Post # 1
Hi bees, here I am seeking advice to a question that can very well be asked to a doctor, but I really want to hear from you first. DH has low normal testosterone levels, and along with that come other performance issues. As we are getting ready to TTC in the next few months, I am concerned he has to go through some sort of treatment. Should we go to a general doctor first? An urologist? If you had a similar experience, how did you deal with it especially so close to TTC? Thank you so much.
Post # 3
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He’ll probably need to get a referral from his GP to see a specialist, like an endocrinologist. It’s important that he discuss with his doctor that you are going to be TTC so they can tailor their suggestions to his needs. (As in, if they give him a hormone treatment, which isn’t super likely for a first-line of defense, they’ll start with something other than testosterone itself, which decreases male fertility.)
His doctor will probably suggest other lifestyle changes before something like clomid, especially if he is low normal, and if he doesn’t have a low sperm count in addition to low T, he may give him some performance enhancing drugs (you know the ones) so you guys can do the deed while he amps up his testosterone in other ways. However, IANAD, so he’ll want to consult with his to get personalized advice.
Post # 4
Testosterone supplements are a natural birth control so be aware of that. You may want to get his health stuff takeN care of before actively TTC. I know one bee on here was trying for three months while her husband was on testosterone supplements only to Learn it was nearly inpossivle to conceive
That being said, my SIL and BIL did conceive while he had low t and I know he wasn’t feeling very up to sexy time.
Post # 5
@candy11: have you gotten a SA yet? DH had low T and was prescribed testosterone by a doctor who still believed it would HELP us… ugh!… a year later DHs SA came back AMAZING and other than a few sysmptoms of low T there never really was anything wrong to begin with…
Post # 6
I completely forgot I had this thread.
@cherrypie: Thanks so much. Your comment makes a lot of sense.
@nataliegrace90: My main concern is his performance issues. Thanks for sharing.
@MySunshine: No SA yet. Congrats on your DH SA results.
Update: DH and I are going to start trying next cycle. I am a bit nervous because I feel like I am going to enter the baby-making game blindfolded. DH performance issues have not gotten better. He has not been able to ejaculate while we dtd for a long time, and I am trying to give him some time before going to the doctor. He thinks all is going to be ok when we try, but I am just worried and nervous. I feel like I want to trust him, and if it just doesn’t work for us, I hope he can understand why we are going to the doctor. I don’t want to pressure him or anything since I already know he wants kids. Part of me wishes we can conceive right away but without his soldiers getting there….mmm I don’t think so.
Post # 7
@candy11: you might be able to do IUI at home (basically inject his sperm rather than BD)… It’s pretty cold but it might save to both a lot of stress if he cannot get his performance issues under control… DH had a similar issue and it was extremely frustrating for us… IUI would have saved us so much time/stress… So maybe if you have issues for a month or two it would be worth asking your doctors…
Post # 8
@MySunshine: You are so right! I am “giving” him maybe 2 cycles (about 3 months) to figure out on his own. He would soon realize this is not going to work, and we are heading to the doctor. I am trying to take it easy and not stressing too much about it because I know this will get in the way. For me, getting to the point where we can start trying is a major step to solving this problem. If nothing works, IUI might be the route. Did you guys conceive with IUI?