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Male Infertility - Frequently Asked Questions

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How common a problem is male infertility?

In three out of every five couples experiencing infertility, a male factor is involved. Male infertility is the primary factor in two out of five of these couples and furthermore, it is a combination of male and female infertility, in one out of every five couples struggling with fertility. It is prudent to exam both the male and female partner when dealing with this issue.

What lifestyle changes can be made to improve sperm count and quality?

  • Quit smoking

  • Stop using recreational drugs

  • Reduce alcohol consumption

  • Avoid using lubricants while trying to conceive

  • Moderate aerobic and resistance exercise

  • Avoid high temperatures, i.e. saunas and hot tubs

  • Take supplemental vitamins (antioxidants)

How viable an option is vasectomy reversal?

Often times, a vasectomy reversal is the best option for a couple interested in conceiving after the man has undergone a vasectomy. By far, the most natural, least invasive and most economical method of producing a pregnancy. Upon successful reversal, the sperm count may be sufficient to allow for natural conception. Otherwise, there may be adequate sperm for the ejaculate to be processed and placed inside the woman’s uterus through Intrauterine Insemination.

Urology Clinics of North Texas includes board-certified urologists who commonly perform microsurgical vasectomy reversal, contact us today to discuss your options.

Steps to Healthy Sperm

  • Take a multivitamin. A daily multivitamin can help provide selenium, zinc and folic acid — special nutrients that are important for most favorable sperm production and function. L-Carnitine and Co-Q 10 have been shown to improve sperm motility. A multivitamin usually contains antioxidant vitamins such as C and E, which may help prevent sperm damage.

  • Lower stress. Researchers are studying the correlation between stress and sperm production. Stress may also harm sexual function.

  • Get regular exercise. It is well known that physical activity is good your overall health; moderate physical activity is good for reproductive health as well.

  • Watch your weight. You are most likely to produce the greatest quantity of high-quality sperm if you maintain a healthy weight.