Symptoms of Male Infertility

Most men who are infertile don’t have any physical symptoms, unless the infertility is due to hormonal problems or other systemic illness.

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Most men who are infertile don’t have any physical symptoms

  • Inability to conceive
  • As mentioned, a couple is considered as having infertility issues when no pregnancy has been achieved within 1 year of regular, unprotected intercourse. This is often the main complaint which a couple can present to the doctor with. Further testing can confirm male infertility.

  • Asymptomatic
  • Besides for the inability to conceive, most men are asymptomatic, which means that they won’t have any other noticeable symptoms of their infertility.

  • Sexual problems
  • Men may notice that they have problems with sexual acts like maintaining an erection or ejaculating. This may be the cause of their infertility but it may also be a sign of another hormonal, medical or psychological problem.

  • Decreased manly features
  • Decreased body and facial hair, weakness and decreased size of the testes could be a sign of low testosterone. Low testosterone can result in a lowered sperm count or erectile dysfunction which can both play a role in infertility.

Complications of Male Infertility

Male infertility is not life-threatening, but not being able to conceive a child can be stressful for both the man and the woman in a relationship. If one partner or both partners had dreams of having children which they now may not have, it can cause individual stress and put great strain on their relationship. The possible consequences of a diagnosis of male infertility are briefly discussed under the following headings:

    relationship-strain

    It is difficult dealing with infertility especially if someone feels guilty that they are to blame or if one partner blames the other

  • Relationship strain
  • It is difficult dealing with infertility especially if someone feels guilty that they are to blame or if one partner blames the other. Children are a big part of a relationship and of life so it is a big stressor on a couple when they realize that they might not be able to have children of their own. There is often also scrutiny from extended family. The psychological impact infertility has on an individual and a couple should not be ignored.
     
     
     

  • Financial Strain
  • Some of the treatments involved in treating infertility are costly. These costs are usually unforeseen and not budgeted for.

  • Depression
  • With the extra relationship strain and added financial strain some men may develop signs of depression. If not recognized early and treated in time, it can develop into clinical depression where suicide is a risk.