Male Fertility: Getting Pregnant

Male Fertility: Getting Pregnant

If you are a woman desperately trying to conceive, you must ask yourself about your partner’s fertility and how it might hamper your plans. When a couple is not succeeding in conceiving a baby, the female partner is usually the one to take the blame. However, men can also experience fertility problems, so it is important for women to know about them in order to support their partners and figure out ways to treat these fertility issues, so that they are able to build the family they are dreaming about. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Men are responsible for 1/3 cases of infertility


First of all, you should know that a couple is considered to have fertility problems if they have been trying to conceive a baby (have had unprotected sexual intercourse) for 1 year. Statistics related to couple infertility show that both women and men are equally responsible (have fertility problems) for 35%-40% of the cases of couple infertility, while 20%-30% of the cases of couple infertility result from both partners experiencing fertility issues and may also result from a combination of unknown causes.

400 million sperm down to 40


Men play a major role in conceiving a baby. There are about 200 million sperm in the man’s semen. Their number is dramatically reduced after ejaculation, when only 400 sperm survive. Imagine, reduced from 200 million to 400 in one fell swoop! This number is then decreased again, due to the inappropriate environment of the semen and the hostile environment of the woman’s vagina.

So, just about 40 sperm get near the egg. Sperm are capable of drilling holes through the outer layer of the egg, due to the “explosion” called capacitation. Hence, if luck is shining down on you & pregnancy occurs, just one sperm reaches the egg and fertilizes it. Low sperm count and slow sperm movement therefore affect fertility. Apart from these, abnormal morphology of the sperm (abnormal shape or size) and problems with semen also affect fertility.

Causes of infertility in men


There are various causes why men experience fertility problems, which are hard to tell in most cases. Your partner may have fertility issues because one of these reasons: testicular injuries or diseases, genetic disorders, hormonal problems, other health issues that may reduce fertility (high blood pressure, neurological disorders, diabetes, kidney disease or cancer), varicocele (dilatation of the testicular veins which are found in the spermatic cord connecting the testicles with the abdomen), drug-related issues, obstructive problems (in the tubes that carry the sperm) or exposure to toxins and radiations.

How to enhance fertility in men

You can deal with this situation or you can prevent your partner from experiencing fertility issues by encouraging him to stop smoking (tobacco or marijuana), drink less, exercise less (too much exercising leads to low sperm count), take vitamin C and vitamin E, lose weight (overweight men may have hormonal disturbances) or gain weight (skinny men may have low sperm count).

If you love your partner, watch out for both of you, especially if you are trying to have a baby; his infertility becomes your infertility so treat it with care.

ConceiveEasy TTC Kit + 20 FREE Pregnancy Tests

Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.