What Men Should Know About Fertility
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Men: Do you Know These Things About Your Fertility?
Infertility is not something most men are concerned with. However, it is important to note, however, that between 40% and 50% of infertility issues stem from the man. At NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, we are working to improve education and information among men so that they are aware of infertility issues in their own body and know where to seek assistance. Here are some of the top things men should know about fertility:
A man’s fertility can largely be impacted by lifestyle factors. These include things like smoking, drinking, drug use, environment and diet. Excessive drinking is directly linked to lower sperm counts, while smoking is linked to impacting sperm count, shape and movement. This all affects a man’s ability to get his partner pregnant. Smoking and excessive drinking are also linked to erectile dysfunction, making it difficult for a man to attain an erection long enough for intercourse.
Men who work around toxic chemicals (factory workers, painters, etc.) also run a higher risk of experiencing issues with their fertility. Diet can also have a serious impact on a man’s fertility. An unhealthy diet and weight gain directly impact the health of a man’s semen. Also, avoiding heat such as jacuzzis and laptops can help improve a male’s fertility. Environmental and lifestyle habits should always be the first thing to be aware of when it comes to male infertility.
Symptoms of Male Infertility
Male infertility is largely symptomless. There may, however, be some symptoms to look out for and therefore urge men to seek medical care. Erectile dysfunction, an undescended testicle, pain or swelling in the testicles, and low sex drive are all reasons to seek care from a medical professional and a reproductive specialist. When men are aware of their bodies and when something feels wrong, they can get proper treatment to resolve the issue. Since symptoms are commonly rare, it is important to check a semen analysis to know a man’s fertility. Being timely and proactive is very important when it comes to fertility.
When speaking with a medical professional, be honest about your lifestyle habits and medication use. In many instances, switching a man’s medication or addressing an unhealthy habit can solve male infertility. In other instances, taking vitamins (such as C, E, D, zinc, folic acid) and nutritional supplements (such as selenium, lycopene, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10) can help improve a man’s fertility.
Age is a Factor for Men, Too
While women tend to think that their age is the only one that matters in the equation of fertility – that is not the case. While male fertility is not as drastically tied to age as a woman’s, men should still be conscious of the age they are looking to have a baby and how their age may be playing a role in having trouble conceiving or miscarriages.
Getting the Help You Need for Male Infertility in New York
If you and your partner are under the age of 35, and have been trying to conceive for one year without any success, it is time to see a reproductive specialist. The same goes for couples over the age of 35 who have been trying to get pregnant for over six months. At NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, we offer tests for men and women who are trying to have a baby or who have experienced more than two miscarriages. We understand how difficult it is trying to conceive and will work to address issues of female and male infertility in New York so that you can achieve your dream of having a baby. Contact us today to get started.