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Causes Of Male Infertility

Dr Chaithra S K

Dr Chaithra S K

  Kalyan nagar, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   1 min     


Male infertility is a condition that’s causing rising concern amongst the youth today. There are a number of reasons this could happen: low sperm count, blockages that prevent delivery, health conditions and lifestyle choices.

What are the medical conditions that cause infertility? 

Varicocele: a swelling in the veins that drains the testicles

Infections: certain infections can interfere with the health and production of sperms

Ejaculation: inability to ejaculate sperms outside the penis due to diabetes, medication, injuries etc.

Hormones: it could be a result of low testosterone or other hormonal imbalances.

Chromosomes: Inherited chromosomal disorders like Klinefelter’s syndrome which results in abnormal development of reproductive organs.

Medication like steroids can decrease male fertility after prolonged or excessive use

Surgeries like vasectomy, scrotal surgeries and hernia repairs

Lifestyle choices

These habits causes many problems like shrinking of testicles, decreased sperm production and reduction in number and quality of sperms.

Using steroids to stimulate muscle growth and strength

Using drugs like marijuana and cocaine

Excessive alcohol consumption

Tobacco smoking and second hand smoke, both affect fertility

High stress levels


Other causes

Excessive exposure to industrial chemicals like pesticides, painting materials, organic solvents etc

Heavy metals like lead exposure

Exposure to radiation and X-rays

Some factors cause temporary problems while others can cause permanent damage. It is important to incorporate lifestyle changes and have a balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise to keep these problems at bay. If you are facing any issues it is best to consult a healthcare expert for the right guidance. 

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