Concerns about sexual health and infertility are more common among men than you might think. Consider talking to a urologist if you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant without success. The doctor may assess your risk factors of male infertility, which can include underlying medical problems such as sickle cell disease, tumors, and obesity. Men are also at a higher risk of infertility if they have a history of undescended testicles, testicular trauma, major pelvic or abdominal surgery, or long-term exposure to environmental toxins.
Sometimes, treatments for medical conditions can affect a man’s fertility. Let your doctor know about all of the medicines you’re taking, and whether you’ve previously had cancer treatments. Expect the urologist to ask you some questions about your lifestyle. The use of tobacco, alcohol, and some illicit substances can increase the risk of infertility.