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Health maintenance but zero sperm count
sndlcm posted:
Dr. Amy,
I am working out regularly again and was taking a testosterone booster but recently discovered information on the Internet{and via health-club chatter} that it causes zero sperm count.
Is this something you have heard of and would you suggest departing from the booster or switching to another booster that works without interfering with my count.

Frustrated and Impatient
amyaalc responded:
It all depends on what you are actually taking. Testosterone injections or creams will lower your fertility. The body starts to rely on the supplement and decreases it's own production. These supplements really do not benefit you they only make you dependent on them to maintain that testosterone level.

For men that have been on testosterone replacement a treatment of HCG with Arimidex is usually prescribed by the patient's urologist to get the body to kick in that testosterone production again and rebalance the hormones. It take multiple hormones for the production of testosterone and sperm so making sure that you do not disrupt the balance is key.

I recommend scheduling an appointment with your local urologist to have a full hormone panel. You may also want to have a semen analysis to see where your sperm counts stand. Some men can zero out while other just dip low. Don't assume you are sterile.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

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