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What Is Causing Your Low Sperm Count?

Low Sperm Count - A condition called Oligozoospermia were a male has fewer than 15 million sperm per mililitre of semen - or a total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculate.

The male body creates upwards of 100 - 200 million fresh sperm each day allowing a man to be potentially fertile 24 hours 7 days a week. In todays society there are many factors that can contribute to male infertility - leading to low sperm count. Such as:

Lifestyle factors: due to sperm continually being produced - environmental and lifestyle choices can directly affect the quality of sperm, such as:

  • Use of recreational / Illegal drugs

  • Heroin / Morphine / Marijuana / Cocaine

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking

  • Steroids

Medical issues / Trauma / Chronic health problems / Illnesses - that can interfere with sperm production, sperm function, ejaculation and erectile function, such as:

Hydrocele - A collection of fluid that develops around the testicles, in the scrota causing an increase of heat around the testes impacting on fertility.

Epididymitis - inflammation of the epididymis [a duct behind the testes where sperm mature for about 3 months]. Usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection [STI's], urinary tract infection [UTI] - which causes scarring and excess heat.

Prostatitis / Chronic and Acute - A painful and distressing condition causing inflammation of the prostate gland [a small gland that lies between the penis and bladder - responsible for producing fluid that's mixed with sperm to create semen]. Common in men aged between 30 and 50.

Prescribed medication - used to treat medical conditions such as:

  • Arthritis

  • Cancer

  • Digestive issues [celiac disease]

  • Gout

  • High blood pressure

  • Depression

  • Infections

  • Pain

Spinal cord injuries

Genetic Syndromes - Chromosome defects - inherited disorders such as:

  • Klinefelter's Syndrome - a condition in which a male is born with 2 X chromosomes and 1 Y chromosome - instead of 1 X and 1 Y chromosome - causes abnormal development of the male reproductive organs

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Kallmann's Syndrome

  • Kartagener's Syndrome

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