When my wife and I decided to have our daughter, we had a hard time conceiving….
No big surprise there, because I had small testicles and very low testosterone levels at the time, so why should I expect anything else?
We eventually went to see a fertility doc, and he was a pretty good one.
During our consultation I asked his opinion on the biggest cause of infertility in men. His answer surprised me at the time, but it wouldn’t have the same effect now.
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He put the blame on body fat.
But not just having too much, because having too little is just as bad from a fertility perspective, according to him.
Here’s how he explained it to me at the time….
There are four hormones that must work in concert for you to produce mature sperm cells at ideal levels.
Gonadotropin releasing hormone comes first because it’s job is to stimulate your pituitary gland to produce the next two: luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones.
Luteinizing keeps things moving along by sending a message to your leydig cells that it’s time to rev up testosterone production.
Follicle-stimulating hormone goes to work next as it signals the seminiferous tubules in your testicles to produce more sperm.
This distinction is important, because if any one of these hormones misfires, the final step won’t take place…
A complete spermatogenesis cycle.
This is important too, because it doesn’t matter how many spermatozoa you produce, if most of them are immature.
What you need are mature sperm cells that are capable of fertilizing an egg.
And a complete cycle where all four of these hormones are working together is what you need to accomplish this task.
Here’s how the spermatogenesis process works in the video below (then keep reading)…
They then divide one final time into two separate spermatids.
And it’s only after this final division that mature sperm cells are created that are capable of impregnating a female.
And according to the fertility doc, excess OR low body weight both throw a wrench into this process because fat balance is closely associated with the production of all of these hormones.
Small Testicles and Fertility – A Suggestion….
If you’re having fertility issues, I’m going to give you a rundown on what I did to conceive with my wife…
I didn’t actually go through the treatment with the fertility doc, I decided to lose some weight first and try again.
It took me about six weeks to lose 15 pounds…
After the weight came off we implemented the high volume method and had sex everyday for four weeks straight.
This may sound like fun, but trust me, it was a lot of work, especially for a guy who had low sex drive to begin with.
But the plan worked.
And I’ve got the offspring to prove that these proactive steps did the trick for me and that I didn’t really need the services of a fertility doctor after all.
And this saved me a lot of time, hassle and money that I didn’t wind up spending at my local pharmacy.
A quick side-note….
I also had my wife drink red raspberry leaf tea during this four week period.
I took this step because red raspberry leaf has been rumored to increase the quality of a female’s eggs.
Midwives have known about this leaf for decades and many of them swear by it. The way I looked at it, it was safe so we had nothing to lose.
If you’re looking to conceive yourself I suggest you give these natural methods a try first…
Fat balance – High Volume Sex – Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
And last but not least…..
- Is Semen Quality Affected By Male Body Fat Distribution? DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2005.00671.x
- Male Obesity and Alteration in Sperm Parameters http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(07)03775-2/abstract
- Spermatogenesis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spermatogenesis