I've read that people who take testosterone become unable to reproduce. Should I take the testosterone treatment that was prescribed to me?

I went to a general doctor for a physical so that she can get me a referral to a fertility clinic. After performing a test the doctor told me that my testosterone is low. She prescribed testosterone for me. I have read a lot that people who take testosterone become unable to reproduce because the brain stops producing gnrh that induces testosterone production. Should I take the testosterone treatment that the doctor said I need?

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Answered by Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS

No you should not. Taking testosterone will not increase your sperm count - it will only decrease it. If the dose is high enough, the sperm count may go to zero. I would see a Urologist experienced in, and an expert in, male infertility. The female partner should always be checked as well when a couple is having difficulty becoming pregnant. Hope this helps. Dr Robert Oates

Published on Feb 01, 2018

Answered by Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS (View Profile)

No you should not. Taking testosterone will not increase your sperm count - it will only decrease it. If the dose is high enough, the sperm count may go to zero. I would see a Urologist experienced in, and an expert in, male infertility. The female partner should always be checked as well when a couple is having difficulty becoming pregnant. Hope this helps. Dr Robert Oates

Published on Feb 01, 2018


Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D.

Testosterone is a contraceptive- albeit a bad one. You should not take testosterone if you are considering starting a family or have not completed family. Consult with a urologist or a male fertility specialist for treatment options to increase testosterone without affecting fertility.

Published on Feb 01, 2018

Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D. (View Profile)

Testosterone is a contraceptive- albeit a bad one. You should not take testosterone if you are considering starting a family or have not completed family. Consult with a urologist or a male fertility specialist for treatment options to increase testosterone without affecting fertility.

Published on Feb 01, 2018


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