Men's health and fertility

Male infertility can often be one of the reasons that couple have difficulty getting pregnant.

In addition to infertility, there are several health conditions that affect only men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Other major health concerns for men – like colon cancer and heart disease – can also occur in women. The good news is that many of these conditions can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Regular screenings can find diseases early, when they are easiest to treat. It is important to have regular check-ups and screenings. Typically the most common reason for infertility in men is usually a low or abnormal sperm count. Depending on how low or abnormal the sperm analysis is, treatment can include staying away from heat, eating the right diet, and taking the right supplements, and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)

What is a sperm analysis, and the terminology used?

  • Aspermia: No semen volume
  • Asthenozoospermia: Sperm motility is <40%
  • Azoospermia: No sperms in the semen
  • Globozoospermia : Round headed sperm without acrosome
  • Hematospermia: Red blood cells present in semen
  • Hyperspermia: Semen volume >5.5 ml
  • Hypospermia: Semen volume <2 ml
  • Necrozoospermia: Nonviable (“dead”) sperm
  • Oligoasthenozoospermia: Motile density is <8 million sperm/ml
  • Oligozoospermia: Sperm count less than 20 million/ml
  • Polyzoospermia: Excessively high sperm concentration
  • Pyospermia: Leukocytes (germ-fighting cells) present in semen
  • Teratozoospermia: > 40% of sperm seen are abnormally formed

Factors affecting make fertility / infertility:

  • Lifestyle choices that reduce male fertility
  • Are the foods you eat reducing your fertility
  • Premature ejaculation and male fertility
  • Common STDs infections in men

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