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Infertility and Pregnancy
by: Jackie G. Maxwell
When a couple is unable to conceive a child, it is the couple's problem,
and not the “fault” of one partner or the other. Female issues are the
most common reasons cited, but some studies suggest that up to 40% of
infertility is caused by one or more reasons originating with the male
For men, the problem can only be from one source- the sperm. However,
that can involve a variety of difficulties from low sperm count, to poor
motility, or abnormal shape/structure of the sperm. In many instances the
cause of the sperm difficulties are idiopathic, with no known reason.
Some issues may be a result of a past illness, current drug therapy,
personal habits such as drinking and smoking, or varicocele veins.
Recommendations for improving things like sperm count, include looser
clothing around the genitals, eliminating hot baths or hot tubs, giving
up alcohol and smoking, and stress reduction.
For women, the difficulties are more varied, and cover a range of