Low sperm count points to other health risks: Expert

Low sperm count points to other health risks: Expert

According to an international expert, male infertility points to larger underlying health problems. On Saturday, the expert will be speaking in Vancouver at a conference for fertility specialists.

According to Dr. Paul Turek, who runs clinics in San Francisco and Los Angeles, men are usually are unwilling to get medical help; however infertility might be a factor pushing them to see a doctor. He said that it is found that these men are less healthy compared to the average man for many reasons.

On Friday, he said in an interview over telephone from San Francisco, "Stress can affect your heart, it can affect your sex drive, it can affect your erection. But men aren't going to go in (to a doctor's office) if it affects their heart because they don't feel it".

He added that they come for treatment if they don't have good erections or a good sex drive. Turek said that men having low sperm counts are just unhealthier compared to men with normal sperm counts and men with infertility are likely to die sooner.

According to Turek, these days the impact of lifestyle choices is considered to be a cause of infertility. He said that they've written on hot tubs i.e. lowering sperm count through excessive heat, but without doubt social drug use, steroids medications and lots of other things can adversely affect fertility and, eventually, affect health.

Higher risk of prostate cancer in a number of studies has been associated with low or no sperm count. The reason behind this link is yet unknown. Mechanical causes of infertility are also associated with cardiac illness.

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