The explosion of the little blue pill on the scene several decades ago helped save many a relationship. We’ve come a long way, baby, since then in treating erectile dysfunction. But now it’s 2020, and you should know about other erectile treatments beyond the blue pill.
One-third of all infertility problems are caused by the male partner. Though fertility can be seen as a woman’s issue, it’s vital that both men and women get tested if a couple is struggling to conceive.
A man can be infertile for a number of reasons, including:
- STDs – If chlamydia and gonorrhea are left untreated, they can cause infertility in men.
- Hormonal Imbalances – Hormonal imbalances in the pituitary and thyroid glands can cause infertility. Luckily, hormonal imbalances that cause infertility can be treated with medication.
- Blockages or birth defects – It is possible for men to be born with blockages in the testicles. The blockages can prevent sperm from getting into the semen.
- Retrograde ejaculation – Retrograde ejaculation is a disorder where semen doesn’t come out of the penis during ejaculation. Instead, it enters the bladder. This can be caused by diabetes, medications and bladder surgery. Excessive exercise – Excessive exercise can lead to a man over-producing too many steroid hormones, which affect fertility.
- Heat Exposure – Taking too many hot baths, sitting with a laptop directly on the lap and sitting in a sauna can affect fertility in men. However, most sperm production is repaired shortly after being exposed to heat.
- Drug Use – Drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine can reduce sperm production.
Getting Tested for Infertility
If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, the first thing to do is see a urologist. The urologist will do a physical exam and a semen analysis. If both exams come back normal, the physician will suggest further testing based on what they find appropriate.
Contact Dr. David C. Allen at (706) 543-2718 for information on male infertility.
Erectile dysfunction can affect self-confidence and create tension in a relationship. Because of the nature of the condition, it can be a difficult issue for men to talk about, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In fact, approximately 50 percent of men are affected in their lifetime and one in four men with erectile dysfunction are under the age of 40.
In order to treat erectile dysfunction, it is vital that you understand what causes the condition.