Most often when a woman is not able to conceive or is not getting pregnant, then it is predicted that the women are infertile. However, men play an equally important role in the process of fertilization. Around 1 in every 5 infertile couple, the reason is the fertility issue of men. Low sperm count in men can be one of the major reasons for this infertility. Around 90% of the times, the reason for male infertility is the problem of low sperm count. As a couple, struggling to conceive for one’s own child is really a frustrating experience and a concern.
Facts to know:
- The condition when your sperm counts are low, i.e., less than 15 million sperm/ml are medically termed as oligospermia.
- In case sperms are found totally missing and your semen sample is tested to have no sperms at all, then that condition is medically termed as azoospermia.
- During your struggle to conceive or having a child, knowing the count of your sperms that you ejaculate during the process may be quite important.
- A total sperm count of 20 million or more is a healthy count.
- 40% or more of your total sperms moving in the forward direction indicates a healthy percentage of mortality rate.
- Shapes of sperms that consists of an oval head of around 5 to 6 micrometres long and having only one long tail are as healthy sperms.
Treatments & Preventions for the Low Sperm Count:
The treatment process depends on the cause and level of complications associated with the problem. However, few of the common treatments are listed below:
- Medications like anabolic steroids, etc. as prescribed by the doctors
- Antibiotics may be prescribed
- Hormonal treatments as per the prescribed medications or drugs
- Regularizing the sexual intercourse process
- Avoiding usage of lubricants
- Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle
- Keep away from excessive heat
- Stay away from excessive smoking and alcohol consumptions
- Try to manage your stress levels
It is to be noted that both you and your partner must get yourselves tested for fertility even if you already show the symptoms of low sperm count. Later, in case it is detected that you have a low sperm count, still, you should not lose your hope because at times the sperm counts may also get boosted with the right intake of vitamins and other supplements. Otherwise, if the cause of low sperm count is the presence of some hormonal problem in your body, then going for a surgery or a replacement therapy can be helpful.
Apart from this, today there are various other options also available for infertile couples who are unable to increase their sperm count. They may anytime opt for an In vitro fertilization (IVF) or go for an adoption process. Whatsoever is the situation, consulting with your doctor is always the best option to pamper yourself and your partner.
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Erectile Dysfunctioning: For many couples, reproduction has been a natural and simple experience. But it is not the same for many. A man’s fertility generally relies on the quantity & quality of his sperm. If the number of sperm a man ejaculates is low or if the sperm is of poor quality, it will be difficult and sometimes impossible for him to cause pregnancy. Male infertility is diagnosed only after both the partners and tested and the reproductive problems have been found in the male.
How Common is Male Infertility?
It is a very common problem. For 1 in every 5 couples, the infertility problem solely lies in the male. It is been estimated that about 1 in every 20 men has the same kind of infertility problem with a low number of sperms in his ejaculate. However, only 1 in every 100 men has no sperm in his ejaculate.
Symptoms of Male Infertility:
In most cases, there are no signs of infertility. Intercourse, erections, and ejaculations will happen without any difficulty. The quantity of semen ejaculated seems to be normal to a naked eye. Medical tests are required to detect male infertility.
Causes of Male Infertility:
Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport. Through medical testing, the doctor may be able to find the cause of the problem. About 2/3rd of infertile men have a problem with making sperm in the testes. Either low numbers of sperm are made and/or the sperm that is made does not work properly. Sperm transport problems are found in about one in every five infertile men, including men who have had a vasectomy but now wish to have more children. Blockages (often referred to as obstructions) in the tubes leading sperm away from the testes to the penis can cause a complete lack of sperm in the ejaculated semen.
Other less common causes of infertility include:
- sexual problems that affect whether semen is able to enter the woman’s vagina for fertilization to take place
- low levels of hormones made by the pituitary gland that acts on the testes (one in 100 infertile men)
- sperm antibodies (found in one in 16 infertile men).
In most men, sperm antibodies will not affect the chance of a pregnancy but in some men sperm antibodies reduce fertility.
Male Reproductive System:
There are 2 main glands that help in the production of male hormones and sperms. They are the pituitary and the hypothalamus glands. Luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone are the 2 important messenger hormones made by the pituitary gland that acts on the testes.
The tests are a pair of egg-shaped glands that sit in the scrotum next to the base of the penis on the outside of the body. The testes make sperm and the male sex hormone testosterone. It takes about 70 days for sperm to become mature and able to fertilize an egg. When released from the testes, the sperm spends two to 10 days passing through the epididymis where they gain the vital ability to swim strongly or become motile and to attach to and penetrate the egg.
The waves of muscle contractions transport the sperm, with a small amount of fluid, from the testes to the vas deferens. The seminal vesicles and prostate contribute extra fluid to protect the sperm. This mixture of sperm and fluid travels along the urethra to the tip of the penis where it is ejaculated.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
A man is said to have erectile dysfunction if he has permanent difficulty in getting or maintaining a firm enough erection to be able to achieve sexual activity. Most men have occasionally experienced some difficulty with their penis becoming hard or staying firm, but this is not normally causing for a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. This condition is only considered a concern if satisfactory sexual performance has been impossible on a persistent number of occasions for some time.
Broadly, two forms of erectile dysfunction can affect men’s sex lives – the main cause is either medical or psychosocial.
Here, psychosocial refers to the psychological effects – including the effects of social relationships – on sexual performance. Medical conditions can also affect psychological well-being, meaning that, while the primary cause of sexual impotence is typically either medical or psychological, there is often overlap between the two.
Erectile dysfunction used to be known more widely as ‘impotence‘ before the causes became better understood and successful treatments came into use. Impotence is a term that is still in use, however, although it can be seen as pejorative.
Diagnosis, with the help of a doctor, can identify the likely cause by taking a history, discussing symptoms, performing blood tests to establish the presence of conditions such as diabetes or heart problems, and other physical problems.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
The relaxation of muscles allows blood to rush into the cylinder-shaped spongy tissue of the erection chamber. This creates increased tissue pressure and erection. This blood flow process is led by nervous and hormonal triggers when the brain is stimulated by touch.
The normal erectile function can be affected by problems that compromise any of the following normal physiological contributions needed for an erect penis:
- Blood flow
- Nervous supply
Vascular causes that affect blood flow and neurological causes that affect nerve signals are the major medical causes of erectile dysfunction, often due to the underlying disease such as atherosclerosis and diabetes.
Smoking and diabetes often cause atherosclerosis, and this narrowing or ‘clogging’ of arteries in the penis is the most common vascular cause of erectile dysfunction.
Numerous medicines can also cause erectile dysfunction. Anyone taking prescription medications should consult their doctor or healthcare practitioner prior to stopping or changing their medications.
- Drugs to control high blood pressure
- Heart medications such as digoxin
- Some diuretics (known as ‘water pills’ that increase urine output)
- Drugs that act on the central nervous system (in the brain or spinal cord), including some sleeping pills and amphetamines
- Anxiety treatments (anxiolytics)
- Antidepressants including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants
- Opioid painkillers
- Some cancer drugs, including chemotherapeutic agents
- Prostate treatments, including treatments for cancer, and for benign prostatic hypertrophy (such as 5α-reductase inhibitors). Anti-androgen drugs used for prostate disease and other conditions can also cause erectile dysfunction
- Anticholinergics – drugs with a wide range of uses that block a neurotransmitter (nerve signal molecule) that affects muscle tone
- Hormone drugs, including estrogens and drugs that act on luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone
- The peptic ulcer medication cimetidine
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Female infertility is defined as a disease or condition of the reproductive system resulting in the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse or the inability to carry a pregnancy to the delivery of a live baby.
There are two types of infertility in women. They are primary infertility which refers to a condition in which a woman has never been able to conceive; and secondary infertility in which the woman was successful in conceiving once but unsuccessful at the second time. Now let us take a look at the common reasons as to why the female is infertile.
1. Obesity – affects hormone production which thereby decreases ovarian function. Obese women at the age of 18 are sure to get Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is the most common and leading cause.
2. Being too lean – makes one’s periods irregular or even absent.
3. Getting older – due to perimenopause occurs, ovulation decreases and egg count declines.
4. Household chemicals – pesticides, pollutants, industrial wastes decrease pregnancy by 29% says a study.
5. Mother – women should ask their mothers about how old she was when she got her menopause. If she got early then probably their daughters too will. Every female is born with some amount of eggs. Certain genetic factors make them born with more or fewer eggs or use those eggs faster than an average woman.
6. Smoking – nowadays it is common among teenage and young adults. In the first place, smoking affects your chances of getting pregnant, in the second place it hurts the developing fetus. Even moderate smoking or second-hand smoking may damage endocrine function and lead to significant fertility issues. 13% of infertility cases are due to smoking.
7. Alcohol – few drinks a week won’t affect but heavy drinking leads to ovulation problems. A Swedish study tracked 7000 women for 18 years and found that heavy drinkers sought out fertility treatments. Drinking during early stage causes premature births.
8. Breastfeeding – it is a myth that pregnancy is impossible during breastfeeding but it is true that a woman nursing a child has trouble conceiving another one. A 2014 study from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine shows that women who wait less than 18 months have a shorter pregnancy or preterm birth.
9. Exercise – a 2012 study published in Fertility and Sterility say that normal-weight women who exercise vigorously have a harder time getting pregnant. The obvious sign may be a change in menstrual cycle.
10. Birth Control – if a woman stops taking all forms of hormonal birth control she will become pregnant within a month.
11. Thyroid Disease – subclinical undiagnosed hypothyroidism have subtle effects on fertility of women.
12. Caffeine – interferes with muscle contraction that helps eggs travel from ovaries to the womb.
13. Medical Conditions – health issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometrioses (endometrial tissue implants and grows outside the uterus leading to pregnancy complications), uterine fibroids (non-cancerous lumps in or outside a woman’s womb leading to heavy bleeding during pregnancy, frequent urge to urinate, painful sex and infertility in women) can affect women’s chances of getting pregnant. Also, a woman suffering from autoimmune disorders, have trouble conceiving since their bodies reject fertilized egg.
14. Sexual Infections – sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia or gonorrhea cause pelvic inflammatory disease and fertility problems even after many years a woman contracts them.
15. Stress – it is not only the problem but women who have trouble getting pregnant are adopting stress management programs. Perceived stress can certainly alter hormonal levels and ovulation.
16. Epileptics – reproductive abnormalities and fertility problems are common in epileptic females.
17. Unexplained Reasons – the causes are not clearly defined or identifiable that happens in 20% of infertility cases.
These may be overcome by using drugs to stimulate ovulation, surgery in some cases, intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.
There is a unique pain that comes from preparing a place in your heart for a child that never comes. Those couples who have undergone this incomparable pain lament, “We wanted to write exactly what it is to lose a child, but for some reason, the page stayed empty. And we could not have explained it any better.”
All those who suffer out there my feeble advice will be ‘adopting a child may not change your world but for that child, the whole world may change.’
First few days after the end of menstrual bleeding are the infertile period in which the lady could not conceive despite having unprotected sex. This is because ovulation occurs approximately on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle.
You have mentioned that your menses ended on 8th of January and you had unprotected sex on 9th of January. This was the absolute infertile period in which you had the intercourse. There was nil chance for pregnancy and taking i-pill was not required at all. There is no chance of pregnancy in your case.
Dr. Aditya Das has been in the field of Reproductive Medicine since 2002 . He is an expert in treating infertility . His knowledge, expertise and clinical training has offered him the ability to treat Infertile couples in health as well as in disease.His experience in Kerala and different other south Indian states has come a long way in understanding the agony of infertile couples . He is determined to treat infertile couples at the lowest possible cost , at the same time maintaining not only the standard of the treatment , but also respecting all possible ethics . He believes in thorough evaluation of a childless couple through a comprehensive history, appropriate physical examinations, diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests. You can get the phone number of Dr. Aditya Das onhttp://www.freedoctorhelpline.com/