By Mable Nakibuuka
Dear men, your lifestyle is one of the reasons as to why you don’t have children at your homes.
Up to 15 percent couples are experiencing male infertility according to reproductive health experts. This means they aren’t able to conceive a child. Even though they have had frequent unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In over a third of these couples, male infertility plays a role.
Male infertility is due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm, illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors can play role in causing male infertility. The lifestyle choices that lead to infertility in this meaning are;
Anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production to decrease. Use of cocaine or marijuana may temporarily reduce the number and quality of your sperm as well according to medics.
Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels, cause erectile dysfunction and decrease sperm production. Liver disease caused by excessive drinking also may lead to fertility problems.
Men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than those who don’t smoke. Secondhand smoke also may affect male fertility.
Stress can interfere with certain hormones needed to produce sperm. Severe or prolonged emotional stress, including problems with fertility, can affect your sperm count.
Research shows that the likelihood of pregnancy may lower if a male partner has severe depression. In addition, depression in men may cause sexual dysfunction due to reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, or delayed or inhibited ejaculation.
Obesity can impair fertility, including directly impacting sperm themselves as well as by causing hormone changes that reduce male fertility.
Infertility can be stressful for both you and your partner. Complications of male infertility can include;
Surgery or other procedures to treat an underlying cause of low sperm count or other reproductive problems
It is expensive to reverse and involves reproductive science techniques.
It also trigger stress and relationship difficulties related to inability to have a child.
Many types of male infertility aren’t preventable. However you can avoid some known causes of male infertility for example
- Don’t smoke
- Limit or abstain from alcohol
- Steer clear of illicit drugs
- Keep the weight off
- Don’t get vasectomy
- Avoid things that lead to prolonged heat for the testicles.
- Reduce stress
- Avoid exposure to pesticides, heavy metals and other toxins.