As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to term. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist.In this article, we will discuss what is male infertility Hormone Evaluation ??
Hormonal evaluation is a study to measure the levels of certain hormones produced by your body such as levels of FSH and testosterone which are involved directly in sperm production. The test will only be used if the semen of sperm analysis come back with low density of sperm or your specialist suspects that hormone imbalance is the cause of infertility.
Your fertilized special may order saliva test or blood spot test overall hormone assessment.
Primary hormone imbalance effecting fertility happens only about 3% of infertile male, therefore if your doctor suspects that you have some symptom such as loss of muscle, enlarged breasts, low sexual desire, weigh gain or loss, ,low sperm density, etc., he or she may ask for male hormone imbalance test.
Testosterone decrease with age, testosterone deficiency is common in men over the age of 50. If the levels of testosterone is too low, it may causes sexual dysfunction ( most of the time he also has deficiency of kidney yang according to traditional Chinese herbalist) and symptoms of low density of sperm and sperm count and interferes with reproductive system in process of fertility.
2. Excess estrogen (estradiol)
Excess estrogen in male is rare, but it may happens. It causes symptoms such as hair loss, decreased libido, Increased urinary urge, prostate enlargement, weight gain and low sperm production and low sperm count that increases the risk of infertility.
3. Levels of FSH
FSH levels are important in production of sperm, if the levels of FSH is too high as resulting of primary testicular failure, it may interfere with sperm production and decrease sperm density and count.