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Male Infertility: It’s More Common Than You Think

  • Jan 30, 2020
  • Written By:Asian Egg Bank

As the old saying goes, it takes two to tango. So why is it that when we talk about infertility, men are all too often left out of the conversation? Even when you google “infertility,” you’ll likely see a lot of information on infertility in women. About one-third of infertility cases can be attributed to male factors. It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something that needs to be talked about.

Male Infertility

The Prevalence of Male Infertility

Studies show that after one year of having unprotected sex, nearly 15% of couples are unable to conceive a child. A while the conversation about infertility often revolves around the woman, research shows that men are solely responsible for 20-30% of infertility cases around the world.

Causes of Male Infertility

A man may not be able to get his partner pregnant if he has:

Unhealthy Sperm

Healthy sperm has an oval head and a long tail. But if sperm has any abnormalities, such as a misshapen head, short tail, or double tail, it may not be able to survive inside a woman or reach her egg.

A Low Sperm Count

A man begins growing healthy sperm when he hits puberty and continues making sperm for decades. To maintain a healthy sperm count, a man’s body must produce testosterone and several other hormones that trigger healthy sperm production. Typically, a sperm count of less than 15 million/mL is considered low.

It’s also possible for men to have a complete absence of sperm, which is known as azoospermia.

Poor Sperm Mobility

For a woman to get pregnant, sperm must be able to reach and penetrate the egg. Weak or slow-moving sperm may not be able to travel as far as it needs to.

Infertility is complicated and its cause isn’t always well-known. If you suspect you’re dealing with infertility, reach out to your doctor as soon as possible. The younger you are when you’re tested, the more options you may have.

Asian Egg Bank was established to satisfy the ever-rising demand for Asian egg donors. Thanks to rigorous quality and screening standards, we are able to offer the highest quality eggs and surrogacy services to improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.