For a couple to conceive, the reproductive systems of both partners must be healthy and functioning properly. In other words, it takes two to tango. It’s often thought that fertility problems reside primarily with the female partner, but men can experience fertility issues as well. According to a study conducted by researchers in the US, “infertility affects an estimated 15% of couples globally… Males are found to be solely responsible for 20 – 30% of infertility cases and contribute to 50% of cases overall.”
“A man’s fertility generally relies on the quantity and quality of his sperm. If the number of sperm a man ejaculates is low or if the sperm are of poor quality, it will be difficult, and sometimes impossible, for him to cause a pregnancy,” according to Andrologyaustralia.org, a site dedicated to the health of the male reproductive system.
There are numerous health problems that can affect the quality and quantity of the sperm, ranging from prior surgeries to certain medications to hormone imbalances, ejaculation issues and undescended testicles.4 However, if the male partner has some kind of fertility issue, a good fertility specialist can identify the problem and determine which solution can help correct or overcome the issue.