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Male Infertility as a social problem in developing countries is quite complex. Generally, women tend to bear the brunt when a couple is childless; as if they are solely responsible.

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What Does Male Infertility Mean?

Some cultures can thus be very unkind to women when a relationship is childless.

The woman bears the responsibility for seeking a solution to a childless marriage.

Many times, attitudes like this result in physical and emotional abuse to the woman; marriage break-ups and even death in some cases.

Given these ideas, men are can be less likely to visit a doctor for tests on fertility.

This is because of the stigma or 'shame' associated with male infertility.

In many places, men who are 'shooting blanks’ associate this with loss of 'male prowess' and masculinity.

If not properly understood, it can cause frustration, depression in the man with an impact on both parties.

Where there is so little tolerance for the man's role in fertility problems, being aware that it can - and does happen is important.

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Why Male Infertility Occurs

 It's important for societies especially in lower and middle-income countries to acknowledge that male infertility exists.

This will allow us to deal with it rationally - and part of this starts with understanding why it happens.

In this post (the first of three on this topic), we look at male infertility scenarios.

Most times, it is not the fault of anyone - male or female. But we can identify that something goes wrong in the man's body that leads to problems falling pregnant.

This piece is all about helping couples to learn how they can work together without blaming each other.

A successful pregnancy requires both live, healthy egg and sperm; as well as the normal male and female reproductive organs.

Fertilisation is when the sperm meets the egg and create a foetus. To survive, the foetus must plant into the lining of the womb so it can develop until it is mature enough for birth.

We use the term Infertility when a couple can’t conceive despite regular unprotected sexual intercourse for a period of time - usually at least 12 months.

Without a doubt, infertility from female causes is more common, but some estimates suggest that in 1 out of 5 couples, it is solely a male problem.

Challenges with male fertility usually happen as a result of a loss in the quality and quantity of the sperm.

In the majority of cases, the appearance and the function of the penis, scrotum and semen will appear perfectly normal.

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What are the Causes of Infertility in Males?

There are certain scenarios or risk factors that can affect an individual’s fertility whether male or female.

This means that although they alone will not cause infertility; if they are present, they can reduce fertility.

They include:

  • Older Age
    • Although this happens less in men compared to women, growing older goes hand in hand with reducing fertility - Read More.
  • Weight gain
    • Studies show that excessive weight can affect fertility in men.
  • Smoking.
    • There is an association between smoking and reduced semen quality.
  • Alcohol
    • For men, drinking too much alcohol can affect the quality of sperm; 
      • (the chief medical officers for the United Kingdom recommend men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread evenly over three days or more).
  • Environmental factors
    • Exposure (usually through work) to certain pesticides, solvents and metals may affect fertility, particularly in men.

Wrapping Up...

Next time, we'll look in closer detail at specific conditions that cause Male Infertility.

Let us know your comments below.

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team

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