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Prevalence of Male Infertility

The Center for Human Reproduction’s Dr. Vitaly A Kushnir explains that male infertility accounts for 20% of infertility problems, including sexual dysfunction, trouble with ejaculation, and infections.

Male infertility is actually surprisingly common. We find that the male factor infertility is the primary problem in about 20% of couples presenting with infertility after they have been trying for about a year on their own and haven’t conceived. And we also find that in couples where there are some female factors and some male factors, there is about 30% of couples like that, where the male is contributing but is not the only problem, the only factor in fertility. Common signs and symptoms of male factor infertility is a history of sexual dysfunction, a problem with erection or ejaculation. Some men will report that they have decreased hair growth, both facial hair and body hair, and this can be a clue that there may be some hormonal abnormalities going on. History of any injury to the testicles or an infection, for example mumps infection or any infection involving the testicles earlier in their life including STDs is a common history that men with infertility give. Also, if they’re obese or have other general medical problems or suspect genetic problems, this can be commonly found in male factor infertility.