Male Infertility FAQ's
1) What is male infertility?
A) Male infertility is not able to conceive a child, caused by factors that are not related to the female.
Several factors can lead to male factor infertility, including
- Low sperm
- Immobile sperm,
- Abnormal sperm,
- Blockages that prevent sperm delivery to the semen.
These conditions can result from
- Chronic health problems,
- Injuries and/or
- Environmental factors, such as exposure to certain chemicals etc
2) What causes infertility in men?
A) Male infertility can be caused by a several factors such as
- hormone disorders,
- Injury to the reproductive anatomy,
- illness or male sexual dysfunction.
These factors can permanently or temporarily impact sperm and prevent conception
3) What is erectile dysfunction / impotence?
A) Erectile dysfunction, also referred as impotence, is an inability to get an erection that is sufficient enough to achieve intercourse. The severity of erectile dysfunction can vary from complete lack of erection, to a partial erection that is not enough to penetrate your partner or is lost soon after penetration. Although erectile dysfunction is typically more common among older men, it can occur at any age.
4) What is premature ejaculation?
A) Premature ejaculation happens when a man has an orgasm too soon during intercourse to satisfy his partner. The condition is typically caused by anxiety or too much stimulation, and is often more common during the early stages of a relationship. Premature ejaculation does not usually require treatment and improves on its own with some mental control.
5) Is erectile dysfunction / impotence a cause or symptom of male infertility?
A) Erectile dysfunction can cause male infertility because it interrupts or prevents intercourse. In order to conceive a child, sperm must be delivered to the partner's egg during intercourse. Thus, problems that prevent or interrupt intercourse cause the inability to deliver sperm to the egg and lead to infertility. Having an erectile dysfunction does not mean that a man is infertile.
6) Is premature ejaculation a cause or symptom of male infertility?
A) Premature ejaculation is one of the possible causes of male infertility. As with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation can prevent the delivery of sperm to the egg. This is especially the case when premature ejaculation occurs before penetration. However, if premature ejaculation happens during penetration, it may be sufficient enough to deliver sperm to the egg and cause fertilization. If someone experiences premature ejaculation, it does not mean his is infertile.
7) Can I experience male factor infertility even if my sperm count is healthy?
A) Yes, one can experience infertility even if the sperm count is normal. Male factor infertility can be caused by low sperm mobility, malformed sperm, as well as blockages in the sperm ducts that prevent the sperm from entering the semen. Even though the sperm count is normal, these other factors can cause infertility.
8) Does Viagra affect male fertility? Will Viagra increase or decrease sperm count?
A) Viagra has not been proven to affect male fertility. There are no medical studies that Viagra helps male fertility or has the ability to modify sperm count. Viagra can improve the ability to have and maintain an erection, which does help the ability to have intercourse. However, if you have been trying for more than 1 year with your partner to conceive without success, an appointment with the infertility Specialist is recommended to explore male factor infertility.