When it comes to infertility, generally one-third of the cases can be attributed to men. That can surprise many people who think of infertility as a woman’s problem, and it’s why fertility clinics will want to test both men and women who come into their office seeking help for infertility issues. When those tests come back though, what are the most common causes of male infertility? Here are three of the most common male infertility issues:
- Low sperm count. Sperm counts can have huge variations from one man to the next, but on average a normal sperm count ranges from around 15 to 200 million sperm per milliliter. Anything less that 15 million is considered low.
- Poor motility. Even if there are plenty of sperm, if they can’t get around it won’t matter. Sperm will need to travel to the egg for fertilization, and some men’s sperm just aren’t able to make the trip because they are either too slow or don’t move forward.
- Abnormal sperm morphology. In layman’s terms, this means sperm don’t have a normal shape. Normal sperm have a long tail and an oval head, while those with abnormal morphology may have a crooked tail or misshapen head.
Being diagnosed with any of these male infertility issues doesn’t mean your dreams of being a father are over! There are fertility solutions that can help increase your sperm count, or you and your partner may choose to use an alternative family building method such as embryo adoption. You can learn more about family building options at EmbryoAdoption.org.