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Male Factor Infertility


Often when a couple is struggling with infertility it is more common for it to be the woman’s challenge to carry. Women often automatically assume it is their own fertility struggles when ⅓ or more of the time it may be a challenge on the male side.


Although men are often supportive of their partners seeking out support for infertility whether it be holistic, medical, or other forms of support they are often not the ones to seek out support for themselves. Male factor infertility can cause a lot of emotional stress on a man and they may often associate this with their sense of masculinity.


When it's known or unknown that there is a male factor fertility issue, when male partners participate in lifestyle changes and seeking out and receiving support, it can help bring couples together. Many of our female clients express feelings of loneliness and the burden of being the person in the relationship making all of the changes to get pregnant and increase the likelihood of a healthy conception and pregnancy.


Most often, the diagnosis has to do with sperm production. Sperm are developed and created in a man’s testicles. Sperm samples are tested for their ability to move well, the quantity of them and their ability to penetrate an egg. Sometimes they are tested for the shape of them, it is not uncommon for some sperm to swim in circles (two heads, two tails or other abnormalities).


Lifestyle has a significant impact on the development and production of sperm. Hot tubs and hot baths, constriction of testicles (tight underwear or cycling shorts), nutrition, alcohol consumption and drug use, smoking, activity level - too little or extreme amounts, the sperm being too cold is also a risk factor however, it is less likely to occur as the scrotum will bring the testicles closer to the body to keep them warm. (Just as when they are too warm the testicles hang lower away from the body).


Sperm takes 72 days to mature. So the changes made today will give you the sperm you produce in less than 3 months. Taking care of yourself with proper nutrition, activity, stress levels, giving yourself some breathing room (no tight undies) and avoiding overheating the testes are all extremely beneficial in supporting healthy active sperm.


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