Did you know men are just as likely to be diagnosed with infertility factors as women are? While some male infertility factors are linked to anatomical abnormalities, many are associated with low testosterone levels.
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It’s natural for men’s testosterone levels to wane as they age, particularly in the 40s and 50s; according to the , testosterone levels begin to wane by about 1% each year after age 45 - - one of the reasons why fertility specialists enforce the idea that men have a biological clock too. However, lifestyle and environmental factors can cause low testosterone levels (low T) in men far younger than 45.
There are multiple ways low-T affects male fertility:
Testosterone plays a big part in sex drive – for both men and women. When low-T strikes, men find they are less interested in sex. It also affects the penis’s ability to become full erect or to stay erect long enough to ejaculate during intercourse.
For many men, erectile dysfunction and early ejaculation cause embarrassment and diminished self-esteem, which further inhibits their sex drive and ability to perform. Ultimately, this becomes a vicious cycle if it’s not mitigated by , hormone therapy (if needed) and/or the use of prescription ED medication.
If low testosterone levels are present from puberty, it can inhibit the growth of the penis and testicles. Immature testicles may not be able to produce normal sperm quantity and quality.
Low testosterone levels also affect sperm production. Men with low T are with low sperm count, and that makes it harder to conceive without fertility support. Lower testosterone levels may also affect the way sperm move or their shape, further complicating conception.
Outside of genetic factors and aging, the most common causes of low testosterone levels in men are associated with environmental :
In almost all cases, men with testosterone levels low enough to compromise fertility experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Do you suspect you or your partner suffers from low testosterone? Schedule an appointment with the urology department here at . A routine physical and a simple blood test is all we need to determine if low T is a factor and to get you back on your way to feeling yourself again.
Published on December 19, 2018