If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, and his conventional sperm parameters — sperm count, motility (speed) and morphology (shape) — are normal, the problem could still be because of sperm.
If you are struggling with male infertility you may have been tempted by advertisements for fertility supplements. But do they really work? It’s important to look at the ingredients of each male fertility supplement you are considering to see if their claims are backed up by science.
A blog by Natan Bar-Chama, MD, Urologist & Male Infertility Specialist, RMA of New York, September 14, 2015
There is a common assumption that when a couple is experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy, it is typically attributable to a problem with the female. This is not at all the case, and in fact, male infertility accounts for 40 to 50 percent of all infertility cases. In some instances the issue centers on factors such as hormonal insufficiencies, environmental factors or poor general health, while in others the complications are caused by the male’s reproductive system in its ability to produce viable sperm.
Male infertility affects approximately two million men annually. There are several medical conditions that could lead to male infertility. Medical factors of male infertility include Azoospermia, Hypospadia and more.
Infertility affects men and women equally. Approximately 40 percent of infertility is male related; 40 percent is female related; and 20 percent is unexplained or a combination of male and female factors.
Until now, it wasn’t really clear what makes sperm swim. It turns out that the PH of the environment they’re in is key. According to Polina Lishko, PhD, a researcher at University of California, San Francisco, and lead author of a recent study published in the February 5, issue of Cell, PH is the issue.