Low sperm count can be a short-term or a chronic problem for many. Hypospermia is a case of low semen volume and it is one of the common conditions that is associated with male infertility. According to The World Health Organization it is a condition when an individual produces less than 1.5 ml during an ejaculation.
What can Hypospermia Mean in the Long Run?
Hypospermia is often a symptom of other diseases like oligospermia, cryptozoospermia and Necrozoospermia. These are conditions that affect a man’s ability to release or manufacture healthy sperm. Hypospermia is also associated with Prostatitis (swelling of the prostate gland).
Causes of Hypospermia
There are many causes of hypospermia. One of the main pathological reasons for hypospermia is retrograde ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation is the condition where instead of flowing through the urethra during ejaculation, sperm enters the bladder. Congenital causes for hypospermia include the absence of seminal vesicles, important organs in semen production.
Certain infections can also cause an obstruction in the ejaculatory ducts, reducing the flow of semen. A period of abstinence can also cause hypospermia. Patients who have undergone bladder neck surgery have also experienced hypospermia. Hormonal imbalance such as the low testosterone production also results in reduced sperm count, which in extreme cases can become hypospermia.
The Lifestyle Causes of Hypospermia
Hypospermia, along with associated diseases, can also be attributed to certain lifestyle choices such as:
- Alcohol consumption causes hormonal imbalances and can kill cells in the testes
- Smoking also introduces toxins that damage body cells and DNA (low motility of sperm)
- Unhealthy diet (Folate and Vitamin B deficiency is related to DNA damage in sperm)
How to Fix Hypospermia?
Causes of Hypospermia can be addressed medically and through changes in lifestyle habits. Reduced alcohol consumption and smoking will reverse the damage done. It is recommended that affected individuals get a full diagnosis from a specialist to understand the problem wholly.
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