Doctors at the Texas Fertility Center want patients to know that male infertility is as common as female infertility. Fertility problems in men can be caused by many factors, including structural issues and hormonal imbalances. As a result, there are many ways to treat the causes of male infertility.
One treatment is clomiphene citrate or Clomid, a drug that our fertility specialists in Austin also use to treat female infertility. Doctors suggest Clomid for men with low sperm count.
Clomid for men is used when the low semen count is due to low testosterone.
In some men, low sperm count is caused by low levels of testosterone. It may seem logical to give more testosterone to a man with low testosterone; however, it can shrink your semen. The situation is similar in women, because estrogen-based birth control pills prevent eggs and ovulation.
Clomid treatment is different for men and women
While men and women can benefit from taking Clomid, the treatment regimen is different. Our fertility specialists in Austin recommend that a woman take Clomid for five days at the start of the cycle. However, a man will need to take Clomid every day because the production of sperm takes place every day. A typical starting dose for a man is 25 mg of Clomid or half a pill per day.
A man can overreact to Clomid by producing too much testosterone. Because it may reduce his semen, it is important to retest male hormone levels a few weeks after starting the medication. If your testosterone level is too high, you can take half a tablet every other day.
It takes 90-108 days between the production of sperm in the testes and their ejaculation, so it takes a person to see results from Clomid. Therefore, a man should not stop taking the drug until he gets better after the fourth month of treatment.