Health Beat: Fighting male infertility: What not to do
Updated On: May 17 2013 04:44:48 PM CDT
Millions of couples suffer from infertility. Contrary to popular belief, doctors say at least 50 percent of the time, infertility is actually because of the man. There are some things men can do to prevent infertility.
“Family has always been important to both Jason and I. So, we’ve always, you know, wanted to have a family of our own," said Anita Hansen, who has trouble getting pregnant with her husband Jason.
“I was tested first through my OB/GYN and had various tests and stuff done and then afterwards they asked Jason if he could get tested," said Anita.
“It can be caused by having mumps after puberty, or by a hernia repair that the child had, or you can have an infection, an STD that can result in scarring with blockage," Silber explained.
The Mayo Clinic said stress can reduce sperm. The CDC reported cocaine and marijuana can lower the count, too. From high fevers to saunas to hot tubs, overheating the testes can hurt fertility.
Watch where you put that laptop guys! A study found laptops can cause overheating in minutes.
To help boost fertility, guys can also try upping their Vitamin C. It worked in a small study published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods.
In Jason's case, it turns out the issue was something he's had all his life.
“I was born without Vas Deferens tubes," he said.
An outpatient procedure helped extract his sperm. The couple then got pregnant on their first round of in-vitro fertilization. Now, they’re expecting twin boys.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Fatal accident stops traffic on I-78 East in Upper Saucon
State police: Possible Eric Frein sighting near post office
School district cancels class Tuesday after alleged Frein sighting
Police: Blood found is not Eric Frein's; search zone shifts
4 students hurt in school bus crash
Woman shares story about possible Eric Frein sighting
Home inspector accused of selling items left behind
BASD reaches agreement with former parent it sued
Farm animals gunned down; police investigate
Lehigh County man dies after vehicle crashes into tractor trailer