Stereotypical muscle-bound heterosexual alpha males are no more or less likely to be fertile than other males. In fact, anabolic steroids and synthetic testosterone are known to interfere with sperm production. So, ironically, these lifestyle choices can actually negatively impact fertility. If you have a history of anabolic steroid or testosterone use and are trying to become a father, a male fertility test – semen analysis – can determine if you have a normal sperm count. If not, a male fertility specialist can create a plan with you to manage your testosterone while optimizing sperm production.
Beyond just physical appearances, our societal view of masculinity includes the expectation that a masculine male is one who has the ability to achieve professional success, produce offspring and provide for his family. While these stereotypes are deeply rooted in our culture, we are starting to see change and understanding that high achieving, successful males are no more or less likely to be fertile than other males. Male factor infertility or a low sperm count is not a measure of masculinity, it is a medical condition that is most often treatable!