Male infertility is more common than most people suspect and is almost as likely to be involved in a couple’s inability to achieve pregnancy as female infertility. Most cases of male infertility can be resolved either by treating the problem or using fertility treatments.
Male infertility is commonly caused by lifestyle factors, genetic factors or an issue with the testes.
Genetic CausesChromosomal abnormalities passed on from a parent to a developing fetus can cause a miscarriage. Reproductive technologies can help eliminate the abnormalities from being passed on.
Lifestyle FactorsSome men are born with problems affecting their sperm. More often, however, men develop problems later in life due to illness, injury, health, habits, age, and lifestyle. Additionally, drug use, smoking, and alcohol can also affect sperm quality. Learn more about how these lifestyle factors can affect your fertility.
Male Factor InfertilityThe male partner is either the sole or a contributing cause of infertility in approximately 40 percent of infertile couples. Most male infertility issues are caused by a problem within the testes or sperm.