Causes of Male Infertility

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Causes of Male Infertility

Male infertility is more than a problem attaining or maintaining an erection, although sexual dysfunction is one contributing cause to infertility.

There are many medical conditions which can contribute to male infertility. The five (5) main categories include:

1. Sexual dysfunction - inability to attain or maintain an erection for penetration, or ejaculatory dysfunction

2. Disorders of sperm motility - sperm maturation defects, congenital defects in the sperm (lack of or malformed sperm tail) or immotile cilia in which the mechanism for moving the sperm in defective

3. Disorders of sperm transport - congenital defects of the male organs, acquired defects (infections with scarring) or nerve damage in the pelvic area from prior surgery or injury

4. Hormonal problems - lack of appropriate pituitary hormones, hemachromatosis (iron deposits in the testes and pituitary gland)

5. Testicular problems - missing testes, underdeveloped testes, testicular trauma or genetic low sperm production

In order for your physician to determine what may be contributing to challenges with conception, you will need to undergo a thorough examination, including history and physical. Many types of male infertility can be treated, and with the help of a qualified medical practitioner, you increase your chances of successfully conceiving a child.



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