When we speak of infertility, we commonly associate the topic with women and the struggle they face to conceive a child. However, it is crucial to understand that infertility is not just a challenge women face; it is also a real issue that men face. In fact, the percentage of men and women facing infertility is nearly equal.
Attached below is a list of signs to look out for that could be a symptom of an infertile man. It’s essential to understand the symptoms so one can identify the problem and reach out for help.
– Loss of sexual arousal/libido
– Breast tissue growth
– Problems maintaining
– Pain, swelling, or lumps in the testicles
– Inability to smell
– Reoccurring respiratory infections
– Hair growth changes
– Problems with ejaculation and erections
There are a lot of different reasons behind a man facing fertility problems. The best way to figure out what is going on is to visit a medical professional and have them run some tests. Below are a few different causes of infertility in men.
– Abnormal sperm production (Too low)
– Issues with the delivery of sperm (premature ejaculation, genetic diseases, structural issues, etc.)
o Low sperm mobility (Sperm is not moving as well as it should)
o Sperm ducts are blocked
– Overexposure to harmful environmental factors
– Cancer and cancer treatment-related damage (i.e., chemotherapy and radiation)
Men are not alone in the fight against infertility. There are many resources available to them to make sure they can get the help and support they need. We’ve provided some resources below.
Resolve is the National Infertility Association website, which offers a support group search option. It allows you to find a safe space to meet and discuss with others facing similar struggles with infertility and family building. These support groups are currently all virtual.
- Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-infertility/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20374780
This medical center offers information for men facing infertility about different treatment options they may have, such as surgery, hormone medication, and assisted reproductive technology are discussed.
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