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What has been recently revealed by theAmerican Society of Reproductive Medicine to the broadest of public are thefollowing fairly concerning data regarding the infertility rates in both themembers of the male and the female population. As pointed out, one third of theentire number of cases is ascribed to women, the other third to men and the restfalls into the category of cases for which no explanation can be found.

Infertility standards

According to the scientists andspecialists in this field, there exist certain common denominators that pointout to either male, female or couple infertility. These, so to say markers,include the following – younger than 34, no prior use of contraceptives,attempts to conceive for a specific period of time without any success (e.g. 12months). In case the female partner is older than 35, and failed to conceivefor 6 months during which time she has not used any kind of contraceptives, orif she is unable to carry out the pregnancy properly, this might also be filedunder the category “infertile”.

On one hand and having the membersof the male population in mind, grounds for infertility and causes do differfrom the ones troubling the members of the female population. Namely, regardedas the main culprit is either low count of sperm, or improper sperm volume.Those factors that are known to affect the proper production of the sperm are usually hormonal in nature and affect the testicles or the pituitary gland, but it can also be cancer treatment by way of chemotherapy, radiation etc. In certain cases, genetic predispositions may affect the overall fertility of the male inquestion. Also those males who suffer from specific illnesses such as diabetes orthyroid related conditions are also at increased risk of becoming infertilethemselves. In addition, hindrances that occur in ejaculation can also be heldresponsible for infertility.

Cigarettes and infertility

As it turns out, indulging incigarettes will not only affect the person’s heart and respiratory organs in amanner most undesirable, but also (to an extremely large extent) reproductive functions and related abilities. As it has been discovered,cigarettes (i.e. smoking) and certain substances that contain tobacco doinfluence negatively the overall sperm production in men, as well as the quality of eggs in women, to such a level that it causes grave concern. Inaddition, what smoking also tends to affect undesirably is testosteroneproduction, and in this way, it induces impotence directly, whereas in women, itinduces alterations in the cervical mucus, disabling the sperm from reaching anegg.

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