Male Infertility: Risk Factors and Home Remedies

There are certain lifestyle and other factors that may increase risk of male infertility. These risk factors are:

  • Smoking. This is a common factor that may lead to male infertility.
  • Excess alcohol intake and addiction to drugs
  • Obesity or overweight can also increase risk of male infertility.
  • Exposure to certain toxins
  • Infection, both past and present infection.
  • Overheating of testicles
  • Trauma to testicles
  • History of undescended testicles
  • Prior surgery such as vasectomy (definite cause of male infertility unless re-canalization done) or surgery in pelvic area or abdomen
  • Family history of infertility or born from infertile parents
  • Certain medications can lead to infertility such as cancer chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy, especially in pelvic area.
  • Certain medical conditions can lead to infertility such as certain tumors, chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease

Home remedies for male infertility:

Some home remedies can be useful in male infertility. These include,

  • Have sex during fertile period. It is possible to calculate fertile period, especially if female partner have very regular menstrual cycle. If menstrual cycle is not regular, ovulation can be easily determined by use of ovulation checking at home using ovulation strips. Having sexual intercourse during ovulation period greatly enhance the change of pregnancy.
  • Have sex frequently. Having sex regularly (daily sex at least four to five days prior to ovulation) greatly increase the change of pregnancy.
  • Avoid use of lubricants

Prevention of male infertility:

Some measures can help in preventing male infertility (although many are not possible to prevent) such as

  • Do not smoke or stop smoking if you are a smoker
  • Limit alcohol intake or abstain from alcohol.
  • Avoid addictive drugs
  • Keep body weight under control
  • Keep stress away
  • Do not do things that may increase heating up of testicles
  • Avoid exposure to toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals
  • Do not undergo vasectomy operation which is a sterilization operation.

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