Male Factor Infertility

Trying to Conceive with Male Factor Infertility

Hey Gents, it takes two to make a baby but up to 40% of the time when there’s an issue – it might just be our issue.  It could be lifestyle, diet, stress, genetics or even your clothing (Genes vs Jeans).

But low sperm motility and reduced sperm count aren’t deal breakers. We just need to make it as easy as possible for them. The Stork® collect your semen in a condom like sheath, and then using the device gently places the open end of the condom against the opening of the cervix. This means less swimming, only swimming in one direction and swimming straight into the cervical mucus rather than the laps through the vaginal tract (which could be hostile to your sperm as well). The end result is over 300% more sperm where it needs to be. And all with no appointments; no drugs; no flouro-lit waiting rooms – just you and your partner working together to make your baby.

Remember it is important to support each other while trying to conceive, coping with infertility can be trying on a relationship, and everyone experiences emotions differently. Remember to breathe. And flowers. Remember flowers.

How much do you know about Male Fertility?

When the topic of fertility is discussed, it’s often done so in relation to a woman’s fertility. Are her eggs viable? Will her uterus support a child? What can we do to improve her chances of conceiving? While all of these are great conversations to have when trying to conceive, an often overlooked part is male fertility.

How how do you know about male fertility?

Take the quiz below and test your male fertility smarts!

How how do you know about male fertility?

Question 1 of 10.

Does exposure to high temperatures really affect sperm count?

1. Yes
2. No

If the temperature of the testicles gets too high, both the count and motility of sperm can be affected. In other words, there won’t be a lot of swimmers and the ones that are there won’t move very well. Skip the sauna!

Question 2 of 10.

At what age does sperm production begin to decrease?

1. 20
2. 30
3. 40

While there’s no real cut off time for male fertility, men become less fertile as they age.

Question 3 of 10.

What is the average sperm count?

1. Between 15 and 60 million/mL
2. Between 60 and 80 million/mL
3. Between 80 and 200 million/mL

Though normal is subjective, the average sperm count per milliliter is between 60 and 80 million. Your sperm count isn’t the only thing that affects your fertility though. If you have a sperm count that falls on the lower side of average but have exceptional swimmers, you may still have a high chance at conceiving.

Question 4 of 10.

Which lifestyle factor does not affect male fertility?

1. Obesity
2. Smoking
3. Stress
4. Having a lot of sex

When you’re actively trying to conceive, it’s recommended to have sex every 2 days in order to let sperm count replenish. In general, though, the amount of sex you have is not going to affect how fertile you are.

Question 5 of 10.

Does marijuana use affect your fertility?

1. Yes
2. No

Smoking marijuana definitely affects male fertility. It can adversely impact the production of testosterone, which is needed to create sperm. It can also reduce your sperm count, shape, and motility. All of these factors make it harder to get pregnant.

Question 6 of 10.

How does the chemical BPA affect male fertility?

1. It damages the DNA of the sperm
2. It lowers sperm concentration
3. It impacts the motility of the sperm
4. All of the above

BPA is found in everyday household items like receipts and plastic water bottles and is known as an endocrine disruptor. It mimics estrogen when lowers your testosterone production. In turn, this can damage your sperm's DNA, lower your sperm count, and cause your swimmers to move slowly.

Question 7 of 10.

At what body mass index (BMI) does fertility begin to decline?

1. 35
2. 45
3. 25

Any body mass over 30 is considered obese. This can present many problems, only one of which is a decline in fertility. Partially due to the heat from the extra fat and partially due to the rapid conversion of testosterone into estrogen, being overweight can lead to slower sperm production and reduced sperm quality.

Question 8 of 10.

How long does it take to create more sperm?

1. 24 days
2. 72 days
3. 96 days

Creating sperm is a long and complicated process that starts with testosterone production. After the cells in your testicles replicate themselves, they go through the process of meiosis. The new sperm cells mature are made and left to mature in tubes full of nutrients. Once sperm are fully developed, they are stored inside of a 20-ft tube in your testicles, called the epididymis. This whole process takes about 72 days.

Question 9 of 10.

What is considered the number one avoidable cause of infertility in men?

1. Obesity
2. Sexually transmitted infections
3. Exposure to harmful chemicals
4. Lack of exercise

Undiagnosed STI’s are a major cause of infertility in men. They can cause blockage and inflammation of the vas deferens (the duct that moves sperm from the testicles to the urethra). You can prevent this by getting tested regularly.

Question 10 of 10.

In what percentage of couples is the male partner the cause of infertility?

1. 10%
2. 40%
3. 60%

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, male infertility is the leading issue for 40% of couples. Though infertility is often associated with a woman and her eggs, the truth is that men contribute to just under half of infertility cases.

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