Infertility in men is very common – approximately 30% of all infertility cases can be attributed to male infertility, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Another 30% can be attributed to females, and the remainder of cases involve reproductive issues with both partners.
Sometimes, infertility is indicative of an underlying health condition, which makes getting checked and tested by a doctor even more important. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you and your partner can get to the bottom of your infertility issues and receive treatment.
There are now many options for treating male infertility. A couple can avoid the unnecessary and expensive fertility treatments that the woman would otherwise go through when more affordable treatments for men are available.
Let’s talk about some of the main factors that indicate when it’s the right time to talk to a skilled urologist about male infertility, and where you can go in Concord and Charlotte to speak to a men’s health specialist.
Symptoms of Male Infertility
Men who are infertile usually experience one or more of the following symptoms:
A low sex drive is usually a sign of hormonal issues which can affect a man’s fertility. In particular, low testosterone (low-T) may cause a low sex drive, which is especially common in men who are 45 or older.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be caused by hormonal issues or nerve problems. If you have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy may be what’s causing your erectile dysfunction. Other nerve-related conditions such as multiple sclerosis can also be an underlying cause of male infertility.
Pain in the Testicles, Groin, or Pelvic Area
If you are experiencing chronic or intermittent pain, swelling, or a lump in the testicles, you may have varicoceles – which are essentially varicose veins in the testicles and scrotum. Varicoceles are a common cause of male infertility, since the condition causes an increase in the temperature in or around the testicles, which can negatively affect sperm formation and motility.
Even if varicoceles are not the issue, pain in the area warrants an evaluation by a urologist.
Many Months of “Trying” Without Causing Pregnancy
Perhaps the biggest symptom of infertility is the inability to get your partner pregnant after a year of having frequent unprotected sex. If this is true for you, see a men’s health specialist for an evaluation and possible treatment.
Male Urologist in Charlotte and Concord, NC
If you are concerned about your fertility, see an experienced urologist. Dr. Richard Natale focuses on men’s health issues, and he can give you an efficient evaluation and treatment if necessary. Dr. Natale always treats his patients with respect and trust.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with Dr. Natale, contact our friendly staff at Carolina Urology Partners today by calling us at (704) 786-5131 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you and your partner begin a family.