Both eating disorders and infertility in men are underrecognized, yet common health concerns; incidentally, the two can go hand in hand. Eating disorders can cause lasting damage to the body and may result in infertility in men. Often, eating disorders are only associated with women, but men account for about 5-15% of anorexia and bulimia cases and 35% of binge eating disorder cases. Additionally, because these numbers are only based on reported cases, they may actually be higher—many men will suffer in silence with eating disorders. For any man struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is important for many reasons, including the preservation of future fertility. Continue reading to gain a better understanding of how eating disorders can be a cause of male infertility .
Weight Changes and Sperm Quality
Being over- or underweight can have an impact on sperm count as well as sperm motility and overall sperm quality. With anorexia nervosa, men may be dangerously below a healthy weight range, and they might also utilize risky solutions to continue battling body fat, such as diet pills, which can cause further harm to sperm count and quality.
Risks of Over-Exercising
Along with undereating or uncontrollable binge eating, eating disorders may lead to over-exercising, which can further diminish sperm count due to the consistently higher temperature of the testes during exercise.
Potential Nutritional Deprivation
Even with binge eating disorder, which is characterized by binging sessions where someone will consume large quantities of food in a single sitting, malnourishment is common. That’s because the body is not getting the balanced diet it needs to stay healthy, and decreased sperm production may be one of the consequences of that nutritional deprivation.
Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is dedicated to providing resources for men struggling with infertility, including those who are looking for vasectomy reversal procedures in Sarasota. To learn more about our practice , give us a call at (941) 894-6428 or visit our website.
After a vasectomy reversal, if you are still struggling to conceive, then you may need to consider other causes of infertility for both partners. If your partner is under a great deal of stress, even if your vasectomy reversal was successful, infertility could be a problem.
Watch this video to understand how stress impacts ovulation. Women under stress may not ovulate, which means you won’t be able to conceive after your vasectomy reversal. You may need to see a fertility specialist and consider other treatments after your vasectomy to start a family.
Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has a proven track record of successful reversal procedures. If you are interested in learning more about vasectomy reversal in Sarasota, please call (941) 894-6428.
The success rate for vasectomy reversals is high. If your v asectomy was less than five years ago , the odds of restoring sperm to the ejaculate with a reversal procedure are 95% or greater, while those whose vasectomies were more than 10 years ago have an 80-90% chance of succeeding. However, a successful vasectomy reversal is only the first step in achieving a pregnancy, and in some cases, infertility persists after the procedure. If you are still struggling to conceive, here is a look at the steps you can take.
Review Your Procedure Results
After vasectomy reversal, your surgeon will look for presence of sperm in your ejaculate at set intervals to determine if the procedure was a success. Keep in mind that while most men produce sperm throughout their lifetimes, the levels may vary. You can have a successful vasectomy reversal but have a significantly lower level of sperm in the ejaculate than before your vasectomy. Generally, the more time that has passed since your vasectomy, the lower the levels of sperm in the ejaculate. Your surgeon can discuss issues of low sperm count with you so you can understand how they may impact your goal of growing your family.
Consider Contributing Issues
In some case, female infertility issues can compound male infertility. If you are struggling to conceive after a successful reversal, it is important for your partner to also see her doctor to determine if she has an underlying fertility problem. For both parties, chronic medical conditions can also interfere with fertility, including diabetes and obesity.
Look into Other Options
Your vasectomy reversal surgeon may be able to help with sperm retrieval for fertility treatments, such as IVF. For some couples, additional medical treatment either is not likely to be effective or is unlikely to be successful, in which case adoption could be an option.
At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we understand how important starting or growing a family is to our vasectomy reversal surgery patients, and we’re here to offer comprehensive and compassionate care throughout the process. Make an appointment for a consultation for vasectomy reversal in Sarasota today by calling (941) 894-6428.
If you are exploring your options for infertility procedures in Sarasota, it is important to first understand the source of your infertility. Watch this video to learn more about male infertility.
Male infertility can be caused by many factors, including sperm disorders, anatomical abnormalities, mitochondrial deletions, PCD, and secondary conditions. Fortunately, vasectomy reversal surgeons like Dr. Joshua Green can help treat these problems with various infertility procedures, including sperm retrieval and IVF.
Dr. Green of the Dr. Joshua Green Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility is pleased to offer a wide range of infertility procedures for Sarasota area men. Call (941) 961-4581 to learn more.
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