Male infertility is a vast topic as there’s such a wide range of potential causes. You might be surprised to hear that certain exercises or exercise habits can have an impact on your fertility. Here’s what you should know about the relationship between exercise and male fertility. 

How Exercise Impacts Your Fertility

Certain exercises that generate a great deal of heat around the testicles can be harmful to your fertility. Hot yoga, for example, a style of yoga that’s typically performed in humid conditions can create an excess of heat in the testes that can reduce your sperm count. 

Exercising intensively or competitively can also make you less fertile. Exercising intensively has been linked to an increase in free radicals which can decrease sperm count. 

This is not to say that you should not exercise at all. In fact, someone who is incredibly sedentary and doesn’t exercise at all is more likely to have a much lower sperm count than someone who does exercise. One of the best things you can do for your fertility as well as your overall health is to take a balanced approach to physical exercise. 

Like most things in life, you should exercise in moderation. The key is to exercise at a healthy pace without overtaxing your body or generating too much heat and subsequently decimating your sperm count.

Schedule an Appointment and Meet the Fertility Experts at Z Urology

If you’re concerned about how exercise could be affecting your fertility, you should have a chat with one of the experts at Z Urology in Fort Lauderdale. Male infertility can be a struggle, but in many cases, it can be treated quite easily with the help of a knowledgeable urologist. 

Need treatment for male infertility in South Florida? Call Z Urology and schedule an appointment!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dr. Mike Zahalsky Offers Insights on Male Infertility on Recent Podcast

Dr. Mike Zahalsky Offers Insights on Male Infertility on Recent Podcast

Male infertility is a serious urological problem that makes drives many men to a state of depression. Dr. Mike Zahalsky, the founder of Z Urology had a chat with the Brandwein Institute for Nutrition & Wellness while taking the time to offer valuable insights on male infertility. 

Dr. Zahalsky Explains the Relationship Between Testosterone and Male Infertility

During the podcast, Dr. Zahalsky indicated that testosterone treatment can actually reduce male fertility. As it turns out, testosterone treatment can diminish sperm production which of course contributes to infertility issues. 

It’s best to encourage sperm production within the testes by facilitating natural testosterone levels in the testes. You should know that a low testosterone level doesn’t actually have much of an impact on fertility. That’s because the testosterone levels within the testes are always much higher than it is in the blood. 

Testosterone treatment is generally detrimental to natural sperm production because the treatment diminishes one of the hormones that are responsible for producing sperm. The good news is, that diminished sperm count resulting from testosterone treatment is reversible. 

Dr. Zahalsky went on to explain that testosterone therapy discourages the body from producing its own sperm. When you’re receiving testosterone therapy, your testes can stop making their own testosterone which can make you infertile. 

Another thing to think about is how your diet can affect your sperm count. Sperm count averages have been decreasing at a steady rate as a result of the same poor diet that is driving obesity levels through the roof. If you’re interested in learning more about the links between diet, testosterone therapy, and male infertility, check out the podcast! 

Fight Back Against Male Infertility with Z Urology

Male infertility is a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Dr. Mike Zahalsky’s team at Z Urology has the tools and expertise to treat infertility. Whether you’re struggling with infertility or andropause, we can help.

Interested in male fertility treatment in Fort Lauderdale? Call Z Urology and make an appointment!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Let Z Urology Solve Your Male Infertility Issues

Let Z Urology Solve Your Male Infertility Issues

When it comes to male sexual health, one of the biggest issues that we deal with and help in solving is the issue of male infertility. This can be an embarrassing and difficult subject for some men. All throughout time, men were judged and based on their fertility, and ability to create children. This is true of many cultures all around the world.

Male infertility is any condition in which the man adversely affects the chances of initiating a pregnancy with his female partner. These issues are most common when the man is unable to produce or deliver fully-functioning sperm.

Most do not know, that male infertility is a significant factor in about 40% of couples who have infertility problems.

Common factors in male infertility are:

  • Sperm disorders. Sperm may be underdeveloped, abnormally shaped or unable to move properly. They may also be produced in abnormally low numbers or seemingly not at all. (Sperm disorders are the most common problems of male infertility.)
  • Varicoceles. Dilated scrotal veins that impair sperm development by preventing proper drainage of blood.
  • Retrograde ejaculation. Occurs when semen pushes backwards into the bladder instead of out of the penis due to a failure of nerves and muscles in the bladder neck.
  • Immunologic infertility. Antibodies attack sperm and prevent their normal movement and functioning. The causes for this may include testicular trauma, testicular infection, large varicoceles or testicular surgery.
  • Obstruction. Repeated infections, prior surgery, inflammation or development problems can cause obstructions that block sperm from its normal passage.
  • Hormones. Low levels of hormones produced by the pituitary glands can cause poor sperm development.
  • Genetics.
  • Certain medications.

A complete history and physical exam is typically followed by:

  • Blood work
  • Semen analysis. Used to assess factors such as volume, count, concentration, movement, and structure of spermatozoa, that help or hinder conception.

Other tests may include:

  • Transrectal ultrasound. Used to determine if your ejaculatory ducts are either poorly developed or obstructed with cysts, calcifications or other blockages.
  • Testicular biopsy. Used when semen analysis shows low or no sperm to determine the cause of infertility.
  • Hormonal profiles. Used to discover the sperm-producing ability of your testicles and to rule out serious conditions.
  • Genetic testing. Used to identify specific obstacles to fertility and problems with sperm.

 

If you feel you are in need of help with male infertility issues, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!

Georgia Professor Fights the Rise of Male Infertility

Georgia Professor Fights the Rise of Male Infertility

Z Urology is a leading urological care center that helps tackle male infertility. This is more important than ever, as, for reasons that aren’t completely understood, rates of male infertility in the United States and many Western nations have been on a steady upward trajectory for the past several decades.

 

“This is a growing problem that keeps getting worse with time,” said Charles Easley, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Public Health. “About 10% of reproductive age men in America have some type of infertility issue, and 45% of those patients have no treatment options at all.”

With a team of scientists that includes undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, a research coordinator and a lab manager, Easley is conducting research that offers hope for couples struggling with infertility. His work also has the potential to help keep reproductive toxicants out of the products that millions of people use daily.

An Infertility Crisis

Sadly, declining levels of male fertility date back to at least the 70s and have been attributed to a variety of factors. These factors include lifestyle and certain medical therapies. Exposure to environmental toxicants such as chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system is thought to play an important role, as well. Easley points out that avoiding some of these everyday chemicals is “borderline impossible.”

If you’re sitting on a foam covered chair, for example, chemicals that impart flame retardance are leaching through the fabric and into your body. Compounds used in plastic food packaging, children’s toys, and some cosmetics have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, as well. Byproducts from industrial processes make their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is basically unavoidable.

A major roadblock to the effective assessment of reproductive toxicity has been that results from studies on mice and other animals don’t necessarily translate to humans. In a breakthrough that has the potential to dramatically improve the testing of chemicals, Easley and his colleagues have developed a method to direct stem cells to become sperm precursors that can be used to screen chemicals for toxicity.

New Hope For Treating Infertility

The ability to direct stem cells to become precursors to sperm cells holds promise for men suffering from infertility, as well. Easley and his colleagues made international news in 2012 when they developed a method to take skin cells and transform them into sperm precursors.

If proven safe and effective, first in animal trials and then in human clinical trials, the technique could potentially give infertile men a chance at fatherhood. With the support of the Georgia Research Alliance, Easley has founded a company, known as Fertiligen, to help make his discoveries more widely available.

His idea is that for one who is rendered sterile by chemotherapy as a child and now, as an adult, has no options, can use their skin cells to restore their natural fertility.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in helping deal with and correct male infertility, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!