Fertility is often thought of as a women’s issue. Women are more likely to speak with their doctor about their fertility concerns and more likely to have a support system to help them deal with fertility issues. Because of this, there are many myths about male fertility. Breaking them down to their truths can help a couple seek help and to get treatment.
The truth is male factor infertility is just as likely to be causing a couple’s trouble trying to conceive as female factor infertility. Generally speaking, a third of issues can be directly attributed to the male, a third to the female and the final third is either unknown fertility issues or a combination of both partners.
Myth #2 – Your laptop can interfere with your fertility
This myth is true. In oder to function properly, a man’s testicles must be kept at a temperature that is lower than the rest of his body. This is why the testicles are strategically located outside of the body. Holding a laptop in your lap directs heat to the exact place where it is not wanted. To avoid this issue, place laptops on tables when using them.
Myth #3 – Men can get a woman pregnant at any time
This is false. Pregnancy requires the meeting of a sperm and an egg. A woman only ovulates once per month and that egg can only survive 24 hours unless it is fertilize. Outside of that time, conception cannot occur. However, sperm can live in the body for up to five days. It is possible to provide the sperm that results in pregnancy days before she actually ovulates.
Myth #4 – If a man doesn’t have sperm in his semen, he doesn’t make sperm
This is false. Sperm are produced in the testicles. However, they must move out of this area and join with semen in order to be present in the ejaculate. Blockages along these pathways can prevent sperm from being present in semen, even if they are produced. This condition is treatable in a number of ways.
Myth #5 – A man’s weight doesn’t matter
Just like women, a man’s weight plays a large role in his overall health. Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to have fertility issues. Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to maximize fertility.
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