Male Fertility

 

Clomid for Male Infertility

Clomid is a medication which is commonly used as a treatment for female infertility. It can also be used to treat some cases of male infertility. In women, Clomid is used to induce ovulation or to produce multiple eggs.  When Clomid is prescribed for men, it can increase your testosterone level and improve your sperm count.

Just as women have low levels of testosterone in their bodies, men have certain female hormones in their bodies. Men also produce FSH and LH, which stimulate the production of testosterone and sperm. In men, FSH stimulates the testes to produce sperm similar to the way it stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs in women. Low FSH and LH levels can sometimes be a cause of low sperm counts.

How Clomid Works for Men

When men are given Clomid, it blocks the action of estrogen on the pituitary gland, causing an increase in the FSH and LH hormone levels.  Higher levels of FSH and LH will boost testosterone production in men, which may improve sperm counts.

If your sperm count is low, Dr Gehlbach may order blood tests to determine if you are a candidate for treatment with Clomid. Usually, the tests will include measurements of FSH, LH, and testosterone levels. 
Clomid is an inexpensive option to help improve sperm counts and testosterone levels with relatively few side effects. Some patients experience hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, headaches and temporarily blurred vision. Let Dr. Gehlbach know if you have any unusual symptoms while taking Clomid.

Men who are taking Clomid must take the medication on a daily basis because new sperm is produced every day. The typical dose is one-half a tablet per day, or 25mg of Clomid.  While on Clomid, we will regularly check hormone levels to confirm an adequate response to the medication. The dose of Clomid can be custom tailored to the man’s specific needs based upon the lab results. As with any other medicine, it will take time, usually several months, to determine if Clomid is having a beneficial effect on the sperm count.