Being aware of common infertility symptoms helps you avoid some frustration and disappointment when trying to father a child. Infertility symptoms are signs and signals from your body that indicate you may need medical help in order to have children. Not all men have infertility symptoms even if the condition exists, but take special note if the symptoms apply to you. Talk to your doctor about your options.
- Having unprotected sex for at least six months with no results. A healthy woman will generally conceive within six months of unprotected sex. Although other factors may be delaying pregnancy, such as environmental conditions or certain medications, this may be a sign of male infertility.
- Testicular problems. Having one testicle that is smaller than the other or a physical mass that is present on a testicle, such as an unusual lump, is a symptom of infertility. Testicles that seem smaller than normal or if you are experiencing pain and swelling in the area also indicate fertility problems.
- Ejaculation issues. A chronically small amount of ejaculation or difficulty ejaculating in general is often a symptom of infertility. The sperm being produced is unable to leave the body due to obstruction or blockage and can not enter the partner's vagina to fertilize her eggs.
- Low sperm count. A low sperm count does not necessarily interfere with the amount of ejaculation, but the fluids contain little to no viable sperm.
- Decrease in head or body hair. A lessening in the amount of hair may indicate a hormonal imbalance or other physical problem that is related to the infertility.
- Impotence. Impotence, a condition in which the male cannot perform sexually, is a symptom of a fertility problem. The sperm cannot be delivered if the male cannot achieve or maintain an erection to reach the point of ejaculation.