Is Erectile Dysfunction Infertility?
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Erectile Dysfunction and Infertility
Both erectile dysfunction (ED) and infertility will affect a man’s sexual health as well as the ability to have children. However, each one will affect that ability in different ways.
What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), otherwise known as impotence, is the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Sexual function is dependent on the blood vessels opening sufficiently which allows the penis to fill with blood. ED may occur when health problems prevent that from happening. These may include:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
Other external factors may be causing ED too, including:
- Lifestyle choices
- Drug use
- Side effects of certain medications
- Lack of exercise
- Performance anxiety
Sustained ED at any age isn’t normal and should be evaluated by a board-certified urologist, such as one of the experts at Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in Metro Atlanta. They offer many different treatment options. Call or book an ED consultation online.
What is Male Infertility?
Male infertility is typically due to insufficient sperm quality or quantity. Both a low sperm count and low-quality sperm reduce the chances of a sperm cell joining with an egg and a viable pregnancy.
Many factors can contribute to abnormal sperm production. Some people produce low volumes of sperm, and some people have sperm that do not move normally. In some cases, your sperm might be either abnormal in shape or otherwise unable to perform its function in pregnancy.
You could also have anatomy or blockages that interfere with the delivery of sperm during ejaculation.
What are the signs of infertility in males?
The most obvious sign of male infertility that men notice is the inability to conceive a child.
Other signs that men may notice if they suffer from infertility are:
- Difficulty ejaculating
- Pain and/or swelling in the testicles
- Abnormal male breast growth (gynecomastia)
- Decreased facial or body hair (signs of a male hormone imbalance)
Can Erectile Dysfunction Cause Low Sperm Count?
A low sperm count can be caused by underlying conditions such as a hormone imbalance, chromosomal abnormality, a testicular issue, or a blockage. At the same time, you may experience other related symptoms to that condition. This does not mean that the other symptoms are causing the low sperm count but that they are both the result of the underlying condition. In other words, erectile dysfunction could be another symptom of the condition that is causing a low sperm count.
If you have a problem with ED or fertility problems then you should get an evaluation by a board-certified urologist, such as one of the experts at Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in Metro Atlanta. They offer several different treatment options. Call or book an ED consultation online.
Sexual dysfunction is characterized by continuously recurring problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm, or pain. They can be distressing to both you and your partner.
Your sexual response will be influenced by a mix of factors including physiology, emotions, beliefs, experiences, lifestyle factors, and relationships. If anyone of these factors is disturbed, sexual desire, arousal, or satisfaction can be affected.
Low testosterone is not the cause of infertility. Other hormones are responsible for stimulating sperm production. Although testosterone is required for sperm production, the level in the testes where sperm are produced is many times higher than in the blood. So men with low or borderline T levels may have T levels that are adequate for sperm production.