Male infertility is a very common issue, and fortunately, in most cases, it is treatable with the help of an experienced men’s health doctor, like urologist Richard Natale at Carolina Urology Partners. Learn more about male infertility, including its causes, and how Dr. Natale approaches diagnosis and treatment.
What Causes Male Infertility?
Male infertility may be structural–that is, due to an abnormality in the testicles themselves, the seminal vesicles, or even the blood vessels within the scrotum. Also, a man’s sperm may be defective in number, shape, and motility, or its ability to move at the proper speed and direction.
Finally, some men experience Low-T. A reduced amount of circulating testosterone, the male hormone, often stems from simple aging (andropause or male menopause) and health-related factors, such as obesity.
In fact, many men’s health specialists believe that lifestyle factors, ill managed chronic conditions, and certain medications can adversely affect male fertility. Examples include:
- Alcohol abuse
- Illegal drug use
- Groin injury
- Heat exposure from saunas, tight underwear, and even bike riding and other sports
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental/emotional health issues
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Drugs to treat depression, cancer, and allergies
- Vitamin deficiencies (zinc and vitamin C, as examples)
- Infections, such as prostatitis and STDs
How Dr. Richard Natale Approaches Male Infertility
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist, men’s health specialist, and penile implant surgeon. He is renowned as an innovative and compassionate physician who strives to restore men to vibrant overall health and sexual function.
He approaches male infertility in a whole health manner. He looks for the underlying medical reasons for male infertility using in-office blood testing, ultrasound imaging, and semen analysis. With these findings, he can address low-testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction (ED), varicocele (varicose veins in the scrotum), sperm defects, and more.
If it is determined that lifestyle factors may be impacting your fertility, he will recommend changes that will improve your virility, fertility, and overall health. Whenever possible, Dr. Natale believes natural solutions should be sought to improve one’s health.
As chief of urology at Atrium Health Cabarrus-Northeast Hospital, Dr. Natale advanced many of the innovative men’s health treatments, which have helped scores of patients regain fertility, urinary continence, and sexual function. As a penile implant specialist, he has helped numerous men dealing with ED and Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature). As such, you couldn’t be in safer or more experienced hands when it comes to getting to the bottom of your infertility and finally finding a solution.
Comprehensive Urology Care in Charlotte, Mint Hill, and Concord, NC
Dr. Richard Natale and his team would like to see you at Carolina Urology Partners for a complete sexual health exam. If you suspect you are infertile, he will discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, and recommend testing to get to the bottom of the problem. Then, he will get you on the road to full sexual health–including fertility–using lifestyle changes and state-of-the-art treatments.
Call us today to arrange an in-office consultation: (704) 786-5131. Or, you may request an appointment online. Confidential, friendly, and effective–that’s the kind of urology care we offer at our Concord and Charlotte, NC, offices.