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How can hypertension affect your fertility?

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2023 | Fertility Assistance |

Fertility problems are a major issue for many California citizens. Many of the most pressing health worries related to this issue stem from hypertension. This is a condition that results from abnormally high blood pressure. It can lead to a wide variety of health concerns, including worries over the inability to conceive.

How hypertension affects male fertility

Hypertension can harm male fertility in many ways. Men who suffer from this condition may also be dealing with issues related to erectile dysfunction. They are also more likely to have one or more semen abnormalities than men with normal blood pressure. Irregularly shaped sperm are only one of the defects that can affect fertility.

Issues of this type in men can include:

  • Lower volume of semen
  • Decreased mobility of sperm
  • Lower sperm count
  • Lower count of fully mobile sperm
  • Abnormally structured sperm

It should be noted that many popular supplements, such as steroids and testosterone, can cause or exacerbate hypertension. This can also affect the way that your body produces sperm. Hypertension and erectile dysfunction are also considered early indicators of cardiovascular disease.

Hypertension can also harm female fertility

Women who experience the symptoms of hypertension may also be dealing with related complications such as infertility. Your high blood pressure may also be related to conditions such as high BMI, resistance to insulin, smoking and higher age. These conditions are intimately linked to decreased quality of your available eggs.

Women who suffer from hypertension may also exhibit fertility issues such as:

  • A decrease in the total amount of vaginal lubrication
  • Reduced ability to experience orgasm
  • Pregnancy complication that can harm the health of the baby or the mother
  • Preeclampsia directly after pregnancy

Women who are infertile are not at a greater risk of hypertension than those that are fertile. However, recent studies have found that infertile women because of blocked or damaged fallopian tubes are at a higher risk of hypertension.