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Health Beat: Fighting male infertility: What not to do

By Melanie Falcon, Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published On: May 17 2013 02:27:51 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 04:44:48 PM CDT

Millions of couples suffer from infertility.

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.

Dr. Sherman Silber, at the Infertility Center of St. Louis, is one of the leading infertility specialists in the country. He said a number of issues can cause male infertility.

“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.

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