Most researches and studies on infertility concentrate on women’s reproductive health. Even to this day, there is the notion that women are at fault for being unable to reproduce. However, medical science disproves the view that women are primarily responsible for not being able to have babies. There is enough evidence backed by studies that prove that men are equally responsible for the inability to have a child. Men are responsible for providing the sperm to the ovaries of their partner.
Here are signs that may indicate male infertility:
Difficulty with ejaculation and orgasm
This is one of the biggest of all the 5 indicators of male infertility. However, difficulty with ejaculation and orgasm do not arise because of a single factor. The most common cause of ejaculation problems is erectile dysfunction. The disorder is triggered by several factors. Retrograde ejaculation is a condition which refers to a case where semen goes back instead of coming outward. Besides, problems with spinal cord might play a part in the ejaculation disorder.
Varicocele of the testicles
Having lump or swollen portion in the testicles may be a varicocele which are a bundle or tangles of blood vessels. This is also commonly linked to smaller testicle size. It is considered to occur in approximately 10 to 15 percent of men. But there is good news! In most cases, this is easily treatable through surgery.
Low sperm count
A low sperm count is a frequent explanation behind infertility. Sperm is required to fertilize eggs in the ovaries. A normal orgasm contains 20 to 150 million sperm per millimeter of semen, whereas low sperm count refers to the sperm level of below 15 million sperm per millimeter of semen. A diagnostic test is required to determine sperm count. Exposure to toxic chemicals, imbalance of hormones, and increased level of sperm attacking antibodies can lead to low sperm count.
Inability to smell
Kallman’s syndrome is a genetic disorder, manifesting around the time of puberty when the sexual organs primarily develop. However, this condition very rare. This difficulty is occurs when gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) does not naturally move from olfactory area (area controlling sense of smell) to the hypothalamus in the brain during the development of a fetus. This leads to malfunction of the testicles and loss of smell as a side effect.
Some men may have very small testicles which mean that they will have testicles that are not large enough to produce the amount testosterone required. Klinefelter’s syndrome is a genetic disorder which causes a male will be born with XXY chromosomes – meaning they have an extra X chromosome. This causes smaller testicles than their counterparts with XY chromosomes. Females have XX chromosomes. The symptom is visible in 1 out of 600 male. Men with this syndrome tend to have less facial hair, thin bones, and fatty breast area, resembling female mammary glands. This problem with small testicle size can be treated during early stage. However, in order to actually be able to reproduce functionally, assistance from a professional or genetic counselling may be required.