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heavy masturbate can cause infertility. is this true?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: This is one more unfounded scare story in a world that's difficult enough as-is. Long abstinence results in resorption of some of your fluid but not your sperms, so the sperm count goes up; if you ejaculate often, the sperms are diluted by the fluid that makes them work. That's the basis of the claim that it "lowers your sperm count." embrace being an adult.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

Why are infertility rates so high?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Hard to say: Are we more comfortable talking about it now then in the past? Is it because some women delay childbearing in order to go to school, work, etc? Is it something in the water like plastic byproducts, birth control hormones, steroids and growth hormones used in livestock? We don't know.
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Since the 60's the number of women using hormonal birth control has increased. Some speculate that this has led to hormones in the water supply which can affect men. It is highly speculative but there are higher levels of estrogen in water supplies than before
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is infertility hereditary?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Possibly: Some forms of infertility are hereditary. For instance some forms of male infertility have genetic components that are automatically passed to male children (y chromosome microdeletions). Endometriosis definitely has a hereditary component. Pcos also runs in families. And fragile x which can affect egg production is hereditary as well. The vast majority of time infertility is not hereditary.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does infertility mean?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Can't get pregnant: Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to achieve pregnancy through unprotected intercourse after 6 months of trying.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can PID cause infertility if left untreated?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes: Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can lead to scarring of reproductive organs and cause decreased fertility. PID is estimated to cause around 100,000 women to become infertile in the US every year. Chances of infertility due to PID become more likely each additional time a woman contracts PID.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
My advice would be to see your OB/Gyn if you have this issue and have concerns; especially if you are trying to conceive.
Nov 21, 2011
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can doctors investigate couples who are infertile?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Testing: Test for health of sperm and egg, a way for them to find each other, and a healthy uterus for the embryo. This includes evaluation of the menstrual cycles, a semen analysis, vaginal ultrasound, blood test of ovarian reserve, and possibly a hysterosalpingogram.

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