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5 Environmental Causes of Male Infertility

Male infertility issues account for a large number of the difficulties a couple has becoming pregnant.  In a third of cases the fertility issues are related to the male partner.  In another third of the issues, both partners have fertility concerns. Understanding what the environmental causes of male infertility can help you to make adjustments to maximize your reproductive health.

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Working in environments with chemicals or other toxic substances can jeopardize a man’s fertility. Specifically, working with lead, mercury, radioactive substances and x-rays have a high risk of causing fertility issues.  Men that work with or around these substances must take all necessary safety precautions to limit their exposure.  This includes wearing all safety equipment. 

Drugs and Alcohol

Recreational drugs and abusing alcohol have a negative impact on the production and performance of sperm.  Because these substances can stay in the body for an extended period of time, sperm production can be affected for weeks after the substance is taken.  If you and your partner are trying to conceive, it is wise to stop using drugs and alcohol in order to maximize your fertility.  


Some medication, particularly those for ulcers and psoriasis can negatively impact a man’s ability to produce sperm.  If you’re on prescription medication and are looking to start a family, speak with your doctor about potential side effects and alternate treatment options while trying to start or grow your family.


Many pesticides have a number of long term side effects that are just beginning to be understood.  In fact, being exposed to pesticides as a young child can have long term side effects.  Reduce the amount of pesticides you’re exposed to by eating organic food.  Additionally, avoid the use of pesticides in and around your home while trying to conceive.


In order to function properly, a man’s testes must be kept at a temperature that is lower than that of the rest of the body.  Wearing loose underwear, placing electronic devices on tables and avoiding hot tubs are a must.

For additional information on the environmental causes of male infertility and available treatment options for male factor infertility, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.


Topics: Male Infertility

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