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What are the signs and symptoms of male infertility?
The primary sign of infertility in men is the failure to make a woman pregnant. Other symptoms may not be present. However, when underlying conditions, such as hormonal imbalances, inherited disorders, dilated testicular veins or blockage of sperm transport are responsible, the symptoms listed below help identify this condition: • Changes in Sex Drive: Hormones impact a man’s sexual power and in turn his fertility. If you notice changes in your sexual desires, it could be due to underlying fertility issues. • Pain, Lump or Swelling in Testes: Swollen or aching testicles do indicate infertility in a few cases. • Erectile Problems: Hormonal changes can affect a man’s ability to keep an erection. Decreased hormonal levels can also give rise to fertility issues. • Ejaculation Problems: Not being able to ejaculate or ejaculating little semen could be an indication of male infertility. • Firm and Tiny Testicles: As sperms remain stored in testes, testicle health is crucial for male fertility. In this regard, if you notice your testicles getting tinier and firmer, it is time to meet a doctor and know if you have undetected fertility issues. • Respiratory Infections: Regular occurrence of respiratory infections could be a symptom of male infertility. • Gynecomastia: Abnormal breast growth in men is caused by swollen male breast tissue and an underlying hormonal imbalance. It may be a sign of male infertility. • Reduced Facial or Body Hair: This could be due to an underlying chromosomal or hormonal abnormality, and it indicates male infertility. • Low Sperm Count: Lesser sperm count than normal (below 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen or a total sperm count below 39 million per ejaculation) is a common sign of male infertility. If you notice any of the above symptoms, do not waste time wondering, "Am I okay?" Instead, schedule an appointment with a doctor immediately. The specialist for male infertility problems is a reproductive endocrinologist or RE.
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