Couples planning to go the family way seek help when one of the partners faces fertility problems. Infertility is not just limited to women, there can be various biological factors contributing to it among men as well. Unhealthy habits or addictive behavior may also result in sterility among men, rendering them incapable of becoming fathers.
Opioid receptors help control various physiological procedures
In the United States, infertility among men is common. A recent study by the University of the Basque Country in Spain focused on the role of opioid receptors during the formation of spermatozoon. In the study titled “Expression and Localization of Opioid Receptors in Male Germ Cells and the Implication for Mouse Spermatogenesis,” the researchers explained that opioid receptors are also involved in controlling various physiological procedures that necessitate correlation and transfer of information between various types of cells and tissues.
In the study published online in the journal Plos One in March 2016, the researchers dealt with the method of participation of these receptors in the production process of spermatozoa in mammals. The authors noted that the activation of the opioid receptors controlled the development of the machinery needed to segregate the genetic information during the spermatogenesis process.
Commenting on the findings, UPV/EHU researcher Dr. Nerea Subirán said, “Although this is basic scientific research using animal models, these studies are shedding light on the molecular mechanisms that control male fertility, and are helping us to better understand the causes of many cases of infertility and enabling new horizons to be opened up in the development of therapeutic targets and strategies to combat it.”
The study is important based on the fact that nearly 3 percent of births each year are mediated by means of assisted reproduction techniques in most developed countries. The fact that these methods of inception pose a host of health issues, along with related psychological problems, causes people to shy away from seeking treatment for infertility. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also expressed concern over the extent to which there has been a surge of infertility cases in developed countries in the past decade.
Doctors usually prescribe semen analysis to test fertility status in men. During the evaluation process, medical practitioners assess the sperm concentration, agility in sperm movement and the shape of each sperm. Analysis of the quality of the sperm helps determine the factors contributing to infertility, though the molecular mechanisms involved in the production of low-quality or dysfunctional spermatozoa are yet unknown.
Road to recovery
The fact that long-term consumption of opioids may contribute to numerous physical diseases, along with mental illnesses, necessitates the need to seek treatment for opioid dependence. Though the study primarily focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for infertility, it also sheds light on the fact how opioids receptors’ presence in the spermatozoa formation can help treat sterility in men with the help of medicinal interventions.
Prescription opioid abuse is one of the biggest challenges which the clinical community is facing currently. Abuse of drugs for prolonged periods can cause drastic changes in behavior and physical health apart from contributing to extreme personality disorders.
If you or your loved one is suffering from a prescription drug abuse problem, you can seek help from one of the reputed prescription drug abuse treatment centers in America. The Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline can guide you to effective treatment programs and facilities. Chat online with an expert or call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-450-1557 for further expert advice.