What Is Sperm Retention?
Sperm retention is a condition where the male reproductive system fails to produce enough viable offspring after ejaculation. The term “retained” refers to the fact that some or all of the sperms are still present within the testicles. This is due to a failure in normal spermatogenesis (the production of new germ cells) which occurs during puberty.
The main cause of retained sperms is a lack of testosterone. Testosterone is essential for producing healthy offspring, because it helps the body’s natural immune system to fight off infection and cancerous cells. Without sufficient levels of testosterone, the testes do not produce enough testosterone to maintain proper functioning of the body’s systems. This results in reduced fertility and sterility in men.
How Long Does Sperm Retention Last?
Retained sperms will last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months depending upon how much testosterone is lacking. If there is no amount of testosterone present, then the sperms will eventually die out. However, if the level of testosterone is low, they may remain alive for years. Some studies have shown that even with high amounts of testosterone, retained sperms can live up to 10 years!
Can Sperm Retention Be Prevented?
No. Sperm retention is a congenital condition that cannot be prevented.
Is There Any Cure to Sperm Retention?
No. There is no cure for this condition. However, there are some medical treatments that can improve certain aspects of your fertility. For example, low testosterone therapy can increase your levels of testosterone and help your body produce more sperms. This results in more pregnancies and healthier children. Regular exercise has also been shown to increase fertility in males with low testosterone.
Does Sperm Retention Have Any Other Health Risks?
Yes. Sperm retention can lead to several other health issues. For example, men with low testosterone are more likely to develop heart disease and osteoporosis. Men with untreated retained sperms are also more susceptible to developing certain types of cancer, with 1 out of 3 sperms being cancerous.
Is There a Way to Improve Sperm Retention?
Yes. There are several options available for men with low testosterone and retained sperms. The most common treatment is testosterone replacement therapy, which can increase fertility and improve sexual drive and function. Another treatment option is in vitro spermatogenesis, which involves using hormone injections to help the testicles produce more sperms. Depending upon your condition, you may be a candidate for these treatments. Please consult your doctor to determine the best course of action in your particular case.
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