Is infertility a woman’s problem? Not at all. It’s a common myth that most fertility issues are attributed to women. Today’s science reveals that men are just as likely to face infertility issues. And male fertility is just as complex as female fertility.
Infertility, Sperm Health, and Male Fertility Testing
There are a wide number of potential reasons for male infertility – and most have nothing to do with refusing to wear boxers. Some infertility issues are brought on by physical problems and nutritional or health issues. Other interrelated issues may be tied to the quality, number, and production of sperm.
Let’s look at a few terms and definitions. First, healthy sperm are indicated by sperm count, by sperm motility, and correct morphology (sperm shape and size). Sperm motility is determined by the percentage of sperm that are moving and qualified by the sperm’s capacity to swim in a sustained, forward direction. Healthy sperm motility is the critical attribute that allows sperm to propel themselves through the uterus to the fallopian tube, penetrate the surface of the ovum, and fertilize the egg.
Now that we know what sperm are supposed to do, let’s look at a few possible fertility issues.
Oligiospermia relates to sperm count or the number of sperm produced. With oligiospermia, not enough sperm are produced. Home testing kits can alert you to low sperm counts. Azoospermia is when no sperm are produced, or the sperm aren’t appearing in the semen. Sperm morphology problems relate to the shape, the form and structure of the sperm. Poor sperm morphology may cause infertility. Again, supplements like FertilAid for Men may promote or support healthy sperm production and morphology. Sperm motility problems are when sperm aren’t moving normally. Poor sperm motility means they are less likely to get where they need to go and less likely to of fertilize an egg. Supplements rich in antioxidants and L-carnitine can support male fertility and promote healthy sperm motility.
Testing Kits for Sperm Count
The SpermCheck Male Fertility Test is an easy-to-use screening test to measure your sperm concentration and indicate potential oligiospermia issues. The test determines whether your sperm concentration is above or below 20 million sperm cells per milliliter (million/mL).
The SpermCheck Test works by detecting an antigen (protein compound) present on the head of sperm cells known as SP-10. Researchers at the University of Virginia found the SpermCheck test to be accurate 96% of the time.
Taking this screening test will indicate if you have a low amount of sperm in your semen. You can provide these test results to your physician to aid in determining male fertility conditions.
Infertility Issues and Clinical Tests
More comprehensive sperm tests can be carried out by a doctor or infertility clinic. This involves a semen analysis, which will check the quality and quantity of the sperm in the semen. A semen analysis can detect oligiospermia, azoospermia, sperm motility issues and sperm morphology problems. Other common (non-medical) causes of male fertility include simple excessive exercise. Of course, stress can affect fertility, as can weight issues, use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Exposure to toxins and environmental hazards. Pesticides, lead, radiation, radioactive substances, mercury, and heavy metals may affect fertility.
Here’s where the boxer shorts come in. High temperatures in the testicles could reduce sperm production. High heat could result from wearing clothing that’s too tight around the testicles. Avoid frequent hot baths and get those laptops off your lap. And lose the tighty whities.
If your sperm count is an issue, timing intercourse in order to build up a better concentration of sperm may be advised. You should also ask about taking vitamins or fertility supplements. Some recent studies have found that men can improve their low sperm counts by taking a combination of antioxidants, L-Carnitine, and minerals like Zinc. FertilAid for Men combines all of these ingredients, and in addition offers Grapeseed extract, a potent antioxidant. CountBoost for Men is a product designed specifically for men diagnosed with low sperm count, and can be taken along with FertilAid for Men.
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