3 Of The Most Common Causes Of Male Infertility


Dr. Fisch is a microsurgical varicocelectomy doctor in Manhattan. He also provides vasectomy and vasectomy reversal services, using state of the art, minimally invasive technology.


In order for a man to be 100% fertile, like most things in nature, a number of extraordinary things must go right in sequence. The man has to have healthy reproductive organs. If he suffers any kind of trauma or disorder during puberty that inhibits his sexual organs, from developing properly, it could result in complications trying to conceive later in life. That includes at least one of the two testicles. He must also produce a sufficient amount of healthy, properly sized sperm, which must flow smoothly from the testicles to the semen. Any blockage of this flow could result in issues with conception. Here is a list of 3 of the most common reasons that one or more of these events do not take place as they should.

3. Infections That Affect Sperm
Epididymitis, or inflammation of the epididymis, orchitis, or inflammation of the testicles, gonorrhea, and HIV are some of the most notable infections that can lead to problems with the health of your sperm. Infections such as these can potentially disrupt sperm count and can also distort the shape and size of the sperm, which is equally as essential to conception as is the sperm count. The good news is that in most cases, an infection that disrupts sperm production and health are treatable, and are typically not detrimental to the man’s ability to have a child.

2. Problems Ejaculating
For some men, ejaculate does not release out of the penis during orgasm, but instead leaks into the bladder. Causes for issues like this include trauma to the spinal cord, diabetes, side effects to certain medications, blockage in the urethra, and unforeseen side effects to surgery. A healthy ejaculation also requires sufficient access to semen. But sometimes men who do indeed have sperm are unable to release it because they don’t have enough semen. If this the case, men can usually still use their sperm to impregnate their partners with the help of assistive reproductive technology.

1. Varicocele
As mentioned, sperm must transfer itself into the semen. In order to do so, it has to pass through a tube in the scrotum called the vas deferens. Sometimes, the veins in the scrotum can swell due to the blood inside them getting backed up. The heat of the blood in the swollen testicles can cause abnormalities in the sperm, which can then lead to infertility. This is luckily a reversible problem. All you need to do to is speak to a microsurgical varicocelectomy doctor to learn more about the minimally invasive outpatient surgery that could turn your future around. Dr. Harry Fisch is a New York City based urologist who specializes in vasectomies, vasectomy reversals, and microsurgical varicocelectomy. To learn more about his services, give his office a call at 212-879-0800.



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