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The truth about Male Infertility

Infertility issues are not just accounted to the wife/woman. Scientific studies show that 40% of infertility is caused by the woman, the other 40% is caused by the man and the remaining 20% is accounted to both individuals.

So, infertility issues are not just a gender’s thing. It can happen to anyone, at any age, race and economic status for that matter. It’s not just an issue bothering one country or state. It is affecting the entire globe at a rising number. Here are a few basic truths that NOT MANY know about Male infertility.

4 major causes of Male infertility.

  • Low sperm count :

Until the age of 80, men normally produce sperm eggs in massive amounts (a thousand sperms per second). A normal sperm concentration found in semen is estimated to be around 20 million/ml of semen. A lower sperm count is figured to be less than 10 million/ml of semen. Low sperm count can be caused by factors such as: extreme high temperature (sperm cells need to be kept cool. That is the reason why the male anatomy of their testicle is found outside their body so that these sperm cells won’t end up being fried), taking frequent and long sauna baths as well as intense exercise for more than 90 minutes can affect sperm production. Additional habits such as drugs and substance abuse, smoking and malnutrition (low in Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc, and Folate) can also affect sperm quality.

  • No sperm at all:

Complete absence of sperm. This is a rare case (less than 1% of all men and 10% – 15% of infertile men). This may be caused by obstruction (blockage) of sperm cells in the testes caused by infections or exposure to harmful and toxic chemicals.

  • Low quality sperm:

In low quality sperm, the sperm’s motility (ability and speed of sperm to swim towards the uterus) as well as the shape of the sperm’s head and tail is in poor condition to make fertilization possible. This factor is said to be more important than the concentration of the sperms. Some factors causing this is contributed to: exposure to toxins, genetic disorders of the Testosterone, prostate cancer or STD, Mumps and other infections

4. No semen at all:

The semen is the fluid that surrounds, protects and transports the semen towards its journey to the woman’s uterus. Without this fluid, sperm cells are easily destroyed and dried out due to the toxicity of the woman’s vaginal wall. This can be caused by physical or structural abnormalities of the testes, pituitary gland, tubes, or other reproductive structures.

Women and men have the same chances of infertility. If you have reason to believe that you inability to become pregnant is due to a ‘’male factor’’ please seek the advice of a fertility specialist near you. There are still ways to correct it through Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART).

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No Permanent Harm Comes to Those Who are Egg Donors

Many women wonder if by donating eggs to women who are infertile can affect their fertility later in life. There has been research that has been done over the years to help answer that question for those concerned.

Egg donations have been offered to infertile couples since the 1980s. As this form of assisted fertility treatment began to gain popularity so did the need for those selfless women who donate their eggs. It has been a concern to some that by stimulating of the ovaries through hormones can cause long term damage. The hormones are used to encourage production of the extra eggs during the egg donation cycle. Other believed that removing the eggs from the donor could later increase her infertility.

These concerns spawned a research study to take place to determine if there were long term fertility effects to those women who were at one time egg donors. This research study consisted of 194 women that donated eggs between the years of 1999 and 2010 at the Belgian center. At the time that these women were egg donors they were an average age of 30.

The surveys studied were conducted between four and five years after they participated as egg donors. 60 of the women who were surveyed reported that they became pregnant after they completed the egg donation cycle. Of the 60 women 57 of them became pregnant with no help conceiving. The other three women did need fertility help when trying to get pregnant. However, two of those three sought treatment because their partners had fertility issues. These results made it appear as though the ability to conceive children after participating in a cycle of egg donation was not an issue.

One of the problems noted, was that in some women there were temporary changes in their menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle can be disrupted by hormonal changes in a woman. Therefore, in some women the hormones used to stimulate the ovaries changed their menstrual cycle similar to that after discontinuing birth control.

In the United States, in 2009, there were approximately 12% of all fertility treatments that used an egg donor. Some still believe that the risks of trauma to the ovaries or early menopause are reason enough to have extreme caution when becoming an egg donor. However there have been no studies that have been able to corroborate these concerns.

Every woman that takes on the amazing challenge of being an egg donor places themselves in a small group in their own. Becoming an egg donor is not something that one takes lightly, it is a decision that is thought about, pondered over, and then decided based on the best options for that woman. Providing a family with a child they may never have had can be reward on its own.  But knowing that no studies have concluded that there is long-term permanent damage as a result of being an egg donor can always make egg donation a more secure decision and experience.  To hear more of the experience some donors have had watch .

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Support during egg donation

When conception is a problem and your fertility specialist has exhausted all the options that might allow you to use your own eggs then you may need to think about using This is a major decision and should be approached without emotion and with all of the information that you need.

There are a lot of women that have gone through this process and talking with them can help to explain everything about the process and how they felt before during and after. The choice to proceed or not is always your own and it comes down to how you feel about the situation.

Groups exist, and this includes support groups that are involved with recipients and with donors. These groups try to be as supportive as possible and to give as much information as possible so that recipients and donors can make a fully informed decision. You might consider joining groups in your local community so that you can find out more information and talk to people that have been through the process face to face.

It can be intimidating, and some people are less comfortable about discussing these deeply personal issues and would prefer more anonymity. There are online communities that have chat groups and forums that are you can join.

One of the cornerstones of helping people that cannot conceive with their own eggs is the donors that allow their eggs to be donated so that others have the chance to have a baby. It can be informative to look at how they are chosen and what they need to do to become an egg donor, it requires time an effort but has great rewards.

Egg Donors

In talking with egg donors, each donor has different reasons for donating. Some are altruistic and want to help people. Maybe they have had a friend or family member struggle to build their family while others are more interested in being able to make some extra money. In most cases it is a bit of both. The best egg donors are exited to help a family and the financial compensation is a bonus.

Egg Recipients

The technology of in vitro fertilization (IVF) which is the base technology that implants a fertilized egg has only been around for thirty-five years and has become a safe and effective technique. You may not know that there are about six thousand children born every year in America with the help of donor eggs.

The chance of having multiple births is much higher when using because most implantation sessions use multiple eggs to give the highest success rate but also 40% chance of more than one egg being successful. There are procedures that only implant a single egg and keep other eggs frozen for later implantation.

The decision can be very difficult when trying to balance a higher chance of multiples that also carries a higher success rate. Other factors particularly age can help you and your Doctor decide the best course of action and how many eggs to implant.      

An Agency

If you decide that either donating eggs or being a recipient is a good choice for you often it is confusing where to start.  One recommendation is to find an Egg Donation Agency that can help walk you through the process.  An agency will guide you through matching with a recipient or egg donor and will also ensure all steps are taken to preserve your autonomy if desired.

If you are ready to take the next step we encourage you to reach out to us and we can help you navigate through this journey. 

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