Clomid for men can increase sperm count and increase testosterone levels.
Some men with abnormal semen parameters also have low testosterone production. In many of these cases, medical treatment will successfully increase both sperm count as well as testosterone production. A man should NOT start taking testosterone if pregnancy is the goal, as testosterone supplementation will lead to a significant reduction in sperm count, possibly even to undetectable levels.
Clomid, or clomiphene works essentially the same way in both women and men.
Clomiphene increases the secretion of both follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. In men, FSH causes an increase in sperm production. In women, it stimulates egg development. In both men and women, LH causes an increase in testosterone production. In women, most of this testosterone is changed into estrogen. Side effects of Clomid in men are typically minimal. In addition, the resulting increase in testosterone production will frequently improve mood, reduce fatigue, and increase libido.
The doctors at TFC performed a study in 1999 that showed just how effective Clomiphene treatment in men can be.
We demonstrated that a significant percentage of men with low FSH, LH and testosterone levels responded to clomiphene by markedly raising their sperm count. In some men, this increase in sperm production was so profound that IUI became a legitimate option for fertility treatment instead of IVF.
It typically takes between 90 and 108 days for sperm being produced in the testicles to be ejaculated. Therefore, it can take 3-4 months to see the maximal result from Clomiphene treatment. In some cases, it may therefore make sense to delay fertility treatment, like IUI, until clomiphene has had a reasonable amount of time to work.
Before starting Clomiphene treatment, it is very important to have a physical examination by a urologist. In rare cases, a low sperm count can indicate a more serious issue, such as a varicocele or even testicular cancer.
Contact us to arrange for a new patient consultation with Dr. James or Dr. Munch. If you have been trying to get pregnant, and suspect the cause may be male infertility, Our doctors have the experience and the skill to help most men successfully overcome a diagnosis of male infertility, so they can go on to have healthy children.