Heat Affects Fertility in Men

Record high heat could keep couples from conceiving
June is not only when temperatures start to rapidly rise; it is also National Men’s Health Month.   Low sperm count is a common cause of infertility in men, and heat actually can play a detrimental role when a couple is trying to conceive.   Dr. Stephanie Singleton of The Fertility Center of Charleston explains, “The ideal temperature for sperm production is three to four degrees below body temperature.  When the temperature rises, sperm production declines.”

Male factor infertility represents up to 45% of cases of infertility.  A recent study from New Orleans focused on heat and fertility.  The results indicated that sperm production decreases around 30% during the summer months concluding that men may be more fertile in the cooler months.

The first step to determining male factor infertility is a simple semen analysis.   Dr. Singleton explains, “The Fertility Center of Charleston now provides male patients with kits so the retrieval can be done in the privacy of their own home then promptly returned to our lab.” Besides heat, other causes of male factor infertility include low sperm count, abnormal sperm or absence of sperm altogether.    The good news is that male factor infertility can be treated.   States Dr. Singleton, “The Fertility Center of Charleston’s clinical team combines andrology, urology, endocrinology, and embryology to provide a variety of treatment methods allowing for great success in treating male factor infertility.”

Dr. Stephanie Singleton, along with embryologist Dr. Peter Wieckowski and The Fertility Center of Charleston team is dedicated to providing highly individualized care and compassion to couples, women and men seeking fertility treatment.  To schedule a consult, call 843-881-7400 or make an appointment online.