Stress does affect women who are infertile quite similar to cancer patients, but not much has been focused upon male stress infertility. Even men also undergo stress if the couple is not able to conceive.
The researchers have noticed that men who experienced two or more stressful life events in the past year had a lower percentage of sperm motility and a lower percentage of sperm of normal morphology, as compared to men who did not experience any stressful life events. They observed stress factors influencing semen quality, such as age, other health problems and history of reproductive health problems.
Although workplace stress did not actually directly affect semen quality in the men, the researchers did find job strains had lower levels of the hormone testosterone in their semen, which can, in fact, affect reproductive health.
Also, more e levels of stress were experienced by men who were unemployed and had lower semen quality than those who were employed.
Although the researchers are unable to pinpoint exactly how stress affects the quality of semen, they do present some theories.
Stress can activate the release of glucocorticoids – steroid hormones that do affect the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins – that could reduce testosterone levels and sperm production.
Stress can trigger off oxidative stress which is physiological stress on the body that is caused by damage from un-neutralized free radicals which has been associated with semen quality as well as fertility.
Stress does influence health. The reproductive health of men can also be affected by their social environment. More awareness needs to be created with regard to the stress effect on male fertility. Men also undergo a difficult phase when they are unable to help in conceiving process.