The Main Male Infertility Causes?
When talking about male infertility
causes, the issue is about more than low or poor sperm counts! Human reproductive health, wellbeing and
success is of paramount importance. It is one of nature’s most precious yet fragile gifts. There are
lots at stake for both partners involved in this creative life-event. Both fertility and infertility are hot
topics and sensitive matters, for being so intimately personal.
Male infertility problems, whether diagnostic or therapeutic, all have to include
actions to determine the most likely causative factors and root elements, scope and intervention surrounding the
main causes of male infertility.
This is a multi-faceted issue at best, whichever way or angle it is looked at. It
warrants and deserves closer scrutiny and attention – the very future of ‘human beings’, conception and life
thereby, hang in the balance!
Most think that the male reproductive organ - mainly the testes - needs to be at
the very core and center of any discussion(s) on male infertility. But again, there is more it than just
Semen analysis, urology, veins, ejaculation can all form part of the exploratory
discussions, analysis and treatment options individuals/couples go through as part of this process.
Main categories of causality of male infertility, center around aspects
- Causes that are extremely difficult to determine/isolate, combination,
complications, or unexplained fertility problems/infertility that are imprecise, hard to pin down to just ONE
- Endocrine or hormonal imbalances, reproductive hormonal issues, like
hypogonadism, or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiencies.
- Enlarged Veins (varicoceles) in the scrotum area, leading to
less/lower/reduced sperm production.
- General causes such as aging, blood pressure medications, tranquilizers, some
anti-psychotic and prescription drugs, or lifestyle pertaining to drugs, alcohol, smoking can also have great
negative impact on human and particularly male reproductive health. Some healthy active practices like bicycle
and horse-back riding (professional/extreme sports), may also affect sperm and reproductive health in the
short, medium and longer terms.
- Genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, polycystic kidney disease,
Klinefelter syndrome or Kartagener syndrome, all of which can lead to dysfunction and
- Impotence, erectile dysfunction.
- Infection, injury or genetic/congenital defects, or vasectomy, disease
(diabetes, HIV, thyroid disease, Cushing syndrome, heart attack, liver or kidney failure, and chronic anemia
can also be culprits, urinary tract infections or inflammation, cancer treatment, radiation therapy, even MS
and others), perhaps even some environmental toxins, trauma, mumps, malaria, can all have negative effects and
be potential causes for male infertility.
- Obstacles or blockages, concerns and/or issues (damaged and/or blocked ducts,
tubes/coils, no fluid ejaculated, ejaculati epididymi, vas deferens).
- Other/specific sperm-related matters (little or no sperm, irregular sperm,
poor motility/low sperm movement or abnormalities, sperm ‘allergy’ - where the body’s own antibodies ‘attack’
and kill the sperm). Common medical diagnoses here can include: Oligospermia, Asthenospermia, and
- Physical, anatomical problems (bladder or prostate surgery, spinal cord
injuries, causing retrograde sperm ejaculation, or cryptorchidism (testicles did not descend
properly/appropriately into scrotum after birth), hypospadias (urine opening on the underside of the penis
inhibiting or preventing sperm from reaching the cervix).
- Repeated STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), like chlamydia trachomatis or
gonorrhea infections, causing scarring and sperm production problems.
- Temporary lower sperm counts can also be due to anxiety, psychological,
emotional issues, stress, (low self-esteem, guilt, or depression), or even fever, exposure to high temperatures
from saunas, hot-tubs might also contribute to problems in this arena.
Getting pregnant naturally with your partner, is a wonderful part of life and
overcoming male infertility causes not out of reach of the realm of possibilities!