Hidden cause of male infertility

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On AFA blog, Dr. Harry Fisch talked about a condition he sees frequently in his male patients which can be a stealth cause of infertility: urinary infections. They can be annoying for keeping a man up all night going to the bathroom, but far more serious is the infertility caused by the fast growing bacterial infection.

The signs of acute prostatitis are usually severe: chills, fever, fatigue, increased frequency of urination, intense burning during urination, and inability to empty the bladder. Acute prostatitis should be treated immediately. Scarring can develop from the infection which blocks the ejaculatory ducts, the tiny openings that allow sperm to mix with semen during ejaculation.

The problem is that a lot of men have very mild infections which produce subtle symptoms, or for some, no symptoms at all. Dr. Fisch discussed a recent study which showed that 32% of men who had no complaints at all showed signs of the infection. The study goes a long way to explaining how male infertility caused by this infection can go unnoticed and undiagnosed leaving struggling couples to wonder why they can’t conceive.

Luckily, it’s easily cleared up once identified. The medicine takes about two weeks to administer, could be as many as four to twelve depending on the severity. Dr. Fisch pointed out that bacteria in the prostate can be very difficult to kill so the doctor’s instructions must be followed exactly.

While prostatitis can be overlooked, once identified, it can be cured. If you are concerned, ask your doctor.

Source: AFA


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