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.
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.
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.
A blog by Kym Campbell
Men taking antioxidant supplements to improve their fertility is a trend that is growing in close proportion to both the increasing prevalence of subfertility in couples trying to conceive, as well as the increasing awareness that male factors can be a significant problem during this potentially challenging phase in a couple’s relationship. It is well known now that male factors are the sole cause of infertility in 30% of couples who have difficulty conceiving, with another 20% attributable to both male and female factors.