Male Infertility: How to Spot It and What to Do About It
When a couple cannot conceive a child within a year of “trying,” infertility of one or both partners is likely to be the problem. You’re probably wondering what the issue is, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that infertility is due to the woman in one-third of the cases, the man in another third, and both in the other third. The good news is that the issue is usually treatable successfully.
If you’ve been trying to have a child but to no avail, see a men’s health specialist for a medical evaluation and possible treatment. Let’s talk about how an infertility doctor can determine the root cause of your possible fertility issues and guide you through to fertility.
Could I Be Infertile?
Some common signs of male infertility are:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) due to injury, diabetes, or certain medications
- Difficulties with ejaculation
- Pain or swelling in the testicles or scrotum
- Frequent colds or other upper or lower respiratory infections
How Can My Urologist Help Me?
Urologists are to men as gynecologists are to women, so you can talk openly about your concerns and any symptoms you observe with a urologist – especially one who specializes in men’s health. Your urologist will perform a physical exam and review your medical history and medications.
Also, the urologist may order a semen analysis test to determine the number, size, and shape of your sperm, along with their motility (ability to move). Painless ultrasound tests will also look for anatomical abnormalities, such as varicose or problematic veins in the rectum and scrotum. Plus, the fertility doctor may order blood tests to measure your levels of testosterone and other hormones which factor into sexual function, sexual maturity, and fertility.
From there, your physician will recommend and provide treatment to counter infertility. For example, antibiotics can be prescribed to treat infections, and hormone replacement therapy and other medications can help to correct erectile dysfunction.
What Lifestyle Changes Can Help with Male Fertility?
Sometimes, changing simple habits works wonders for both men and women who have fertility issues. For a man, it is best to:
- Refrain from wearing tight underwear or other tight clothes.
- Eat a high-fiber, high-protein, low-fat diet.
- Exercise regularly – ideally, at least 30 minutes five times a week.
- Slim down to within a healthy weight range.
- Stay hydrated.
- Be as sexually active with your partner as possible – have sex at least every other day.
- Reduce your levels of stress as much as possible.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit your intake of alcohol.
Male Urologist Focusing on Men’s Health in Charlotte
If you’re looking for a skilled and highly experienced urologist who has years of success in treating men who are dealing with infertility, have a consultation with Dr. Richard Natale. He is a board-certified urologist who focuses on men’s health issues, from low-T to ED to infertility and prostate concerns.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natale, contact our friendly staff 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 start a family.