Thursday, January 7, 2016

Steroids can cause Male Infertility

Male infertility is sole contributing reason for the couple’s failure to conceive. 1 in every 3 men is suffering from infertility problem.Infertility is not “just a female problem” as there is a male infertility component in approximately 50% of couples.

Anabolic Steroids (Steroids) are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone. If used consistently from a young age they can be detrimental to the users health because they upset the body's hormonal balance.Anabolic Steroids are known to have a variety of harmful side effects, are out of bounds for athletes and users are required to only take them under prescription of a medical doctor. Yet many people take them for the short term benefits they provide - for athletes to improve performance or to enhance physical appearance.

These drugs are often sold on the black market and because their short term benefits are so attractive users tend to ignore the dangerous and possible long term side effects. Users do not consider the effects these substances may have on their fertility health.

Due to unavailability of appropriate diagnosis and analysis methods the actual reason behind infertility left unnoticed. But now the advancement of medical science has made it possible to know the exact reason and cure of infertility. It has been observed that Male infertility is sole contributing reason for the couple’s failure to conceive and approximately 1 in every 3 men is having infertility problem more or less. There has been rapid increase seen in number of childless couples, deprived of parenthood just because the male partner is incapable of making woman pregnant due to infertility. Infertility as the failure of a couple to become pregnant after one year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.

Generally this kind of problem occurs due to less count and degeneration of sperm which is ideally required for pregnancy. In such cases the sperm can’t reach inside the fallopian tube, hence female partner gets unable to conceive in spite of countless attempts. The major reason behind this problem is Male Infertility.

There are various factors which leads Male to Infertility, the prime reason is smoking and excess drinking. In most instances the young boys start taking steroids and medicines in order to have good physique due to which they have to suffer from infertility problem in later age. Much Physical exercise and starvation for the sake of dieting is also a cause which affects male fertility. The rapidly increasing Tension & Depression among youngsters and moreover Pollution, Anemia due to sedentary lifestyle are much contributing to the causes of male Infertility. The most complicated condition related with infertility is when the sperm doesn’t generate in semen. That condition is called Azoospermia. Approximately 1% percent male population is affected by this problem in India.
The Couple suffering from Infertility problem has to go through physical as well as mental stress. As most often either the sperm count is less or motility of the sperm is very low. Hence sperms are incapable of fertilizing the female partner’s egg. But now the science and technology has made the impossible come possible. There are promising solutions available for couples having such medical condition.

Now there are various treatments available helpful in overcoming the infertility. Oligospermia is the condition when sperm count is very less and Azoospermia is defined as entire absence of sperm in semen sample. With Azoospermia, a man produces no sperm in his ejaculate, giving him a zero sperm count. Azoospermia can result from a problem with sperm production or sperm delivery. It is diagnosed by semen analysis. Semen sample is required for performing the analysis, which is done to measure the count, size and activity of sperms.

There are number of men whose sperm count is zero. The common conditions that cause Azoospermia are hormonal misbalance, Injury, Testicular failure or infection. In some condition sperms are occurring in testes but unable to come out in semen due to obstruction in the vast.
Varicocele is also one of the reasons behind non development of sperm which can be cured through surgery. Few years ago those men without sperm or less sperm, didn’t have any option. He could not father a child of his own naturally.

He had to either use donor’s sperm or would adopt a child. Now, through incredible Stem Cell Technology advancement of medical science it has become possible to produce sperm in laboratory. Sperms are produced in laboratory by using the stem cells of the patient, then fertilized with egg and transplanted in the ovary through In Vitro fertilization. This is how the female partner may get pregnant.

Men with Azoospermia have a number of approaches available with them. Basically individual factors need to be considered for the choice of treatment. Treatment with Stem Cell Therapy promises much hope for the future.

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