Finasteride And Male Infertility
Recently I did I sperm test, as I was worried about the effects that Finasteride has had on my sperm.
I was not told that the drug had side effects and I took it for 3 months when I was 23.
I originally went to the doctor as I had a very sore prostate, perineum, testes, abdominals and back and the sperm test was the result.
I had 50% motility, 35mil sperm per/ml but 0% morphology.
Could this possibly be improved?
I am extremely scared that I have permanently harmed my chances to have children. This is made worse as I did not need the medication as I did not realise at the time that love truly is blind.Answer:
There are many causes that can affect sperm cell morphology:
Lack of specific nutrients
It is hard to say if taking Finasteride has permanently affected your fertility. I have a feeling your sperm mophology can be improved naturally with some help. I say this because your other semen parameters seem to be within the normal range, even if on the low side.
Finasteride is a drug that can pose serious side effects on male fertility and male sexual health, so I do understand your concern.
Finasteride is a synthetic medication often routinely prescribed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB). It is commonly sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia.
Researchers from George Washington University reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine Finasteride may be linked to a side effect of sexual dysfunction, which may be permanent. The side effects of this drug are many like teratogenity, prostate cancer, anxiety, depression, male breast cancer, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, etc.
The FDA warns that women who may be pregnant or that are going to get pregnant should not touch or handle this drug, if the tablets are broken, as it can cause birth defects in male babies. This drug inhibits the function of the enzyme Type II & III 5α-reductase preventing the conversion of testosterone to 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a stronger form of testosterone and necessary for normal development of male genitalia.
Men who took Finasteride may become “DHT deficient” as a result. This can cause low fertility and the other array of side effects on male sexual function because their body has lost the ability to make the stronger version of testosterone. The question is if this is a permanent effect or it can be remediated. Some studies show that Finasteride may have long term effects on erectile problems, but nor so much on fertility.
Finasteride is a lipophilic drug, which means it is soluble in fat and thus not soluble in water (harder to excrete). It is
mostly metabolized in the liver. I don’t know if this drug or its metabolites can stay in the body longer than the time a person ingests the drug. It is possible that the levels may be low and difficult to detect, but enough to continue to stimulate tissues and organs. So, in order to prevent side effects a liver cleanse is necessary. Of course, this is just my opinion.
My advice is to follow the Male Fertility Cleanse
You can do any liver cleanse, I just like the male fertility cleanse because it is the best one I have come across that addresses male fertility as well as liver cleansing at once. It is also made of high quality and safe herbs. This is a must when looking for an herbal cleansing remedy.
Once you have completed the cleanse, you will need to support your reproductive organs to make healthy sperms.
Studies have shown that Saw Palmetto, the scientific name is Serenoa repens
, can really help modulate testosterone levels naturally. Saw palmetto extract is used to treat hyperplasia of the prostate gland because it inhibits the action of testosterone on the prostatic tissue. It is interesting to know that Saw palmetto extract has a similar action of Finasteride to inhibit the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, blocking the binding of DHT to androgen receptors, but without the same serious side effects.
Other herbs that are known to support male hormonal balance are Tribulus and Maca.
In order to make healthy sperm that are morphologically normal and with intact DNA, it is important to supplement with anti-oxidants like
CoQ10 helps improve sperm motility, sperm count, and sperm morphology.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant found in seminal fluid.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 Alpha Lipoic Acid to protect sperm from oxidative damage and prevent sperm clumping.
Selenium to support the secretion of spermatic fluids.
Folic Acid for sperm cell integrity.
Zinc helps to stabilize the DNA-containing chromatin in the spermatozoa.
Vitamin B6 and B12 to help increase sperm count.
If you want to support your sperm production it is important to supplement with fertility vitamins and herbal remedies for a period of at least of 4 months before doing another sperm analysis.
This time is necessary to allow the body to produce brand new sperms. Yes, your body has the ability to make new sperm from scratch every 4 months!
There are many products on the market, I would recommend The Male Factor Formula
Make sure to pair this with a healthy diet and a healthy life style. If you use a cell phone with Wi-Fi capability DO NOT KEEP IT ON YOUR BODY, especially do not keep it in your pants pocket near your reproductive organs!
I hope this helps you to get started!