Low testosterone levels in males can cause them to lose interest in sex and they have fewer erections. It can also affect their fertility due to testicular problems. Testosterone replacement therapy is one solution to this problem but it can hurt your fertility too.
A part of the brain and the pituitary gland, which sits just below it, help control male fertility. The hypothalamus produces a chemical, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) that sends a message to the pituitary gland to tell it to produce fertility hormones i.e. luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH triggers the creation of sperm cells. LH tells the tests to produce testosterone, which is needed for sperm production.
If you take testosterone, it will slow down the production of GnRH. As a result, your sperm production reduces, which also decreases your chance of fathering a child. Men with low testosterone should see a urologist or an endocrinologist who specializes in male reproduction. Here are some things that you may be adviced to boost testosterone:
- Keep your private parts cool
Researchers believe that anything that can heat up the genital area for a long time, can lower sperm count. Sperm don’t like warm temperatures and that’s why the testes are outside the body. It is better to avoid saunas, hot tubs, and hot baths. Also, keep your laptop away from your lap.
- Lose Weight
Being overweight can change your hormone levels and can adversely affect your sperm production. Obese men may have lower testosterone levels because their belly fat converts their testosterone to estrogen. Shedding those extra pounds may have a positive effect on testosterone and fertility.
- Don’t Smoke
Studies have found that men who smoked had lower reproductive hormone levels than non-smokers. So if you’re trying to father a child, quit smoking.
- Get enough Vitamin D
Men who have lower levels of vitamin D, also have lower levels of testosterone. Include some good sources of Vitamin D in your diet, such as fatty fish, mushrooms, and fortified foods such as cereals. Sunlight also is a source of vitamin D, but limit your sun exposure as it poses the risk of cancer.
- Get Regular Exercise
Exercise not only helps you lose weight and reduces stress, it can also help build testosterone. A regular routine of aerobic exercise and strength training is believed to help with improving testosterone levels.
To know more about the relationship between testosterone and fertility, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.