding a family can be simple. When they decide the time is right, they discontinue birth control and within months, they have a baby on the way. About nine out of ten couples successfully conceive within one year.
However, for others it can be a struggle. At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, we understand how stressful, upsetting, and frightening it can be when this happens to you. Fortunately, untreatable infertility is rare. You might need fertility treatment, or simply need a little more time. The first step is determining the cause of the problem.
Women often assume that if they can’t get pregnant, they are infertile. However, there is an equal chance that the cause can be traced to the man, or a combination of male and female issues. Factors affecting male infertility include:
- Abnormal production of sperm – This may be caused by repeated infections, genetic defects, undescended testicles or other factors.
- Difficulty delivering sperm – Potential causes include blockages, medical conditions, genetic factors, or certain sexual dysfunctions such as premature ejaculation.
- Overall health – Obesity, poor nutrition, and other health conditions affect fertility. Additionally, unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, or drug use can be a significant factor.
- Environmental factors – Overexposure to certain chemicals, such as pesticides, can affect sperm production. Regular exposure to extreme heat, such as hot tubs and spas, can increase the body’s core temperature, which can affect sperm count or inhibit sperm production.
- Cancer treatment – Chemotherapy and radiation are common cancer treatments, which can dramatically impact sperm production. The likelihood of this depends on the location of the cancer. The closer it is to the testicles, the greater the risk.
- Age – Although there is no age limit for male fertility, it tends to decrease after the age of 40.
If you have been unsuccessful conceiving, let Dr. Jenkins help. He will examine potential infertility factors in both partners and help you choose the best course of action. Call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment today. Our office is located in Katy, convenient to communities such as Fulshear.
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