CAUSES – The most common cause of infertility in men is sperm disorders. This may be low sperm count or blocked ducts. A lack of ovulation or an impeded journey of the egg from the ovary to the uterus via the fallopian tubes in women causes infertility. Age can also be a factor in women.
TREATMENT – Sometimes surgery can correct the cause of the problem in men. Doctors can surgically remove sperm directly from the male reproductive tract. Some antibiotics can also be used to clear up infections affecting sperm count. Sometimes semen has no sperm due to a blockage in the man’s system. In some cases, surgery can correct the problem in women as well. There are some fertility drugs that will increase a woman’s chance of having twins, triplets, or other multiples.
PREVENTION – For women, they should not douche and after intercourse, they should remain supine for a few minutes. Men should avoid saunas, hot tubs, and close-fitting underwear. A bad cold or flu can depress a man’s sperm count for up to three months. They should try and stay healthy as much as possible.