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The Low Down on Low T and Fertility

The Low Down on Low T and Fertility

iStock_000022081038LargeHow many times have you heard a commercial that reminds men to ask their doctor about Low T, and get help for erectile dysfunction? If former Cowboy Daryl “Moose” Johnston encourages you to talk about Low T, you get in the game, right?

As reproductive endocrinologists specializing in the body’s hormonal and reproductive functions, the doctors at Texas Fertility Center wish to clear up the misconception that treating hypogonadism (Low T) will automatically lead to improved fertility in men.

For couples trying to get pregnant in the setting of male factor infertility, it’s important to work with a fertility specialist and possibly even a urologist in order to monitor sperm counts, hormone levels, and the potential administration of medications. Some patches and gels often prescribed for low libido and fatigue may actually hinder your chances of conceiving by lowering sperm count.

Testosterone’s Role in Conceiving a Baby

• Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) tasked with transforming a boy into a man during puberty: increasing muscle and penis size, lowering his voice and putting hair on his face and chest, and sex on his mind.

• Testosterone, made by the testicles, signals the brain to make the hormones necessary to drive sperm production; low testosterone can lead to inadequate sperm production, while excessive testosterone (from gels, patches, pills or injections) can also significantly reduce sperm production.

• For these reasons, just like in the famous children’s story – Goldilocks and the 3 bears – it is critically important to make sure that the testosterone level is “just right”!

Is It Low T or Something Else?

Loss of interest in sex, fatigue and erectile dysfunction may be attributed to a drop in testosterone, or it could be caused by other conditions, such as depression, diabetes, genetic disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or obesity.

Testosterone deficiency is blamed for a host of symptoms. The progressive decline in testosterone as men age can sometimes result in a low libido, and low sperm count. When you are trying to get pregnant, Low T can be devastating.

Contact a fertility specialist about blood testing to check your hormone levels, and semen analysis to check your sperm count.

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Kaylen Silverberg, M.D.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, he received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his infertility fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Silverberg is actively involved in infertility research and has published extensively in the infertility literature. He was recently honored by the American Fertility Association with the Family Building Award, and he is recognized annually by the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Silverberg. a fertility specialist, is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.