Here's what you both need to know when you're trying to conceive. You already know how important it is for your health to be in optimal shape if you want to get pregnant. Hurwitz, M.
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By Roxanne Khamsi. Chlamydia — the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US and UK — causes dramatic genetic damage in sperm leading to male infertility, a new study suggests. Men with chlamydia have more than three times the normal level of DNA fragmentation in their sperm, report researchers.
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Low sperm count means that the fluid semen you ejaculate during an orgasm contains fewer sperm than normal. A low sperm count is also called oligospermia ol-ih-go-SPUR-me-uh. A complete absence of sperm is called azoospermia.
About million sperm are deposited in the vagina at the time of ejaculation during sexual intercourse. However, less than 25 actually reach the egg, and only one will penetrate and fuse with the egg. Sperm health is obviously vital, and it depends on the quantity, quality, and movement of the sperm.
When you see a doctor because you're having trouble getting your partner pregnant, he or she will try to determine the underlying cause. Even if your doctor thinks low sperm count is the problem, it is recommended that your partner be evaluated to rule out potential contributing factors and determine if assisted reproductive techniques may be required. This includes examination of your genitals and asking questions about any inherited conditions, chronic health problems, illnesses, injuries or surgeries that could affect fertility.
Men who wish to father a child should talk to their doctor before starting a new medication or having any treatments. Non-FDA approved male fertility supplements may be widely advertised as fertility enhancers but they have not been scientifically evaluated and may cause harm. Before you take any supplements it is important to discuss it with a healthcare provider.
Individual agents within each of the major classes of antibiotics have been shown to have significant adverse effects on spermatogenesis or spermatozoal function in mammals. For humans, infertility or significant alterations in semen parameters have been well documented for the nitrofurans and for patients on sulfasalazine. Other commonly used antibiotics, such as minocycline, have been shown to be toxic to sperm at any concentration. Until further information is available, clinicians must keep in mind that treatment with antibiotics may adversely affect the fertility potential of men.