Written by Williams ABAH

Why more men are coming down with low sperm count – Fertility expert

The president, Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, AFRH, Adebayo Folorunsho Francis and a reproductive health expert, Ibrahim Wada, has alerted that men should be more careful with some social habits they indulge in.

According to him, certain social habit can lead to increasing their risk of coming down with low sperm count.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Folorunsho warned that social habits, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse and working in hot environments are possible factors leading to low sperm counts in men.

The AFRH president said that even though the roles played by these social habits are difficult to quantify, studies have shown that they negatively affect sperm production in men.

“We are talking about smoking, alcoholism, addiction or abuse of drugs and working in hot environments. These are the things that need to be talked about but the contributions and roles they play are uncertain and very difficult to quantify".

The reproductive expert also stated that infection is also a major factor for low sperm count in men.

In his words, "If a man had an infection of the testes called mumps, which is a viral infection, when he was young, it may destroy a part of the testes.

It means the man cannot produce enough sperms, thereby leading to low sperm count".

“In adult life, when a man becomes sexually active and contracts infections like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and other related sexually transmitted diseases, it may also destroy or affect parts of the testes".

He added that it may even block the tube where the sperms pass into the urethra during ejaculation.

He noted that people have gone sterile because of chromosomal abnormalities.

In his words, "you are a man and your chromosomes are not balanced, you are not capable of producing sperms like everyone else.”

He further disclosed that there are also people who are born with their testes held up in the abdominal wall.

He emphasised that the essence of raising such alarm was not to scare people but to give people a panoramic view of what might happen when there is a challenge with the testes.


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