Balancing Act: Testosterone and Fertility

by | January 21st, 2014
  

Testosterone and Infertility When you hear the word “testosterone,” you tend to think of the Incredible Hulk, stomping and raging, right?

It’s true that this hormone can contribute to facial hair, bulging muscles and aggressive behavior. But testosterone also has a direct impact on fertility — for men and women alike.

A Serious Problem for Both Sexes

Testosterone helps to maintain the male libido, and men with performance-related issues may need to have their hormonal balances evaluated. Unfortunately, synthetic testosterone may not help the situation, because when the pituitary gland senses anything resembling testosterone in the bloodstream, it stops telling the body to produce the real thing. That’s why your IVF Plano fertility specialist, Dr. James Douglas prefers to identify any underlying causes of infertility FIRST before discussing testosterone supplementation.

Testosterone issues in men can be attributed to:

  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Pituitary conditions

How Does Testosterone Affect Women?

You may not know that women’s bodies naturally produce small amounts of testosterone in addition to estrogen and progesterone.

When the levels of that important hormone become unbalanced, so can your chances of getting pregnant. That’s because too much testosterone contributes to PCOS, causing the ovaries to produce too many follicles (often described as “strings of pearls”) instead of one viable egg each month.

Conversely, too little testosterone, more commonly a problem among menopausal or post-menopausal women, may reduce the libido in women during their peak fertility years.

Restoring Your Hormonal Balance Could Restore Your Fertility

If an evaluation reveals abnormal testosterone levels, rest assured that Dr. Douglas will know how to help. By dealing with the underlying cause of your hormonal imbalance and using advanced reproductive technologies to treat the problem, we can help you get your body back on track toward creating your future family. Contact IVF Plano today and let’s put your testosterone levels to the test!


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