Hormonal Balance and Male Infertility
The correct balance of hormones in a man’s body can determine the success of the male’s reproductive system. Male infertility can result if the body doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones, like testosterone or gonadotropins, which include the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and the luteinizing hormone (LH).
Nowadays there are many hormone treatments available, these treatments may include the intake of artificial hormones, or certain drugs which have been proven to help the body regulate its hormones. However, our bodies have a natural way to balance its hormones; however our life-style or daily habits may inhibit its ability to do so. It is therefore important to understand the way hormones work in our bodies, as well as what affects them, and what not having them balanced can do to us.
To start, let’s understand hormones and its relation to Male infertility.
Hormonal problems can be traced back to either the primary glands that produce the hormones or the glands that the hormones target. Some examples are: the Hypothalamus, Thyroid, Pituitary Glands, as well as Prostate and Testes.
Infertility can become an issue if only one of these glands were not to work properly because it can affect sperm production, or interfere in the production of the milky nourishing fluids that make up semen.
It is important to know that low sperm counts and sperm abnormalities may be caused by hormonal problems, anatomical problems, immunological problems or even environmental factors.
Some of the sperm-related abnormalities are: Oligozoosperima, Azoospermia, Teratozoospermia, and Asthenozoospermia and Teratozoospermia.
Oligozoosperima is when there are a low number of sperm in the semen, also known as low sperm count.
Azoospermia is when there are no sperm in the semen. In some cases, sperm is produced in the testes, but there is an obstruction or malfunction that prevents the sperm from being ejaculated.
Teratozoospermia is when sperm are misshapen in a way that limits their ability to fertilize the egg.
Finally, Asthenozoospermia is when sperm have poor or low motility (movement) which impedes their ability to swim well enough to reach the egg.
Sometimes genetic abnormalities can also reduce sperm production. Sperm can also be affected by the immune system which can result from traumas or infections.
Nevertheless, it is important to understand the hormones and its relation to the sperm-related abnormalities, as they may be treated in a natural way.
For instance, hormonal balance may be treated naturally. Our hormones should have a natural way to restore or balance its hormones. However, there are many life style options which can alter a body’s ability to produce or restore hormone levels. For instance, habits like drinking or smoking are contradictory. Furthermore, a bad diet (like one high in fats, or low in nutrients) greatly affects our endocrine system. It is therefore recommended that the person intakes a healthy balanced diets, rich in nutrients. Nowadays many supplements which can help our body balance its hormones are available in the market. For instance, Peruvian-Maca is a root, which is known to be rich in nutrients that aid the body to regulate its hormones. Besides good eating habits, moderate exercise is also recommended (especially cardiovascular exercise).