If you are trying to become pregnant without success, you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infertility affects approximately 15% of couples – meaning that one in every six couples experiences difficulty in achieving pregnancy or carrying a pregnancy to term.
While infertility was traditionally thought to be primarily a female issue, more recent studies have shown that male infertility is a significant contributor to the problem. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, male infertility is a factor in approximately 30% to 40% of infertility cases.
Unfortunately, rather than addressing the underlying cause of male infertility, many couples immediately jump to extremely expensive artificial or assisted methods of conception, such as IVF. However, many of the medical conditions affecting male fertility can actually be treated naturally.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is one natural method of treatment that has shown exceptional promise for treating many of the underlying imbalances causing male infertility. In this article, the bioidentical hormone therapy experts at SottoPelle® Method discuss the male hormones involved in fertility – and how imbalances in these hormones can impact numerous glands in the body, including the hypothalamus, thyroid gland, pituitary gland, prostate, and testicles.
The High Cost of Artificial Fertility Treatments
IVF and other artificial fertility treatments can be prohibitively expensive. The average cost of an IVF cycle in the United States can range from $12,000 to $15,000, which does not include the cost of medication or additional diagnostic tests.
Other artificial fertility treatments, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or assisted hatching, can also add to the exorbitant overall cost. Additionally, insurance coverage for fertility treatments varies significantly, and many insurance policies do not cover artificial and assisted fertility procedures at all. This leaves couples to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
The high cost of artificial fertility treatments can make them out of reach for many couples, leading to financial strain and potentially causing them to forgo treatment altogether. Other couples may seek alternative options, such as adoption or using a donor egg or sperm, which may still involve significant financial and emotional investments.
Hormonal Imbalances That Can Affect Male Fertility
Male infertility affects millions of men worldwide and can be caused by a variety of factors. But one of the most common underlying causes of male infertility is hormonal imbalance.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it plays a crucial role in the development of male reproductive organs, sperm production, and sex drive. Other hormones involved in male fertility include follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and prolactin. FSH and LH are produced by the pituitary gland and are responsible for regulating testosterone production and sperm production in the testicles. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland and plays a role in sexual function and fertility.
Hormonal imbalances can occur when there is an excess or deficiency of one or more hormones in the body. Imbalances in male hormones can impact numerous glands in the body, including the hypothalamus, thyroid gland, pituitary gland, prostate, and testicles.
Low testosterone levels can lead to reduced sperm production and decreased sex drive. High levels of the hormones estrogen and/or prolactin can interfere with the production of testosterone and sperm. Low levels of LH or FSH can also lead to decreased testosterone and sperm production. Thyroid disorders can also lead to imbalances in the male hormones that regulate fertility.
Treating Male Infertility with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) has been shown to be a promising treatment option for certain men who are experiencing infertility due to hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical hormone therapy involves using hormones that are identical in chemical structure to those produced naturally by the body. BHRT can help to restore hormonal balance, which in turn can help a man’s body improve sperm production and quality.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a common form of bioidentical hormone therapy for men with low testosterone levels. Administering testosterone using bioidentical hormone therapy can help to improve sperm production and increase sex drive in many men.
Other forms of bioidentical hormone therapy, including human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and clomiphene citrate, can help to increase LH and FSH levels, which can also improve testosterone and sperm production in some male patients.
Male Sperm Problems that Bioidentical Hormone Therapy May Help
Azoospermia is a condition in which there is a complete absence of sperm in a man’s ejaculations. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat azoospermia by addressing hormonal imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. For example, low levels of testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) can all contribute to azoospermia, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to increase levels of these hormones to help restore fertility.
Oligospermia is a condition in which there is a low sperm count in a man’s ejaculations. Asthenospermia is a condition in which there is poor sperm motility or movement. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat both of these conditions by addressing low levels of testosterone, LH, and FSH which can all be contributing factors to these conditions.
Teratozoospermia is a condition in which a man has a high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm – which interferes with their ability to successfully fertilize an egg. Low levels of testosterone, LH, and FSH can all contribute to teratozoospermia, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to increase levels of these hormones to help improve sperm shape. Additionally, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to address imbalances in thyroid hormone and cortisol, which can also impact sperm health.
SottoPelle® Method Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Male Infertility
If you have been suffering from the heartache of infertility, a SottoPelle® Method certified doctor may be able to help restore your body to balance – so you can conceive naturally without expensive and exhausting artificial fertility methods.
Physicians who have undergone SottoPelle® Method training and certification are trained in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating hormonal imbalances that are impacting all aspects of a patient’s health and quality of life. Through thorough blood testing, your SottoPelle® Method certified doctor can determine if you have hormone imbalances or deficiencies that may be affecting your sperm quality and your ability to conceive.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalances or infertility, it’s important to discuss your concerns with a SottoPelle® Method Certified Doctor who can help you determine if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you – and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your individual needs to improve your chances of naturally growing your family.
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