Certain infections, if left untreated, can cause several serious long-term health problems, including those that relate to fertility and sperm production in men.

Bacterial Infections in men often cause infertility. Why? When certain bacterial infections target the reproductive organs of the male body, it often results in impaired sperm production or cause scarring or blockages that impede the sperm from swimming freely.

Infected Prostate

  • An infected prostate causes prostatitis, which can block fluid from being released out of the prostate and reduce the volume of ejaculation
  • The most common symptoms associated with an infected prostate are problems with urination and ejaculation. Unfortunately these symptoms are not specific to an infected prostate
  • This organ is located alongside the testes
  • Freshly produced sperm are temporarily stored in the epididymis
  • An infected epididymis causes epididymitis, which is an infection that interferes with sperm maturation and can block the transport of sperm
  • Epididymitis is most often caused by sexually transmitted organisms or coliforms, which are organisms commonly found in the intestines)
Infected Testes
  • This infection shuts down the production of sperm when testicular tubules become blocked
The Average Cold
  • Although temporary, the common cold may lower sperm count and reduce sperm motility
  • As far as the common cold is concerned, sperm count and motility most often returns to normal levels within a few months
The Mumps
  • men who develop the mumps after puberty are at greater risk of developing fertility problems
  • The mumps can often lead to orchitis, also known as inflammation of the testicles
  • Orchitis can lead to sterility and diminished sperm production if left untreated
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • STDs are the most common infections that are associated with male infertility
  • Getting repeatedly infected and having frequent flare-ups can result in scarring and blackages within the reproductive tract and impedes sperm mobility as a result
  • An organism found in sexually active men called mycoplasma can attach itself to sperm and impede sperm motility
  • Some common bacteria that infect men and cause infertility include gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. The risks of contracting these STDs reduce significantly if condoms are used on a regular basis during intercourse
  • Due to many STDs having little to no symptoms, they are often left untreated and this delayed treatment can cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs



Date 9/17/2016

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