Could Your Male Partner Be The Reason You Can’t Get Pregnant – Infertility Works Both Ways

Women are often thought of as being the reason for a couple having difficulty conceiving. While women have more “moving parts” that play a role in fertility, male factor infertility accounts for between 30 and 45 percent of fertility problems. Female factor infertility accounts for another 30 to 45 percent of fertility issues, with the remainder being a result of both female and male fertility concerns. It is important to realize that the reproductive health of both partners plays a critical role in the ability to start a family.


Diagnosing a male factor infertility issue begins with a single test. A semen analysis can determine the number of sperm present in ejaculate and the quality of those sperm.  This one test can identify a number of issues including:

  • Having a low sperm count or the complete absence of sperm in the ejaculate
  • Poor motility, movement, which can make fertilization difficult as the sperm cannot reach or cannot penetrate the egg
  • Sperm that is not shaped correctly or are an abnormal size
  • Issues with the semen

There are a number of ways of treating male infertility medically. There are also a number of things men can due to increase the health of their sperm:

  • Stop smoking – Smoking tobacco can decrease sperm motility and decrease sperm counts. Similar issues are seen with the chronic use of marijuana.
  • Stop drinking – Alcohol can increase the production of abnormally shaped sperm that are not suitable for fertilization.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Maintaining a healthy weight is important for male fertility. Being overweight or underweight can affect hormones within the body, resulting in fertility issues.
  • Moderately exercise – Exercise is an important part of overall health. However, excessive exercise can be detrimental to fertility. Additionally, the use of steroids can dramatically affect fertility as well as physical well-being.

Receive additional information on male factor infertility by contacting New Hope Fertility Center today. Their team of experts design personalized treatment plans that address the needs of each client, fully treating both male and female fertility issues. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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