Studies show that sexual dysfunction is present in about 20-25% of infertile couples. Adequate sexual function can contribute to the success of fertility treatments, but more importantly, sexual dysfunction can be a source of stress and conflict within the couple’s relationship. The stress itself can reduce the chance of a successful outcome. Erectile dysfunction can be further worsened by performance anxiety and the pressure to time relations to the woman’s ovulation.
We are concerned about your mental well-being and want you to maintain a strong relationship during and following your fertility treatments. That can help attain the highest possibility of success and strengthen your relationship during the challenges of pregnancy and rearing your family.
Male fertility issues may be the result of:
- Low sperm count, low quality, low motility of sperm
- Not producing any sperm
- Physical inability to ejaculate semen from the body
Impotency is a man’s inability to achieve and maintain a penile erection to perform sexual intercourse. This condition is also referred to as erectile dysfunction (ED). For a man to achieve and maintain an erection, several systems in the body must work together, including the nervous system and cardiovascular system. Should any of these systems be compromised, achieving and maintaining an erection becomes difficult. Impotency is often the result of the following health issues:
- Heart disease or other vascular issues
- Emotional or mental health issues such as depression
- High blood pressure
- Abuse of drugs or alcohol
- Nerve damage
While the condition does make it difficult for a man to have sex, it does not mean that a man is unable to produce sperm to conceive a child. A man can produce healthy sperm even if he is impotent.
A man’s fertility describes his ability to produce quality sperm in quantities able to fertilize an egg. If a couple has tried to get pregnant for more than one year, they are deemed to be infertile and should seek medical treatment. In one of three cases, both the male and female partners are impacted by fertility issues. A number of things cause infertility in men, including:
- Treatment for cancer
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
- Abnormalities in the male reproductive organs
- Genetic issues
- Injury to the male reproductive organs
- Illness experienced as a child with a high temperature