9 possible causes of male infertility, explained

by Louella Berryman |

In so many conversations around infertility, it's often forgotten that in up to a third of infertility cases the issues lie with the man.

Male infertility is usually caused by low sperm count and mobility, but there are all sorts of possible reasons why your partner might be struggling with fertility issues.

How common is male infertility?

More common than you'd think - around one in twenty men have a low sperm count. If you think this might be you, there are plenty of ways you can increase your sperm count and improve your chances when trying for a baby.

There are many factors that could contribute to male infertility, from lifestyle choices (like a few too many nights at the pub) to genetic issues like chromosomal abnormalities.

9 possible causes of male infertility

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1) Smoking

Your partner kicking the habit can really increase your chances of getting pregnant. Research has shown that smoking reduces the quality of his sperm, causes lower sperm count and affects the sperms swimming patterns. All of this can make it much more difficult to conceive!

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