8 Unknown Facts About Male Infertility You Must Know

Male infertility is a serious problem; here are some facts about infertility that you may not know about.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalUpdated at: Nov 22, 2021 12:42 IST
8 Unknown Facts About Male Infertility You Must Know

There are number of problems that men are resilient to tell and show. Infertility is one of the major issues that can dig deep into any man’s confidence. This is a condition which can be improved and treated. People believe different things about infertility which has nothing to do with these conditions. You may know about different myths that revolve around male infertility issues, but today we will tell you about some interesting facts that you may not be aware of till now. These facts have been verified by Urologist Dr. Pramod Mehta, who specializes in fertility cases from Sahara Hospital, Lucknow.

Surprising Facts about Infertility in Males

1. Men not becoming fathers, it’s on the rise

There have been increased cases that show that men are unable to become fathers and this is becoming more common. There are around 7% of men in India who face infertility issues and are not able to become fathers. It is a growing problem and especially for those over the age of 35 years. The exact cause of it is not known but their sperm rate decreases by almost 52 percent which is a lot. This keeps on decreasing over every year and hence it could cause several problems. 


2. Men too have biological clock

This means just as women have a particular time in which there are high chances of becoming pregnant, same is the case with men also. Fertility rates decrease after the age of 40 and then it becomes difficult for men to become fathers. Even if their partners become pregnant, the tendency of miscarriage increases. Therefore there is a particular time under which you should try for parenthood to prevent these problems. 

Having a child after 40 or while having some sort of infertility issues, it can even impact your child and result to autism, schizophrenia and cancer in childhood. Hence it is advised to consult your doctor and plan your pregnancy.

3. Wear lighter clothes

In several studies done by Harvard researchers and in some cases observed, it is found that people who wear light clothes such as boxers and shorts have higher sperm concentration that those who don’t. It can be also be possible because of wearing tight undergarment. Having infertility is also linked to the choice of clothes you wear and briefs you use. This is because tight garments increasing temperature in scrotum that results to impairment of sperm production.


4. Inability to smell is a symptom of male infertility

This may come to you as a surprise but there is a condition called Kallmann Syndrome that affects a person rarely. But it is a genetic condition in which the people have poor sense of smell or inability of smell at all. This condition also comes with delayed or absent puberty which means that hormones for sexual development do not develop. This condition leads the person to infertility if it is left untreated. In this condition, some men show delayed symptoms which improve over time whereas others need proper medical attention.

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5. Antibodies of men attack their Sperm

This is also a rare situation and does not happen naturally but in some cases antibodies that are present in the body gets triggered by sperm count and attacks them. This condition usually occurs in cases where the man has got severely sick or suffered from an injury. Antibodies interfere with the conception which makes it hard for the sperm to move forward. This results to infertility in males. This type of male infertility is called immunologic infertility. However cases of this problem are quite less but it can affect a person adversely.

6. Duration of your sleep can also affect Fertility rate

In number of conditions, rate of fertility gets affected by the duration of sleep a body gets. This is associated with the amount of rest and volume of semen produced. It is found that those men who sleep for more than 9 hours in a day have more reduction in their sperm count as compared to those who slept for 7 hours in a day. Optimal duration of sleep defined for young men is around 7-7.5 hours that causes minimal reduction in the sperm count. 

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7. Food choices are also linked to sperm count in men

The choice of food you eat and the numbers of meals you take in a day also affect your chances of infertility and sperm count. People who have processed meat almost every day have lower sperm count that those who don’t. Doctors also recommend avoiding excessive fats, sugar, red meat and soya from your diet to increase your sperm count and help in overall health. For reducing chances of infertility, you should have more fruits containing antioxidants. You can also have these following foods for benefits-

  • Whole grains
  • Green vegetables
  • Nuts 
  • Seeds
  • Fish and other lean animal protein


8. Do not keep your mobiles in your front pocket

Almost all of us have the tendency to keep our mobile phones in our front pocket of our trousers or jeans. This can actually affect your scrotal because it causes heat that impairs sperm count. This is not just limited to phones but any devices that produce heat or can make affect your sperm production should be avoided. People who work with their laptops in their laps should not do so as it can also cause infertility because of serious exposure to heat.

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