While infertility is commonly attributed to women, the National Institute of Health estimates that 9% of men experience fertility problems (compared to 11% of women). Male infertility can have many causes, but one cause that is often overlooked is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
STDs and STIs are infections that are passed from one person to another, most often through unprotected intercourse. Many of these infections have no symptoms, or symptoms that are easily attributed to other causes. As a result, STDs and STIs can go untreated and cause damage to reproductive systems and cause infertility.
STD Infertility in Men
There are about 20 STDs and STIs, and each can have its own effect on male reproduction that can cause infertility. Most often, male infertility is related to sperm quality or sperm count.
- Hepatitis B and C: These infections of the liver can decrease semen volume, pH, count, and morphology.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): This infection causes the body to attack its own immune system. It can cause infertility by reducing semen volume, motility, count, and morphology, as well as erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction.
- Chlamydia: This causes male infertility by lowering sperm motility.
- Gonorrhea: This STI can cause scarring and blockages in testicle tubes, which impairs sperm production.
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