How Can Hypertension Affect Male Fertility?

Hypertension can have multiple adverse effects on people. Read below to learn more about hypertension and male fertility.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has become more common for many reasons. As people feel more stressed, exercise less, or eat unhealthy foods, blood pressure rises. This increases the risk of many health problems.

Read on to find out what high blood pressure can do to male fertility.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which blood pumps too forcefully against your artery walls. When this occurs long-term, it can have adverse effects on your health or cause heart disease and other conditions.

Symptoms of high blood pressure may include the following.

  • Headache
  • Nose bleeds
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems
  • Erectile disfunction

Effect of Hypertension on Fertility

Studies suggest that hypertension is associated with impaired semen quality. Men with hypertension had a lower semen volume and were at risk for abnormal sperm parameters like low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and more sperm DNA fragmentation. Men with hypertension tend to have at least one semen abnormality compared to men with normal blood pressure.