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Does The Position A Man Sleeps In Affect His Fertility
Will melatonin affect fertility? And etc? Well, I took one 3mg melatonin for the very first time one night because I had trouble sleeping and I needed rest. (it didn't help me at all. Uncomfortable all night. Couldn't sleep. Etc) well, I'm hearing good an
Please: Please be reassured that you have not harmed yourself by taking melatonin once. Melatonin is reported to impact the release of female reproductive hormones. As a general recommendation, avoid using it if pregnant or nursing. ...Read more
I smoke weed to help with anxiety and insomnia for over 6 years. I want to quit but not get addicted to sleeping pills. How does it affect fertility?
Probably not good: Unlike cigarette smoking, there is little scientific evidence about the effects on female fertility. In men it lowers testosterone and does reduce sperm quality. We don't know if a women smoking weed also affects sperm in her body. It may affect female hormones and ovulation. Our bodies make cannabis-like chemicals (endocannabinoids) and we are finding out what they do for fertility. Best to quit. ...Read more
Fertility for Men: Yes. It depends on the cause of the infertility. If it is due to an infection or venous congestion, these have no proven value. However, certain drugs such as clomid, (clomiphene) can increase free testosterone and thereby increase sperm production. Nutrition centers sell numerous "blends" that purport to do the same thing - I would be very cautious about trying any of these without a doctor's consultation. ...Read more
Blood pressure meds: One of the most common types of blood pressure medications in use today are calcium channel blockers - amlodipine, verapamil, Nifedipine are just some examples. Many doctors who prescribe this medication are not aware that they can cause a reversible male infertility. Sperm heads contain many calcium channels that help them to fertilize the egg. These drugs can block fertilization. ...Read more
Male fertility: A healthy diet and a healthy weight go a long way for male fertility. Limiting or avoiding alcohol and tobacco products also helps. Use of vitamin c (500mg), vitamin e (400 iu), and l-carnitine (1gm) all twice daily can also help. Co-q supplements and use of preseed lubricant has also been shown to possibly help. Lastly, stay away from testosterone supplements. ...Read more
See urologist: Management of "male infertility" depends on the nature and etiology of male infertility. For example, mildly decreased sperm count or severe (no sperm). There are several causes for having a low sperm count. Best to seek a urological evaluation to possibly determine the cause of an abnormal semen analysis. The etiology will determine the best option to correct the problem, if possible. ...Read more
Eggs age: Eggs are present from birth, and, for the most part, are never reproduced. That aging effect reduces the quality of eggs, and increases the chance of an error at cell division. ...Read more
Male fertility: This trend has been described but is probably over-dramatized in the media (no surprise there?) some estimates are that male fertility (which is not strictly defined) is dropping by around 2% per year. Proposed reasons are stress, unhealthy lifestyles, and chemical exposures in the environment. ...Read more
No: Hi. Please define hypoglycemia; is he a diabetic on insulin? If we are dealing with true hypoglycemia, there is no direct cause-and-effect relationship between hypoglycemia and infertility. Other reasons for his infertility need to be sought. There are conditions that could be the underlying cause of both, such as panhypopituitarism (very rare). Have you seen a fertility clinic as a couple? ...Read more
No reason for. ...: Nutritional supplement of such has no reason to suppress egg production or hormonal change. But, for more detailing, please ask your Doc and work with her/him. Best wish... ...Read more
About equal: In a reproductive clinic it is most common to find contributory factors on both the male and female side of the subfertility problem. Testing is more exhaustive for women and most initial therapy includes treating the woman in some way. Ivf/icsi, for example is used to treat severe male factor, even if the woman is "normal", and that therapy involves extensive manipulation of the woman's system. ...Read more
Yes: Good healthy swimmers at 20 doesn't mean 2 decades of life in between didn't bring along a new variables that might impair fertility. Toxic exposures, infection, etc can drop fertility. The female involved may also contribute to success of failure of any parenting attempt for a variety of reasons. Assessment of the couple by a fertility team could give you some specific answers. ...Read more
Is it more common for men to not have fertility problems than for men to have fertility problems?
If hemotomochrosis is effecting a mans fertility when iron levels go down will this change the fertility issue?
Not necessarily: There is an excellent web site for patient information available through the mayo clinic. Once iron is deposited in tissues it is pretty much going to stay there, it can be chelated (removed chemically) from the blood stream. There may be other options for fertility however and you should seek advice from an rei along with your partner. ...Read more
It does not: I'm very sorry that somebody told you this. The "scientific basis" is the discovery that sperm counts per unit volume of semen are lower if a man ejaculates frequently. The reason is that more fluid is reabsorbed during abstinence. There is nothing "spiritual" about telling or believing untruths about your body; growing up is difficult enough as it is. Think about the girl you'll marry. Cheers. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle: The avoidance of cigarette smoke is important since it lowers sperm counts and increases the risk of miscarriage. Avoid hot tubs since heat interferes with sperm and anything that raises the temperature of the testicles decreases the sperm count. A healthy diet and moderate exercise are important for both partners. Supplemental folic acid prior to pregnancy for mom decreases the risk of birth defects ...Read more
Unlikely.: You are correct in that soybean contain phytoestrogens, which have weak hormonal activity and theoretically can reduce fertillity. There is, however, no conclusive evidence that it does, and many cultures which consume large amounts of soy do not have appreciably different rates of paternity and infertillity. No randomized trials exist, however, and this is an area of intense study. ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam): No direct cause/effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
NO: I learned in my college animal physiology class, . .."the male of the species is always ready" and that includes humans! ...Read more
I'm a 34 year old male and my wife and I have been trying to pregnant for 1.5 years. Its depressing. Do men lose their fertility as they age?
Nothing lasts 4ever: Like women, fertility does decrease with age. The rate at which infertility develops in men however is very different then women. It tends to develop more slowly and for some men, apparently not at all. A perhaps overly simplistic rule of thumb is a 20 year difference; 40s for women, 60s for men. ...Read more
Yes. Not a full test: The over-the-counter fertility test for men is called spermcheck and tests if a man's sperm count (concentration) is low or normal. A full semen analysis (sa) through a fertility clinic looks at sperm count as well as motility (% that are moving) and morphology (% of normal-shaped sperm). Some clinics test sperm antibodies too. So the home test is better than nothing but not as good as a full sa. ...Read more
Time since vasectomy: The time since vasectomy is critical. Both tubal patency (open) and fertility decrease with time since the vasectomy. If you have had 10 yrs since vas then success is likely less than 30%. Also remember that the female partner age is also important, perhaps more so. If there is no or poor quality sperm, then ivf/icsi is possible. We virtually always get sperm with aspiration for icsi. Good luck. ...Read more
It could: Most people on long-term steroids have a significant illness and thus either the disease or the medication could affect fertility. The good thing is that checking a man's fertility potential is one of the easiest parts of the fertility examination and one of the least expensive! ...Read more
Possibly: Hemochromatosis can be an infiltrative disease and that's important in fertility because if the pituitary gland is infiltrated with iron it can alter the signals to the gonads (testes and ovaries). Because of this, there can be a decrease in production of either sperm or eggs and that obviously isn't good when you're talking about fertility. ...Read more
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