My husband recently had a blood test done that showed he has a low testosterone level in his blood. They haven't old us the specifics of what it means yet, but as far as we can tell it means a low sperm count or motility. We are a little confused because he doesn't seem to have any other symptoms. His genitals are average sized and he has facial hair, the deep voice, etc.
Has anyone else been diagnosed with this? What exactly did it mean and what treatments were available?
Sorry, I don't have any personal experience with this.
Did they do a s/a or are they just guessing that his count will be effected? Did they test any other hormones while they were testing his testosterone?
From what I understand, testosterone in men varies depending on the time of day, stress, and exercise. So, the dr are suppose to take many different things into consideration before diagnosing that. If they are basing it off one lone test, I suggest you get a second opinion.
there are some prescriptions as well as herbal remedies for a low sperm count (such as zinc) But I'm not sure if they would actually supplement testosterone, from what I read, that is a pretty major step.
He went to the doctor because he was having a skin problem and he complained again of being chronically tired. So they did blood work on him and said his testosterone level was low. His next visit will basically be the one where he finds out why. They will probably do more blood work and I know he is getting a genital examination. So, they haven't actually done a semen analysis yet. But since we tried to get pregnant for over a year with no luck, we are pretty suspicious of it.
Low testosterone can be a cause of infertility in men. It can cause low sperm counts, low motility, and probably even poor morphology. It also causes lots of other problems like poor muscle tone, weight gain, fatigue, and brittle bones to name just a few.
If a man has low testosterone, there are treatments available. It's important to treat not only because of the fertility aspects but general health also.
A very respected doctor in the field of men's reproductive health once explained it to me like this: you can replace the testosterone or kick start the testicles into making it on their own. If you just replace the testosterone, it will act as a male birth control. Sperm counts will decline until they are zero. It may or may not become permanent, it depends. It works, but if the man wishes to preserve his fertility then it is best to get his own testicles to produce testosterone as they would naturally. One way to do this is by one Clomid every other day. Doseage varies and will probably require a few blood tests to get it right.
Yes, it's a drug designed for women but it has this effect on men. It will take a few months for the sperm count to come back up (depending) as it takes several months for sperm creation.
A product called Conception XR is also very good at helping the body get sperm counts up naturally. It's a scientifically proven product designed by doctors. It's over the counter.