Infertility in men and what you must know about it

Infertility is the failure to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity during the time of ovulation. It may also refer to the inability to carry a pregnancy to term.

Ovulation, fertilization, and the journey of the fertilized ovum through the fallopian tube and finally into the uterus are highly intricate processes. Many events must work together perfectly for pregnancy to occur.

In 40 percent of infertile couples, problems affecting the male partner are either partially or wholly the cause of infertility. For men, infertility is most often the result of a low sperm count or an anatomical abnormality.

A recent study presented at the Kenya Medical Research Institute 10th Annual Scientific and Health conference in Nairobi in February 2020 by the Kenyatta National Hospital shows lack of sperms in semen is one of the fastest-growing causes of infertility among men. In 2013, the study revealed, only 7.6 per cent of men at the KNH fertility clinic had no sperm in their semen, but in 2018, the number doubled to 14.12 per cent. 

Sperm Count

To rule out low sperm count, a sample of semen is examined no longer than an hour after ejaculation. It is tested for; sperm count (>20 million sperm/ml), sperm motility – the percentage of sperm that are swimming (>50%) and sperm morphology – the percentage that normally shaped (>15%). Factors that can cause a result of a low sperm count include:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Endocrine disorders that can affect the hormones FSH and Testosterone which mainly control the production of sperm and are regulated by the hormone LH
  • Exposure to toxins, radiation, or excessive heat
  • Recent acute illness or prolonged fever
  • Testicular injury
  • Mumps – induced wasting of the testicles
  • Varicoceles – abnormal enlargement of veins that drain the testicles causing the testes to no longer moderate the temperature of the testicles correctly
  • Marijuana and cocaine use

In most cases, treatment is usually available given that the fertility problem has been established.  

Our natural-based solutions have been used by many for successful infertility treatment in the region. If you would love to learn more, do call us on 0722849229 or 0731400500. You may pay us a visit at our Nairobi facility – Purvi House, 1st Floor along Mpaka Road in Westlands.

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