Infertility in Men

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When a couple is struggling to conceive, it is often assumed that it is due to a medical issue on the part of the female.  However, the issue could very well lie with the male.  If you have been trying to conceive for either 6 months if the female is 35 or older, or one year if the female is under 35, without success, it is important for both partners to pursue a medical evaluation.

There are several factors that can play into male infertility.  The first is age.  While men can stay fertile well into their 70s, the quality of their sperm can change over time, making it less likely to fertilize an egg.  These changes include a decrease in the number of sperm, differences in the shape and movement of the sperm, or a total cease in sperm production. Continue reading