low testosterone... can this prevent me from getting a woman pregnant
im going to start by saying i know i can get a woman pregnat. with my ex-wife i could only get her pregnant when she was on fertility pills but we miscarried at 4 weeks. now with my new wife i got her pregnant w/out any fertility pills but we miscarried at 6 1/2 weeks. i have had numerous fertility tests done and they all said the same low testosterone levels in my blood work. i was just wondering if thats the case why am i able to get them pregnant when the drs say i can not?
and if i can why are we miscarrying?if anyone has any answers or suggestions please answer to my problem. thanks.
Well, if its just low testosterone, the doctor can prescribe testosterone supplements to bring your levels back up to normal. Testosterone affects sperm production, and higher testeosterone levels could improve your sperm count and quality. I'm surprised your doctor hasn't recommended this. Maybe you should get a second opinion from another doctor. I've had bad doctors before who didn't know what they were doing - always get a second opinion on important things like this.
Originally posted by couch2: the doctor said the reason why the low sperm count is for the low testosterone. thats all i know.
A typical dumb doctor. You should never treat something before you know the cause. A few blood tests can determine the cause. Go get a simple blood test for FSH, LH (sex hormones), and TSH (thyroid). If LH and FSH are low you can suspect a brain tumor, if FSH and LH are high then you know your testicles have been damaged and there can be no repair. If LH is low but FSH is high then you are having pitutiary problems and you can take drugs to increase your sperm if you want. If your TSH is abnormal, then you have a thyroid problem that when fixed may very well fix your testosterone and sperm problems too.
[This message has been edited by orion (edited 01-30-2003).]
Focus, Testosterone (T) supplementation will not increase sperm production. T supplementation will shut down the testicles from producing T.
For sperm production to occur, T must be made locally (in the testicles)
Exogenous T will not distribute in enough concentration, down to the testicles. Thus, sperm production will diminish.
One drug that will help increase both sperm and testosterone is called Clomid (clomiphene citrate)
They give it to women that are having a hard time getting pregnant. It basically helps them ovulate.
They can give it to men to increase testosterone (made in the testes) and therefore sperm production.
Clomid increases LH (leutinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulation hormone). The LH tells cells in the testes to make testosterone. Since the T production is LOCALLY made, it will tend to increase sperm production if in fact low sperm production is due to low T levels to begin with.