What is a fertility problem?
In medical terms, if pregnancy cannot be achieved after 12 full months of sexual activity without contraception, it is
considered a fertility problem. In couples where the woman is over 35, infertility is diagnosed after half a year of not getting pregnant.
For years, fertility research has focused mainly on the female body. Methods have been perfected, problems have been solved, and women who were considered to be barren have become proud mothers. On the other hand, men have not been studied in depth.
Because of years of little research dedicated to men, they became the cause of 35% fertility problems among the couples who want to have children. Nowadays, many studies are being conducted in the field of male infertility, and several solutions have been found.
What causes fertility problems?
There are many different causes for male infertility, starting with the man’s anatomy to an unhealthy lifestyle or diseases and other medical treatments that affect the male reproductive system.
Some of the problems include:
1. Retrograde ejaculation (when semen enters the bladder instead of coming out)
2. Ejaculatory duct obstruction
3. Sperm antibodies produced by the immune system by mistake
5. Genetic problems (in chromosomes)
6. Being overweight (affects the sperm quality)
7. Incorrect position of testicles
8. Infection of the male reproductive system
How are the infertility problems treated?
In the past, a man who had a fertility problem had to take comfort in adopting a child or living without children. Today, with the development of science, tests and treatments, there is hope for almost everyone. Here are some common medical ways to “fix” the anatomical problem and some tips for lifestyle and natural treatments that can help improve sperm quality and prevent fertility issues.
- Relocation surgery – a procedure to move testicles to a correct position. About 30% of men who undergo this procedure regain normal functionality.
- Intrauterine inseminations – a procedure performed in cases of sexual dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation, depending on the quality of the man’s sperm.
- Hormonal treatment – similar to female hormonal treatment, this helps many men regain their fertility.
- Avoiding environmental conditions that cause the testicles to be too warm – for example, cycling for long periods of time, wearing very tight pants, frequent use of jacuzzi and sauna.
- Taking specific dietary supplements – those who want to avoid expensive or complicated medical treatment can first try the natural treatments. For example, regular use (after consulting with a physician) of natural dietary supplements based on plants like Korean ginseng and angelica, which help improve the level of testosterone in blood and sperm quality.
- Quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol as much as possible.
- Not using drugs!