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Male infertility: Am I at risk?

Infertility is often considered women’s issues. However, fertility problems in men can also keep a couple away from having kids. Here are some of the main causes that can lead to infertility in men.

It can be terribly distressing for a couple to fail to conceive after months of trying. Doctors might also tell you to wait up to a year before carrying out fertility tests. The idea of this is to allow nature to takes its course, with nature sometimes proving a little slow. In some cases, however, a man will have an infertility problem that is preventing the couple from having a baby. In such cases, a fertility test for men could come in handy with helping to determine the cause of the problem. But what are some of the sources of a man's infertility?


Your ejaculate may appear to be in good working order but there is the potential that it has a very low sperm count or an entire lack of sperm. In some cases, sperm will be oddly shaped, making it hard for it to move and fertilise an egg. Decreased sperm mobility could also be at play, inhibiting its ability to swim to an egg. Obstructive azoospermia is when there is no sperm in the semen and this may have been caused by surgery or a blockage in one of the tubes in your reproductive organs. The best way to check your sperm is though a fertility test, which will examine semen motility and sperm mobility.

Ejaculation problems

Sometimes an ejaculation disorder is what prevents a man from being able to get his partner pregnant. There is a condition known as retrograde ejaculation, which is when the semen enters the bladder upon orgasm, rather than exiting through the penis. Although it isn't harmful for the man, it can stop him from having children. There can be medical, health or surgical causes of retrograde ejaculation, with treatments sometimes on hand to rectify the condition depending on why it has occurred. Another ejaculation problem that can inhibit a man's fertility is premature ejaculation, where he comes too soon. In cases such as this, a man may not have entered his partner before ejaculating.

Lifestyle risks

It is not just health problems than can lead to male infertility, with lifestyle choices and behaviours sometimes having an impact on virility. Excessive alcohol consumption can, for example, stunt a man's ability to get a woman pregnant. Exceeding the recommended government allowance of four units of alcohol per day can make it difficult to conceive, according to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. So if you think you need to reduce your beer consumption, this might be a good reason to start cutting back on cans.

Being overweight can also prevent both men and women from having children. On the other end of the spectrum, being underweight can cause fertility problems too. Try to follow a healthy diet and regular exercise plan to stay healthy and this should also help ensure you do not run into fertility problems when the time comes to start a family. An underlying sexually-transmitted infection (STI) could also be the cause of your infertility, so if you haven't been checked in a while, now is the time to get this sorted.