Im 28 and have been using precribed Androgel 1% 5g. for the last year.

My testosterone level before was 198 - now im at 350-370. im feeling much better (moods, energy, etc.)

I was wondering if the use of this prescription could make me infertile? What should I be doing to ensure that I do not become infertile using this medicine? Im thinking about having kids within the next three years.

I read online that over the counter aromatase inhibitors may be helpful for this!

Many thanks!


Yes, using supplemental testosterone will reduce sperm count and could make you infertile.  The only way to avoid this is to stop taking the testosterone when you want to start a family.  You'll need to talk to your physicians about this and possibly an endocrinologist.


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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.


Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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