A recent study at the Kenyatta National Hospital has revealed that there is an increase in the number of Nairobi men firing blanks.
The results released by Kemri researcher Dennis Chalo at the Kenya Medical Research Institute 10th Annual Scientific and Health conference in Nairobi last week showed that there was a significant increase in the proportion of men affected by azoospermia when compared with the 2013 study where only 7.6 percent of men were affected.
Azoospermia is the medical condition of a man whose semen contains no sperm. It is associated with infertility, but many forms are amenable to medical treatment.
Researcher Chalo said that semen analysis is an important test in the evaluation of male infertility because it is simple, informative and non-invasive.
“A total of 85 semen analysis reports were studied. Almost half of the men were between 30 and 39 years of age and most (50 out of 85) reported that they did not have children,” Chalo said.
The analysis showed 48.24 percent of the study subjects had normal semen and sperm parameters. Also confirmed by the study was that the main cause of male infertility in Kenya remains low sperm count (oligozoospermia) ( 23.53 percent) followed by azoospermia (14.12 percent).
Chalo added that most subjects had normal semen volume (89 percent), which means they ejaculated well. The sperm was also of normal appearance (98.8 percent), consistency (98 percent) and white cell count (57.65 percent).
“The majority of semen analysis subjects had primary infertility. This is similar to a previous report from KNH in 2013, which found primary infertility in 55.7 percent of the men. The most common abnormality is oligozoospermia followed by azoospermia,” he said.
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Kenya’s decline in human sperm count has been attributed to modern lifestyle practices. The key lifestyle factors that are associated with male infertility include smoking cigarettes, alcohol intake, use of illicit drugs, obesity, psychological stress, advanced paternal age, dietary practices, and coffee consumption.
However, their negative impact may well be mostly overcome by behaviour modification and better lifestyle choices. Greater awareness and recognition of the possible impact of these lifestyle factors are important amongst couples seeking conception.