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Abused Substances Cause Sperm Count
Cigarettes: The best data appears to be that cigarette smoke decreases sperm count and quality somewhat in men with known varicoceles (varicoces veins of the testicles). Marijuana and alcohol have been suggested but in my clinical practice their effects are limited except at very high usage levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause a sperm count to go from excellent to poor, in a year? No history of recent illness or infection. Healthy lifestyle. Age middle 30's.
Low testosterone: may have a pituitary disorder , with low fsh and Lh , but could be a blockage in spermatic ducts, a full evaluation by an endocrinologist [gland doctor] and or a urologist[bladder and genital organ doctor], need full labs and sperm count and repeated exam to prove things, then a lot of things in the scrotum to penis that can cause it, and or certain types of medications. ...Read more
No: Low sperm count can cause difficulty in starting a pregnancy with one's wife. Low sperm count can cause anxiety about one's low sperm count and about creating children. Other than that, sperm count is not the cause of things but rather the result of things. Low sperm count can result from problems inside the testicles, or problems with hormone levels from outside the testicles, or both. ...Read more
No: These two issues have absolutely no correlation with each other. ...Read more
My partner and I are trying to have a baby he is about 150lbs overweight. Could that cause us problems like maybe a low sperm count?
Obesity: Obesity in women is more directly linked to infertility. In men, there may other risk factors like sleep apnea, that may decrease libido and energy.Also if is there is significant decrease in effective penis length, may cause mechanical barrier. A number of recent studies have found that , obese men tend to have lower sperm counts and less mobile sperms. Semen analysis is a relativeyl simple test. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal to have 1"x1/2" left testicle? twice as small as the right. what could be the cause of this? could this cause low sperm count?
No, not normal: Average testicle size after puberty is ~2" long, 0.8" width, and 1.2" height (5 x 2 x 3 cm). Causes of a small (atrophic) testicle include: 1) painful conditions like torsion, infection, and severe trauma, and 2) painless conditions like the presence of a varicocele, abnormal development, genetic anomaly, prior surgery affecting blood flow, steroids, etc. Depending on cause, could affect fertility. ...Read more
Correctable cause?: If seen on two tests, you should be evaluated for a cause. A physical exam along with testing for endocrine abnormalities is necessary. The most common finding would be a varicocele (15%), which can be corrected and may return normal numbers of sperm. Heat exposure (fever, hot baths) can also cause this. For hormonal problems, stimulation of sperm production with medicines might work. ...Read more
Yes, it can: Recent researches have shown that men with diabetes have low sperm count. Uncontrolled blood sugar level and fluctuating blood sugar levels lead to low sperm count. In addition, a research shows that semen volume is lower in diabetic men compared with non-diabetic men and that the nuclear dna in diabetic men's sperm cells is more fragmented. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Testicular atrophy is a known symptom of alcoholism. Direct toxic .Effect on sperm as well as indirect effect in which the liver damaged by alcohol is unable to properly utilize female sex hormones in men leads to increase in the quantity of the above causing decrease in sperm counts. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No: That's bunk. There are a couple of studies in which sperm counts are higher if a guy goes for a long time between ejaculations. Go figure -- the fluid is being reabsorbed and the sperms concentrated. Anybody who's trying to frighten you about your developing sexuality is someone you should ignore. Love responsibly and talk with your physician about this stuff if you like. ...Read more
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