Content in this special section was created or selected by the Everyday Health editorial team and is funded by an advertising sponsor. The sponsor does not edit or influence the content but may suggest the general topic area. We respect your privacy. A study published in August in the Journal of Pregnancy found that women with hypothyroidism were less likely to become pregnant — and more likely to take longer to become pregnant — than women without the condition. Hypothyroidism can affect fertility in men as well, according to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada. Although hypothyroidism is less common in men, those who do have an underactive thyroid may have low libido and low sperm count, according to a review of research published in November in Frontiers in Endocrinology in November Additionally, hypothyroidism can lead to fatigue in both men and women.
Low sperm count is a condition called oligospermia. This is the term used to describe a sperm count less than 15 million sperm per ml. If there are no sperm at all in the semen sample, the condition is termed azoospermia. When you are trying to have children, the number of sperm ejaculated is quite important.
The thyroid hormones impact all cells in the body and are necessary for virtually all the bodily functions. Thyroid hormones are important in all the phases of egg growth, sperm maturation, and survival of a fertilized egg 1—3. T3 hormone helps thicken uterine lining endometrium , which is a prerequisite for implantation of a fertilized egg.
Pallav Sengupta and Sulagna Dutta. Thyroid hormones and their impacts on male reproduction have been reported in numerous studies in past few decades. They are the crucial players in the regulation of male gonadal developments and reproductive functions.