If you are a sexually active woman, you probably spent your entire young adult life (or perhaps teenage years) terrified that you would have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Fast forward several years to when you are finally ready to have a baby. You expect everything to go according to plan…you have sex, you wait a few weeks, you take a test and poof, you’re having a baby! That’s how it goes down in the movies, after all. Except more often than not, it’s a little more complicated than that. It’s actually pretty hard to get pregnant. A lot of things need to align to make a baby. Why don’t they tell you that in health class?
According to the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the CDC, “One in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy.” So what goes wrong? What causes infertility? About one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, but women aren’t the only ones who can experience reproductive challenges. Men can have plenty of trouble in the baby-making arena too. Joshua U. Klein, M.D. Fertility Specialist, explains, “Sperm issues such as low sperm count or abnormal/unhealthy sperm are the primary problem in 25% to 35% of infertile couples.” Having trouble getting pregnant and not sure where to start? You’re not alone. First you have to identify the problem before you can seek treatment. Here are 8 signs that could indicate infertility in men.