When a woman suffers from infertility because of ovulation issues, her doctor may prescribe Clomid to increase her chances of conceiving. Men with low sperm counts who are trying to father children may also benefit from Clomid treatment. Clomid increases sperm production while also increasing fertility.
While Clomid is considered off-label use by the FDA for treating males, it is often prescribed for treatment of male infertility and other conditions relating to low sperm and testosterone levels.
A Manhattan Clomid treatment doctor conducts a thorough evaluation before putting male patients on the medication. Contact a skilled doctor today to learn more.
Why is Clomid a better alternative for some men with low testosterone than testosterone supplementation? The answer lies in fertility restoration. While testosterone therapy provides many of the same effects for men with low testosterone as Clomid, it may reduce fertility.
Consequently, for men who want children, Clomid may be the better option. Testosterone therapy may also have stronger side effects in some men.
Some men may have difficulty having children because of varicocele, a venous abnormality in the scrotum. While surgery can relieve varicocele, it takes longer for sperm production to ramp up. Some men may opt to try to boost sperm counts and fertility through Clomid rather than undergo surgery.
Clomid is not only prescribed for men wishing to have children. It is also effective for men diagnosed with hypogonadism. This condition occurs when a man’s body does not produce sufficient testosterone. Symptoms include:
Risks that could lead to hypogonadism include prior radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatment, sleep apnea, undescended testicles, HIV/AIDS, mumps, and testicular injury. Depending on the individual patient, Clomid is prescribed for several months to return testosterone levels to normal or used on a permanent basis.
Male treatment with Clomid differs significantly from that for females. In men, the drug is usually prescribed for daily use for a period of at least three months, with about one week off the medication per month. Administration is simple, as Clomid is a pill. It can take three months or more for results to occur, especially in terms of fertility.
However, the dosage amount and schedule depend on the patient. During the treatment period, the doctor will monitor testosterone levels via blood work.
In women, side effects with Clomid are due to changes in estrogen levels and may cause moodiness. That is not usually the case with men, although some may experience mood swings. Generally, the drug has few, if any, side effects in male patients. Some men may experience nipple tenderness.
However, some men taking Clomid have issues with blurry vision, which can cause long-term sight problems. Patients who experience any type of vision changes while taking Clomid should notify the doctor as soon as possible. Other possible Clomid side effects in men include acne and weight gain.
Clomid may be a solution for men suffering from infertility and hypogonadism. Treatment can help patients have children, diminish the effects of erectile dysfunction, and increase concentration.
If you would like more information about Clomid treatment for men and whether you are a candidate, call the Manhattan office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson works out of his Connecticut office which as about an hour outside of Manhattan.