Who said that Infertility is only a Women Thing?

Who said that Infertility is only a Women Thing?

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For procreation, a man and a woman come together through what is defined as sexual intercourse. No woman can get pregnant without a male sperm, either through sexual intercourse or artificial insemination. Similarly, no man can impregnate a woman without having viable sperms “count, motility, and quality”

Contemporary statistics and studies indicate a hiking rate for infertility ratios in both males and females. India, in particular shares at least 30% of infertility cases worldwide that has been depicted in the past four years. Unlike some African countries with quite interesting fertility rates like Niger (6.6), Uganda (5.8), Burundi (6.0), and Somalia (5.8), current statistics illustrate a receded fertility rate in India, now estimated to be 2.4. This is not quite good for the years to come since it depicts a threatened labor availability, GDP among others

Infertility in India attacks all genders though women are noted to be perpetual victims. Should we blame women for the escalating infertility rate or not? Dr. Sumita Sofat, an IVF specialist at Sofat Infertility centre explains that men also take up a good rate when it comes to infertility. She explains that there are various risk factors for men in India regardless of their occupation, state, or qualifications.

Male infertility may be silent in nature with the fact that women are entitled to procreation, a public stigma that is declining in the modern era due to awareness, and westernization. She adds that male infertility can only be diagnosed by a fertility expert, unlike female infertility that can be judged from irregular menstrual periods, anovulation, PCOS, persisting lower back pain, among others. Male infertility generally circles around sperm production and transportation capacities.

Sperm production mainly includes; sperm count, which has to be above 15 million sperm per millimeter of semen, which requires a sperm analysis to attain substantial facts. Transportation factors, on the other hand, can be spearheaded by epididymis and vas deferens issues. Generally, factors that can lead to male infertility include;

  • Smoking/drug use

  • Obesity

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Mental and emotional stress

  • Genetic issues like Chromosomal defects

  • Alcoholism

  • Sperm DNA Fragmentation

  • Cancer

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Defects

  • Infections

  • Varicocele

  • Toxins inhalation

  • Medications like chemotherapy, long-term anabolic steroid use

  • Former surgeries such as vasectomy

  • Exposure to metals and chemicals

Common symptoms of male infertility may include;

Common symptoms of male infertility may include;

  • Inability to impregnate a woman

  • Ejaculation dysfunction

  • Pain and discomfort in the testicular region

Due to science and technology advancements, there are quite various infertility correction approaches. However, this shouldn’t be taken as an assurance to continue with inappropriate or risky lifestyles that increase the rate of male infertility and female infertility

Addressing and overcoming infertility is quite expensive, especially for the middle and low-level class individuals. Fertility treatments such as IVF, IUI, ISCI, PESA, TESA, donor sperms, and surrogacy require a specialized approach after diagnostic and examination procedures on both partners

Certainly improving one’s lifestyle and living an active life followed by a balanced diet can reduce one’s chances of infertility.