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Are there diseases that cause sperm problems?

By Rebeca Reus BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 03/18/2022

Yes, there are certain testicular diseases such as varicocele, hydrocele, cryptorchidism and some genetic diseases that can alter normal sperm production and cause infertility.

Hormonal problems such as hypogonadism, hyperprolactinemia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and diabetes also affect sperm development.

If the seminal ducts and accessory glands have any abnormalities, sperm maturation and ejaculation may be impaired.

 Rebeca Reus
Rebeca Reus
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).
Embryologist. Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).