A new study upon nine thousand men who visited the fertility clinic seeking help in regard with infertility showed that the quality of sperm – their mobility, morphology- may be an indicator of other health problems.
It has long been believed that quality of semen was associated with age. However, recent studies show that it may not be age which is responsible for poor semen quality but something else.
The director of male reproductive medicine and surgery, Michael Eisenberg explained that they have found links between the production of semen and other health conditions that were not previously known. So, if there is a problem with the quality of semen there is probably a problem with the overall fitness of an individual.
Since reproductive fitness is indicator of overall fitness it may be helpful to evaluate all male patients in this regard as opposed to only those seeking assistance for infertility. In another words, infertility can be used as a warning that there may be another clinical condition that needs to be addressed.
Semen is actually a very sophisticated fluid that is produced and secreted by the prostate gland that sits under the urinary bladder. Another pair of gland that adds into the fluid is called as seminal vesicles. The basic purpose of semen is to provide the sperms with nutrition, keep them alive and thriving. Semen also contains neutralizers which enable sperms to propagate in harsh milieu of female reproductive tract. Not only that but it also posses enzymes that break the semen and liquefy it after fifteen minutes of release.
It was concluded in the online journal Fertility and Sterility, “A man’s health is strongly correlated with his semen quality. Given the high incidence of infertility, we need to take a broader view. As we treat men’s infertility, we should also assess their overall health. That visit to a fertility clinic represents a big opportunity to improve their treatment for other conditions, which we now suspect could actually help resolve the infertility they came in for in the first place.”