Signs of Male Infertility

One of the most sensitive topics you can discuss with a doctor is the subject of infertility, especially if you’re a male. Natural male reproduction relies on healthy sperm and erections that are strong enough for sexual intercourse. This is not possible for a lot of men.

About half of all infertility cases have something to do with the male partner. As such, this issue is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, millions of men seek treatment for male infertility every year. If you’re trying to have kids and have been unable to do so, it’s best to speak with a urologist about getting tested for infertility. Fortunately, a significant number of reasons for infertility are treatable. Even if you find out you’re infertile, it doesn’t mean you have no choice but to rethink having your own children. Urologists offer many treatments that can help treat infertility and aid in your goal to reproduce.

Here are some signs that can indicate if you may be infertile:

Low Libido

A symptom of low libido is having little to no sex drive. Low libido is often caused by deficient hormones — specifically low testosterone levels. A healthy sex drive is required to make a baby. Compare your sex drive to a few years before. If you notice that it has dropped significantly, you may have low testosterone. Fortunately, there are ways to raise testosterone levels naturally and through hormone treatment. For most men with low testosterone, treating the issue generally makes them fertile again.

Erectile Dysfunction

If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED), you may also be infertile. ED refers to an inability to get or maintain a strong election, something that’s necessary for sexual intercourse, and thus, having children. ED could be caused by cardiovascular disease, lifestyle habits (being obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, having a lot of stress, etc.) or it could also be due to a hormone disorder. Regardless of the cause, alleviating ED can help restore your sexual health and improve your chances of having children.

Testicle Pain and Swelling

Pain and swelling in the testicles are not normal and require medical attention. Epididymitis is a condition marked by swelling of the tube that stores and carries sperm. Not only is this condition painful, but it can also actually cause infertility. Swelling can also be indicative of a testicular infection called orchitis.

Poor Sperm Health

Another cause of male infertility is weak or unhealthy sperm. This issue can develop if you have a health issue that causes your sperm to be weak or slow enough to not access your partner’s egg. There are ways to improve sperm health in a lot of men. However, if this isn’t possible, you can explore other ways to have your own children. This will require your urologist and your partner’s gynecologist to work together to get the best outcome.

Undergo a Fertility Evaluation in Concord and Mint Hill, North Carolina

If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving, infertility may be the problem. To get to the bottom of it and find a solution, it’s best to talk to a urologist.

Dr. Richard Natale is a trusted urologist specializing in men’s health issues, including low testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, and male infertility. Dr. Natale has a strict confidentiality policy and an excellent bedside manner. He knows how a sensitive topic such as infertility can be difficult to talk about. As such, he and his team will do everything in their power to make you comfortable as you get treatment.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Natale, call our clinic at (704) 786-5131 or request an appointment now.


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