Testosterone supplements linked with infertility

14 May 2013

New research has found a link between testosterone supplements and infertility.

The study, conducted at US clinics in Alabama and Kansas, found that the treatment for low libido causes sperm counts to drop drastically. The findings are crucial at a time when hormone supplements are more popular than ever.

Testosterone is touted as a cure for fatigue and low sex drive, as well as a way to increase muscle mass and look more toned and masculine. However, it can have severe side effects including blood clots, male breast growth and permanently decreased sperm production - a serious concern for men trying to start a family.

New research focused on 34 men who took the hormone for six years’ time. Most of the individuals’ sperm counts recovered once they stopped taking testosterone supplements, but six were permanently affected. It can take up to six months for sperm counts to recover to normal levels, but for some, the damage may be irreversible.

Co-author of the study, Dr Peter Kolettis, said: “I tell men not to take it until they’re done having their own biological children.”

If you’re struggling with fertility, a semen analysis can help pinpoint the issue and direct you towards the most effective treatment option.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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