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Explanation Of Chicken Pox

Most of us of a certain age think about chicken pox as something little kids get. Chicken pox is caused by the herpes virus (varicella-zoster). It is an infectious disease, contagious, and can spread either through direct contact with the affected person or through the air. Chicken pox frequently affects preschool and elementary age children, however, men and women can get it too and it can be more severe in adults. When a person is affected with chicken pox, they will usually feel feverish, with muscle aches, appetite loss, nausea and perhaps headache. A rash will then appear with blisters which scab over. Shingles is another disease which is caused by the same virus.

Vaccinations typically protect against chicken pox, however, it still is possible to get the disease even after receiving a dose of the vaccine. Adults who did not have chicken pox as a child can get it as an adult. It usually passes without complications, but it can lead to problems like infections of the skin, pneumonia or encephalitis in rare cases.

How Can Chicken Pox Affect Male Fertility?

First, if a man has chicken pox in childhood, this should not affect his fertility in adulthood.

If an adult Male has chicken pox with a fever, the high temperature could affect his production of sperm as fever with any other illness. However, sperm production should return to normal within about 3 months.

In rare cases the varicella virus can lead to a condition called “orchitis” which could lead to the reduction in size of the testicles and ultimately affect a man's sperm production.
See Also, Male Factor Infertility and Increasing Sperm Count

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