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Aug 21, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

A father and his baby playing togetherIf you have questions about men's health issues, it's important that you ask Dr. Larry Lipshultz for answers. He has helped countless men throughout the greater Houston area address issues affecting their wellness. This includes finding effective treatments for male infertility and discussing both vasectomy and vasectomy reversal in terms that can be easily understood.

An issue that affects many men is low testosterone and/or reduced testosterone production. Low T can have major effects on your fertility as well as your general health. Let's delve into this issue in more detail right now.

About Testosterone

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone produced by the testicles. Testosterone is crucial for sperm production, a healthy sex drive, maintaining strength and muscle mass, proper bone density, proper fat distribution, and the production of red blood cells.

A man's testosterone tends to be its highest in adolescence and during early adulthood.

Causes of Low Testosterone

One of the most common causes of low testosterone is advanced age. It's estimated that testosterone production drops by roughly 1 percent every year after the age of 30.

Another common cause is a condition called hypogonadism, which refers to reduced testosterone production. Hypogonadism may be congenital or caused by injury/trauma or infection.

Effects of Low T on Male Fertility

When a man experiences low testosterone, his sex drive and sperm production are both adversely affected. In addition, it may be more difficult for a man with low T to sustain or achieve an erection or to achieve orgasm. All of these matters will make successful pregnancy more difficult.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Some of the most common signs of low testosterone include the following:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Problems achieving orgasm
  • Reduced semen volume
  • Loss of hair
  • Reduced energy
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Issues with mood
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Reduced size of testicles

If you notice combinations of any of the above, be sure to speak with your doctor or a men's health specialist about these matters to find out about treatment.

Treating Low Testosterone: Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

One of the most common treatments for low testosterone is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This essentially means adding testosterone to a man's body. There are numerous methods of delivery for this additional testosterone, including injections, patches, tablets, creams, and gels. The ideal treatment for you will be determined during a consultation.

Is there any way to prevent low T?

While reduced testosterone does occur with age, there are ways that you can naturally prevent low T or even boost your testosterone. This includes:

  • Eating healthy fats
  • Intensity workouts
  • Strength training
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Consuming a good amount of zinc
  • Getting ample vitamin D
  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing sugar intake

Combining testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and the above methods for prevention can go a long way toward boosting your testosterone levels and enhancing your fertility.

Speak with Dr. Larry Lipshultz About Your Men's Health Needs

To learn more about all of your options for boosting fertility and enhancing your overall health in the process, we encourage you to contact our men's health clinic today. During your consultation, we will be sure to address all of your needs when it comes to your fertility options.