Dr. Joel Batzofin addresses Low T at our Manhattan fertility center
Although infertility impacts approximately 1 in 8 couples in the U.S., most people assume the problem strictly relates to women. In fact, male factor infertility is the culprit about one-third of the time. Dr. Joel Batzofin and the team at our Manhattan fertility center can assist you and your partner in pinpointing the specific root of any issues, which may include low testosterone.
Our Manhattan fertility center expert educates patients on male infertility factors
With male factor infertility, physical abnormalities, certain medical conditions and hormonal imbalances can interfere with sexual reproduction. Dr. Batzofin will usually begin with a semen analysis as a baseline test. The semen analysis looks at the size, shape, speed and number of sperm produced. If the test results indicate a potential problem, Dr. Batzofin will refer your partner from our Manhattan fertility center to a urologist, a physician who specializes in the male reproductive system, to perform further assessment.
Understanding the link between low testosterone treatment and fertility
Recently, the Internet and television have released a barrage of information about Low T and the latest treatments. Produced in the testicles, testosterone is a male sex hormone that aids in sex drive, sperm production and muscle strength. Some men develop low testosterone, which can result in low energy, decreased libido and moodiness.
Our Manhattan fertility center expert suggests that men experiencing these symptoms may want to consult their physicians about treatment options. Unfortunately, supplemental testosterone will likely impact the amount of sperm naturally produced in the testes. The gels, patches and injections available will increase hormone levels, but will also decrease sperm production.
Low T treatments are essentially a form of birth control.
Preserving male fertility with Low T treatment
If your partner needs to treat low testosterone, options exist to minimize the impact on his fertility. Medications such as Clomid can stimulate the testicles to produce more testosterone without lowering sperm count. Some couples or individuals decide to freeze sperm prior to treatment so that they will still have the ability to conceive a child in the future.
At our Manhattan fertility center, Dr. Batzofin and our team work with patients to identify impediments to conception and correct them. If you and your partner have tried to get pregnant without success, we can look at potential issues, including low testosterone, and determine the appropriate treatment course. Contact us for more information or to make an appointment.