What Do Hormones Do?
The body’s endocrine system contains glands that produce chemicals called hormones. Hormones regulate different functions and organs in the body, like puberty and the reproductive organs. Essentially, hormones are messengers that tell the body what to do and when to perform these activities. The main hormones in the male reproductive system are testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH).
Is a hormonal imbalance a bad thing?
Hormone levels fluctuate over time, especially as someone ages. During a hormone imbalance, the body produces too much or too little hormone, which negatively impacts bodily functions. Hormone imbalances can also occur due to these factors:
- High or low levels of cortisol
- High or low blood glucose levels
- Bad nutrition
- Lack of exercise
In males, low testosterone levels are referred to as hypogonadism. Men with low testosterone levels have issues with energy, strength, stamina, and sexual functions. To determine if a man has a hormone imbalance, doctors will perform various tests, including a physical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, a thyroid scan, and a sperm count analysis.
Can a man be infertile?
Male infertility is a real health issue that does not get enough attention. To impregnate a woman, a man must be able to maintain an erection, ejaculate, and produce healthy sperm. If a man has an issue with any of these functions, then the man may be infertile. Infertility can affect a man at any age, but treatment options are available depending on the cause of infertility.
What are 3 signs of male infertility?
Male infertility can result from various factors, including the ones that cause hormone imbalances. This is because hormonal imbalance is a sign of male infertility. Other signs of male infertility include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sperm count
- Pain, discomfort, inflammation of the testicles
A man with any or all of these factors can experience decreased sexual desire, inability to get or maintain an erection, or pain during intercourse. When a man notices any of these issues, the man should see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Can doctors test for male infertility?
To diagnose a man with male infertility, doctors conduct a series of tests. Doctors start with a physical examination and review the patient’s medical history. Then, doctors will perform more in-depth tests like a semen analysis, testicular biopsy, or post-ejaculation urinalysis. These tests require the collection of urine, semen, and testicle samples.
Should I visit a doctor?
Any patient that believes hormone imbalances may be causing problems should visit a medical professional immediately. A doctor will be able to perform the tests to diagnose the patient and develop an appropriate treatment plan properly. Reach out to a healthcare provider today to schedule a visit.