Articles on infertility

Preserve Fertility to Ward-Off Infertility Treatment

Dr. Bhavatej Enganti, Urologist
They best way to avoid an infertility treatment is to protect your fertility. Infertility is the newest form of epidemic that is estimated to trouble one out of every six couples. Infertility problems do not surface until a couple tries to conceive. It is important to know about the reasons behind infertility and the ways to prevent it. This will help you shun the chances of going for a infertility treatment in future.Here are some tips that can help prevent infertilityMinimize the exposure to chemicals – Chemicals like Ovotoxicant, Endocrin Disraptors, Pthalates, VCH, PAH that are mostly present in cigarettes, car fumes, road tar, pesticides, plastic food containers etc. These are responsible for hormonal imbalance, ovulation malfunction, miscarriages, PCOS, endometriosis etc in women.Pesticides (found in non-organic food and unfiltered water), Formaldehyde (found in floor polishes, air fresheners, deodorants etc), Bisphenols (found in plastic containers, dry-cleaning chemicals, paint fumes, petroleum based liquids found in household products etc. are especially harmful for men.Stay away from unfiltered water – The water for daily use is open to all types of contamination. Hence, a duel filtration system is mandatory both for the kitchen and the shower. Yes, in the shower as well, as the chemical may seep in through your skin or respiratory system while bathing.Stick to a fertility diet –Add nuts, vegetables, seasonal fruits (all organic stuff), seeds, grains, legumes (not canned), organic meat, sea fishes etc to your platter. Cook food in olive oil, clarified butter (ghee) and for all non-heated oil requirements use flaxseed oil, nut or olive oil. Stay away from animal estrogen and the dangerous Trans fats found in doughnuts, candies, fries, pies, chocolates, chips etc.Get checked for STD– The preconception schedule must begin with a thorough check up for STDs in both partners. Chlamydia is the most common form of STD that cause sperm abnormalities and develops sperm antibodies in men. In women it may cause scarring, miscarriages and blocked Fallopian tubes.Follow a prescribed preconception plan – We often do not understand that sperm cells and eggs needs time to mature. Hence, it is important to follow a proper preconception plan for at least 4 months before you try to conceive. This will allow improving the quality of both the sperm and eggs and ensuring the embryo they form is healthy.Say not to addictions– Unhealthy addictions can harm the fertility in both genders to a great extent. An extended study revealed that 2-3 cups of coffee daily can bring down women fertility rate to nearly zero. They are twice more prone to miscarriages.Cigarettes, alcohol and drugs may bring down the sperm count and motility rate in men to a great extent. Hence, if you are planning a family, stay really far from your addictions.Ask your doctor for pregnancy and pre-conception supplements– No matter how healthy are your platter; your body is not likely to get all the required nutrients needed for the proper growth of your baby. To ensure that you have a successful and healthy pregnancy, pregnancy and pre-conception supplements are mandatory. These supplements prepare your body to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.These tips will help you boost your fertility naturally and restrain yourself from seeking infertility treatment in future. Still have doubt? Get in touch with your fertility expert to know more about preserving and boosting your fertility.

Smoking and Infertility

Dr. Sonu Balhara Ahlawat, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
•Available data indicate that up to 13% of infertility may be attributable to cigarette smoking.•Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by 1 to 4 years.•Evidence indicates that semen parameters and results of sperm function tests are 22% poorer in smokers than in nonsmokers and the effects are dose-dependent, but smoking has not yet been conclusively shown to reduce male fertility.•Smoking is associated with increased risks of spontaneous abortion and ectopic pregnancy.•Gamete mutagenesis is one possible mechanism whereby smoking may adversely affect fecundity and reproductive performance.•Smokers require nearly twice the number of IVF attempts to conceive as nonsmokers.•Nonsmokers with excessive exposure to tobacco smoke may have reproductive consequences as great as those observed in smokers.•Cessation of smoking can be facilitated by providing education, monitoring, and consistent individualized support.                                                                                                                                                                        Source - https://www.asrm.org/FullAccess/

Watch Out for These Infertility Symptoms

Dr. Swetha Thumula, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
Am I infertile? This is the toughest question that some of us have to face while we try to conceive. Infertility cannot be identified until a couple tries to have a baby. Though it is mostly associated with women, male infertility is equally common. If you are trying to have a baby (having unprotected sex) for over a year without success, you may be suffering from infertility. Women over 35 need to see a doctor if they fail to conceive after six months of trying. Younger women may wait for a year or so before they seek professional help. However, seeing a doctor earlier makes solutions easier. Here are some infertility symptoms that you may help you to identify your problem.Some prominent infertility symptoms in womenInfertility symptoms greatly vary as they depend upon the causes. Here are some common infertility symptoms in women.Unusual heavy or light menstrual bleedingIrregular period; the number of days varies every monthNo period at all or excessive pain during periodsChange in sex driveLoss or thinning of hairSudden change in hair colour or acneAbnormal hair growth over the lips, on the chin, on the chestSudden weight gainPainful intercourseMilky discharge from the nipples that is not relevant to breast feedingSome prominent infertility symptoms in menA large number of men still don’t believe that too can have infertility issues. However, if you see any of these symptoms happening to you, it is time to see your doctor. These might be some infertility symptoms.Sudden thinning of hair leading to baldingChange in sex driveLumps or pain in testiclesSmall and hard testiclesErectile dysfunction of ejaculatory disorderIf you find any of these infertility symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Fertility treatments yield better results if they are started earlier.

Thyroid and Female Infertility

Dr. Swetha Thumula, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
Over a million people across the world suffer from thyroid problems. In most cases people take thyroid issues very casually. This is because people are unaware of the fact, that thyroid can be the reason behind other serious ailments. Most women undergoing treatment for female infertility have been diagnosed with severe thyroid malfunctionality. If thyroid goes untreated, it can become the greatest reason behind infertility in both men and women.The cellular functions in our body are regulated by the thyroid hormones. The abnormality in these hormones may lead to infertility in both sexes and recurrent miscarriages in women. The Indian Thyroid Society has the opinion that nearly 70 percent of the women suffering from PMS or premenstrual syndromes are diagnosed to suffer from low thyroid levels. The low level of thyroid hormones reduces the production of progesterone giving rise to PMS symptoms in women. This has lead to thyroid testing become an integral part of the treatment for female infertility.Hypothyroidism or under active thyroid glands that does not produce enough hormones, has been directly linked to female fertility. The low level of thyroids intervenes with ovulation and cause infertility. Moreover, hypothyroidism may also cause autoimmune or pituitary disorders and give rise to infertility in women. Standard thyroid test may not always also detect the low level of ovarian tissues. Special detection methods as the part of treatment for female fertility are required to detect whether thyroid is causing infertility or not.Symptoms of Thyroid AbnormalitiesWeight gainFatigueConstipationMuscle and joint paintsIrregular or abnormal periodsSleeplessnessSkin drynessHair may become thin and coarseEyebrows may shed and nails might become brittleWomen enduring these symptoms must get in touch with a doctor and go for TSH. However, hypothyroidism can be controlled with thyroid supplements that can restore fertility. It is advisable to keep monitoring the thyroid levels at regular intervals and continue the prescribed medication. This is important even you are considering a treatment for female infertility.Tips to overcome thyroid problems:Losing weight and lowering the level of stress30 minutes daily walk and avoiding elevatorsConsulting doctor immediately if any of the above mentioned symptoms are felt or seenA healthy and active lifestyle, balanced diet and regular checkups will keep your thyroids glands performing well.

Infertility Factors in Males and Females

Dr. Kaushal Kadam, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
In medical terms, infertility is referred to as a woman’s inability to conceive, even after a year of unprotected intercourse. Although infertility is considered to be a concern often associated with women, not many people know that male-related infertility accounts for one-third of the cases. Studies also indicate that the infertility cause remains unidentified in 25% of couples planning to have a baby.Here are some common and not-so-common factors of female and male infertility:Infertility in WomenCommon Factors·      Tubal Disease – damage or blockage of the Fallopian tubes.·      Ovulatory dysfunction or an ovulation – egg is not released from the ovary every month.·      Endometriosis – affects the function of the Fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries.·      Uterine or cervical abnormalities – abnormalities in the shape or cavity of the uterus or problems with the opening/closing of the cervix.·      Gynecological problems - previous ectopic pregnancy or more than one miscarriage.Less Common Factors·      Premature menopause·      Use of medications that induce temporary infertility·      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)·      Absence of menstruationInfertility in MenCommon Factors·      Low sperm count or quality·      Problems with the delivery of sperm·      Erectile dysfunction·      Premature ejaculationLess Common Factors·      Inflammation of testes (Orchitis)·      Blocked testicle(s)·      Any drug treatment or exposure to chemotherapy, saunas or hot tubsSome common factors which can lead to infertility issues in both men and women are:·      Genetic abnormalities·      Lifestyle factors such as being overweight, stress, smoking, drugs or contact with/ingestion of harmful chemicals.·      Medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and thyroid (mostly in women).·      Age-related infertility - though it affects females more (after the age of 35), males suffer from it too.Medical tests could help to determine the actual cause of infertility, and artificial treatment options available to the couple thereafter.

Vitamin Therapy for Infertility

Dr. Swetha Thumula, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
‘Vitamins keep us healthy’, is a perpetual fact. But how many of us actually know that vitamins can also make us fertile and productive? Vitamins are very closely associated with human fertility. People dining on more of these nutrients are generally more fertile than those who succumb to taste than health.Now, let’s have a closer look on how these nutrients can pave our way towards aspiring fruitful parenthood.Vitamin D – According to a research conducted in 2008, men suffering from infertility were also found to have vitamin D deficiency. According to Dr. Anna Clarke, a fertility expert and the lead researcher in conducting the study, vitamin D was always very closely associated with female infertility but this study revealed that this nutrient was equally needed for fathers-to-be.A screening was done with 100 men, who were asked to change their lifestyle for good. They quit smoking, kept off from alcohol and caffeine, lost weight and consumed a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. 11 of them were able to impregnate their partners naturally without any treatment.In another research conducted in 2009, revealed that there are Vitamin D receptors in human sperms. Vitamin D is locally present in the human sperm and may be responsible for signalling the cells in the human reproductiveVitamin C – It was also proved that 1000 mg of Vitamin C intake daily improves the sperm quality, motility and morphology and thereby increasing the chance of natural conception.Vitamins E and B12 – These have been found very useful for a better sperm motility rate. A study published in Archives of Andrology supports the fact as well.Zinc – Men suffering from lower testosterone level saw a significant improvement after taking properly diagnosed doses of zinc for up to six weeks. Most of their female partners got pregnant naturally during the course.Antioxidants – In a research conducted at the University of Portsmouth, a bowl of tomato soup, rich in Lycopene, consumed daily can increase male fertility up to 12 percent. The antioxidants are found to remove the free radicals that adversely affect fertility in men.People intending on natural conception must include lots of fruits, nuts and cereals in their daily diet. However, in spite of eating healthy and leading a disciplined life, couples may have infertility issues. See a fertility specialist to know the actual reason behind your infertility and find a solution to overcome it.

Endometriosis and Infertility

Dr. Sujoy Dasgupta, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
When couples start their family, they have many dreams. Subsequently many of them, if not all, plan to extend their family to give a sense of accomplishment. That is a journey from being couples to being parents. But unfortunately, in some couples the journey is not smooth and some of them have to struggle a lot for it. Yes, you are right. We are talking about difficulty to conceive, popularly known as “Infertility”.To achieve successful pregnancy, there must be production of sperms, transport of them and proper deposition of them into the vagina by the male partner. In female partner, the deposited perms must travel through vagina and uterus to reach the Fallopian tubes (the tubes that are attached to the both sides of the uterus) where the sperms must meet the egg (ovum). The ovum is produced by the ovary and released into the abdomen at the time of ovulation (rupture of the surface of ovary to release the ovum). That ovum must be taken by the tube and thus inside the tube an embryo (earliest form of the baby) is formed, which then travels through the tube into the uterus and the uterus attaches the embryo firmly with it and thus the pregnancy starts. So, if there is defect in any one of them there will be difficulty in achieving pregnancy.Perhaps you have heard that infertility may be due to problems in male (defect in production, transport or deposition of sperms) or female (defect in ovaries or ovulation, bock in the tubes and defects in the uterus). But sometimes there may be more than one problems in either of the couples or apparently no reason is found (everything is normal, so pregnancy depends on chance factor). To clarify the latter, in normal healthy couples with regular unprotected timely intercourse, the chance of pregnancy in one menstrual cycle is only 15%, so it may be matter of time for some couples to conceive. But another important reason for infertility in female is endometriosis.What is endometriosis?Endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. It responds to hormones secreted by the ovaries during normal menstrual cycle. It tends to thicken from the time of ovulation (as described above) and if pregnancy occurs, it continues to grow and supports the embryo to help in continuing pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, it is shed off outside the body and is seen as “menstrual Bleeding” or “Period”. Unfortunately in some women, the endometrium may be present outside the normal position. That condition is called endometriosis. It is commonly present around the ovaries, tubes, surrounding the uterus (outside normal lining) but may be present anywhere in the body (even in lungs, urinary system and rectum). As this endometrium (outside the uterus lining) also responds to the hormones in the same way as normal endometrium (that lines the uterus), there will be bleeding around this abnormal endometrium at the time of menstruation. But this bleeding, unlike normal menstrual bleeding cannot come outside the body and so the blood accumulates and forms a chocolate coloured material (old blood is chocolate coloured) and leads to adhesion between organs. Adhesion is a condition where different organs of our body attaches abnormally with each other leading to various problems. Sometimes this chocolate coloured blood may be surrounded by a membrane formed by body tissue and is then called “Chocolate Cyst” that is found around the ovaries.What is the reason for endometriosis?Unfortunately, despite extensive research throughout the world, the reason for endometriosis is not known. It is said to be due to some genetic factors or some environmental factors. Sometimes, delaying pregnancy is stated as the reason. In some women, however, it is caused by backward flow of menstrual blood (that enters into the tubes during menstruation). Usually these women have abnormal development of uterus (problems in uterus since birth), so that all the menstrual blood cannot come outside the body)What is the problem with endometriosis?Endometriosis usually causes pain. The pain may be long standing and usually occurs at the time of periods (dysmenorrhoea) or sometimes even between periods. The nature and site of pain depends on where it is located. If it is located very deep inside abdomen, it can cause pain during sexual intercourse (dysparaeunia). In some cases there may be pai duing passing urine or stool or bleeding during urination or with stool.In around 50% cases, it can cause infertility. The cause of infertility is not always properly understood. But it has been seen that endometriosis can cause adhesion and thus can makes it difficult for the Fallopian tubes to pick up the ovum from the ovaries. Apart from this pain during intercourse often makes the woman avoid intercourse. In addition it can interfere with ovulation, sperm transport, meeting between sperms and eggs and also the process of attachment of uterus with the embryo.However, endometriosis does not always cause pain or infertility. In some women, there may be both pain and infertility, some women only one symptom and in some women no symptom is found but endometriosis is discovered accidentally during treatment for other purpose (like during laparoscopy for appendicitis or during Caesarean Section).How endometriosis is diagnosed?Endometriosis is suspected by history of pain or infertility and examination findings. Like some women may have pain during examination of abdomen or vagina by doctors, even sometimes vaginal ultrasound causes pain. In ultrasonography (or sometimes CT scan is done) there may be presence of cysts or adhesion can be detected. But the “Gold standard” of diagnosis is laparoscopy. It is an operation where (“Microsurgery”), making a small opening in the abdomen under anaesthesia, a telescope is introduced and the area is seen through camera in a television monitor. At that time the chocolate cysts, adhesions and condition of the organs can be seen and diagnosed and if there is any doubt, biopsy can be taken. But in all cases, laparoscopy is not needed and treatment is started after the doctors presume the diagnosis by history from the patients, examination and the ultrasonography reports.Endometriosis is a peculiar condition in the sense that women with severe endometriosis may not have any symptoms, while women with very mild disease may have severe pain or infertility.How endometriosis is treated, in general?As mentioned earlier, endometriosis does not always cause symptoms and so, it does not always need treatment. The common reason for treatment is presence of pain and infertility. Endometriosis-related pain is usually treated by medicines or sometimes by surgery. Before surgery, usually medicines are given to reduce the size and to reduce the blood loss during surgery. All these medicines can cause hormonal imbalance and thus deprives the endometriosis tissues of hormonal stimulation and thus reduces pain. As a result, during the treatment, patients usually cannot conceive because of this intentional hormonal deprivation. Unfortunately after stoppage of medicines, often the symptoms of pain come back.Surgery for endometriosis is usually done under laparoscopy but it needs properly trained and skilled surgeons to do these operations. Operations can range from “minor” (like separating the adhesions, draining the chocolate colored fluid) and “major” (like removing the cyst or removing major organs). The surgery has the advantage over medicines is that it confirms the diagnosis and removes the diseased tissues. But there are problems with risks related to anaesthesia and surgery. In particular, there is risk of injury to intestine and urinary tracts, even with the best hands, that may increase patient’s sufferings. Apart from this, even after surgery, the disease can come back again after few months or years.What is the cure for endometriosis?Only cure for endometriosis is total deprivation of hormones. That is possible if the woman attains menopause (permanent cessation of menses). This is possible by natural way (around 45-50 years of age when menses cease permanently) or by operations to remove the ovaries and uterus. Another simpler way is achieving pregnancy, as usually after pregnancy most endometriosis patients feel better in relation to pain.What happens if it is not treated?Endometriosis is not like cancer. It is not life threatening usually. That means it will make you suffer in the worst way by causing severe pain and infertility but cannot endanger your life. So, you can have the options of not treating it, even if you have the symptoms. And of course, if you do not have symptoms, endometriosis may not require any treatment.What is the treatment for endometriosis with infertility?First of all, you have to make sure that you have difficulty in conception (that means you have given sufficient time to attempt but failed). Then we have to see whether there is any pain or other problems and what the condition of the disease by examination or ultrasonography is. We also have to look for any additional problems like problems in male partner, problems in uterus or ovaries or the hormones (like FSH, LH, prolactin, thyroid etc).Then we have to plan the treatment. As there is no hard and fast rule, your doctor will explain you the options for you and you can decide what suits you the most, after judging merits and demerits of every option.You may choose directly for surgery. In that case, you may be offered medicines for 2-3 months before surgery to make surgery safer for you and easier for the surgeon. The extent of surgery varies, depending on the disease status and your opinion. Remember, your opinion is important. You can choose for extensive operation (that may mean removal of both the tubes, that may be needed in advanced disease, leaving only option for IVF for pregnancy in future) or only diagnosis (just introducing the telescope and see) or minor operations (like separation of adhesions or removal of the cysts), after judging the merits and demerits of each options. But remember, you should not have any medicines for endometriosis after operation as most of the medicines (with some exceptions) interfere with pregnancy. This is, because, after operation is the best time to conceive and that time gives you the highest chance for pregnancy. If natural conception (or 1. ovulation induction- giving medicines to stimulate growth of your eggs, or 2. IUI- inserting your husband’s sperms by special process inside your uterus) does not occur within 12 months after operation, that’s probably the best time to consider IVF (“Test tube baby”). Of course, if you had extensive surgery or have advanced age (more than 35 usually), your doctor may advise you to go for IVF directly after operation without wasting the time.You can opt for trial of treatment by medicines. You must know why I have used the word “Trial”. This is because, during medicine treatment, you cannot conceive. But you will be seen after 2-3 months to see if the disease has disappeared or decreased in size significantly. If this is the case, you can start infertility treatment (Ovulation Induction or IUI or IVF in some cases) directly. But if the disease did not respond to medicines by this time, you may need surgery, the extent of which has been described above.You also have the options of not treating endometriosis at all. In that case, you can request your doctor to start infertility treatment directly. But remember, endometriosis (even treated endometriosis- after medicines or surgery) can interfere with any form of infertility treatment. It can lead to decreased response to medicines used for ovulation induction, thus reducing success rate(normal success rate is 20-25% in a menstrual cycle- that is without endometriosis). It can lead to low success rate after IUI (normal success rate is 25-30% in a menstrual cycle). Even with IVF (where normal success rate is 40-50% per cycle of IVF), the effectiveness of IVF may be reduced in presence of endometriosis.What if I do not go for any treatment at all?Infertility is a peculiar thing. Very few men or women are absolutely infertile. That means they do not have ability to achieve pregnancy naturally. Majority of them are subfertile. That means most of them have lower than normal chance (compared to healthy couples) to achieve pregnancy in a normal menstrual cycle. Often we find that patients planning for treatment and in the mean time, they conceive naturally. That means even without treatment, there is some chance of pregnancy. But that chance decreases in presence of any disease (like endometriosis) or increased age. And of course, nobody usually relies on chance. But the important message is that do not forget to have regular sexual intercourse eve if you are awaiting any test or endometriosis treatment. Of course, it’s stressful situation for both the partners. Stress affects conjugal relationships and lead to many couples avoiding conjugal life. Indeed stress can affect the hormone levels in females and affects sexual performances in males. It’s easier for us to advise you to stay stress-free but is difficult to practice. Nevertheless, try relaxation as much as possible. Think that majority of the couples ultimately conceive by some form of treatment. Have faith in yourself and have faith in your doctor.

Beja Sanskar an Ayurved Remedy for Abortions and Infertility

Dr. Yogesh Joshi, Ayurveda
Every person has a unique Constitution. The constitution is created when a sperm unites with the female ovum. The status of 5 basic elements and 3 Doshas in the nature, in the uterus, in the sperm and ovum and the body of mother, plays an important role in defining the constitution of a person. That is why the constitution is never changed and it reflects in ones mind and body. This reflects in formation of body elements and psychological structure of the person.Constitutional Analysis gives you the clear picture of you Body ConstitutionDosa prakruti-% of Vatta, Pitta & Kapha in the body.Dhatusarata - % of dominancy of elements in the body-( Lymph, Blood, Muscle,Fat, Bone marrow and shukra dhatu)Manas Prakruti- It gives perfect analysis of the psychological analysis of the person.Our body is a complicated machine. It is completely dependent on the nature for its nourishment. As we work daily and do our daily routine , our body elements have to face wear and tear. This wear and tear is to be replaced by good quality and quantity of the body elements. If these body elements replaced by good quality and quantity the our body becomes healthy and no week loops are left in our body. But if these body elements are not replaced by good quality and quantity week loops are left in our body and that part starts creating stress in our body. This is the start of stress.Our body consists of 7basic body elements:-Rasa(Lymph)Rakta(Blood)Mausa(Muscle)Meda(Fat)Asthi(Bone)Majja(Bone marrow)Shukra.We have different factories in our body to create these elements. Each factory has to be provided with good raw material to produce the good product. All the process in the factory should run in proper manner. Proper energy should be provided to each part of the factory to run the mechanism in proper way and all the waste products should be thrown out after the formation of the good product. If this process of formation of all elements is in proper way then only the healthy product is formed and when it is supplied to the proper place by proper way then only the body gets nourished in proper manner. If there is any problem in the process coordination between 5 basic elements, 3 doshas, 7 body elements& Agni is disturbed and our body starts generating stress in the body. As body and mind are related to each other stress effects on both mind and body and along with this soul is also affected. It is also seen that if mind is disturbed then it affects body and souls and if soul is disturbed if affects mind and body.By finding a correct cause and a place where the mechanism is disturbed , stress can be controlled and this is the basic principle of Ayurveda treatment and analysis to control the stress.Factors affecting infertility and recurrent abortions taking:-Hormonal ImbalanceStressFamily history.Diet .Past illness .Physical relation ship.History of celibacy.Addictions.Work history.Education.Life styleA structured program for Bejasanskar for expecting couples – Duration – 3 months to correct the body elements.It includes-2 sessions every week of 75 to 90 minsThe sessions are based on Yoga, Meditation and Live music therapy. These sessions helps the couple for mind detoxification and body mind coordination, mind & body strengthening and regulation of hormones.Body detoxification program – shodhan bypanchakarma- It is to be decided by the Associated Ayurved Doctor  which type of procedure should the couple should under go for shodhana.Rasayan Chikitsa – 21 daysVajikaran chikitsa – 21 days.

Does Masturbation Cause Male Infertility?

Dr. Bhavatej Enganti, Urologist
Does masturbation causes infertility in men? The simple answer to this is ‘No’. Masturbation is referred to the stimulation of own genitals for sexual arousal. This in no way can hinder the changes of fathering children. However, if a couple is planning to have a baby, the male partner, needs to restrict his masturbation. This is because masturbation in men leads to ejaculation and if you are planning a baby, you must converse your sperms to impregnate your partner.When a man masturbates till completion, he ends up ejaculating the semen. For a man who masturbates more often will obviously have lower volume of semen in his ejaculate compared to men who don’t. Masturbating quite often will bring down the quantity of semen per ejaculate and you will have to wait for a certain time period till it is restored. Moreover, masturbating may make you feel tired and drained out and you might lose energy and urge of having an intercourse.There has been a lot of research on the topic of masturbation and its relation with male infertility. These studies came back with mixed results, with data on both sides of the fence. Some suggested that men should refrain from masturbating if he wants to get a woman pregnant. But most of them voiced that masturbation can in no way make a man infertile.Another very common myth associated with male masturbation is that it causes erectile dysfunction in men. This is far from being true. Masturbating cannot cause erectile dysfunctions. However, men who are habituated with continuous self-pleasure may sometime find it difficult to attain orgasm with his partner. This may lead to some problems when it comes to starting a family and having a baby.To conclude, it is not true that masturbation leads to infertility in men. But frequent masturbation may lead to problem related to conception. Limiting self-pleasure can do a lot to sort out these problems. But if the problem persists and you cannot get your partner pregnant even after you have refrained from masturbating; get in touch with your fertility expert without any further delay.