The ability to reproduce is as heavenly a miracle as any other is. Unfortunately, some among us are unable of this miracle and gift. Infertility is the elephant in the room since time immemorial. It has been defined as the inability to get pregnant despite engaging in reproductive and unprotected intercourse for about a year. Traditionally, the aspersions of infertility were plainly and blatantly leveled against women. In more recent times; however, it has been widely conversed and proven that infertility can occur in both men and women. Though unfortunate, it is imperative for every man to comprehend all there is to know about the subject of infertility. Here below, we discuss the symptoms and causes of infertility.

Symptoms

Infertility manifests itself mainly by a man’s spouse or sexual partner not getting pregnant even though you engage in unprotected sex regularly. Once this happens, it is important for the two of you to question your fertility status or even see a doctor concerning the matter.

However, for men, among the signs that indicate a fertility problem is:

Alterations in hair development
This is mainly a hormonal problem. In the male gender, the hormone responsible for one’s “manness” is the hormone testosterone. It enables manly features such as facial hair, deepening of one’s voice, and even manly body sculpturing. In the absence of the hormone, the above said features tend to be on the decline and down low. Resultant effects may be witnessed as lack of bass in one’s voice, lack of facial hair including beards and even premature baldness. The lack of the hormone testosterone can be due to several reasons.

Variations in sexual performance
Another clear symptom and indicator of infertility in men are changes in one’s sexual performance and function. Should you find yourself to be of varying sexual potential at different instances of sexual intercourse, then you have a sure sign of infertility. Though this degradation of sexuality can be caused by a multiplicity of factors, it has been proven severally that hormonal changes are greatly attributed to the problem.

More importantly, in the comprehension of male fertility, apart from the symptoms, of course, is a look at the causes thereof. Male infertility has been known to arise from several complications that are listed here below.

1. The complication in the production of sperm or their viability.

It is not simply enough to ejaculate during intercourse for a woman to get pregnant. The sperm ejaculated must be of quality and enough volume, and more importantly, viable. Lack of these two is probably the result of health complications and diseases, including diabetes or even sexually transmitted diseases. These greatly hinder and inhibit the quality and viability of one’s sperm.

2. Complications with the transport of sperm.

At other times, it happens that sperm, during intercourse, do not manage to reach their point of deposit (the vagina). Reasons for this can be enlisted as issues about premature ejaculation, fibrosis or even structural issues such as impediments in the testicle and damage to reproductive organs resulting from injury thereof.

Over-acquaintance with probable environmental elements.

The exposure of an individual to certain elements such as drugs and chemicals can inhibit ones capability to be fertile. Pesticides, radiation, and drugs such as marijuana have been known to cause infertility problems in men. Similarly, the over exposure of individuals to untenable levels of heat results to a significant raise of their body temperature, which makes it unsuitable for the production and storage of sperm.

3. Cancer and its treatment.
The effects of cancer and its treatment on one’s body cannot be overstated. Treatment procedures such as chemotherapy and even radiation make the body to be impaired in as far as the production, storage, and delivery of sperm is related. The effect is weaker or even nonviable sperm being produced in the body, which eventually lead to infertility in men.

4. Age.
Finally, our discussion cannot fail to raise the issue of age as concerns fertility if it is to be above bar and viable. The human body is known to be proactive in matters of sexuality during an individual’s prime years. These can be said to extend from the adolescent years to about the mid-forties. During this period, fertility is higher as compared to later ages, such as the fifties and sixties. It has been reported that higher numbers of infertility cases rest within the fifty years plus bracket as compared to the meager reporting in the twenties and thirties ages.