Can depression affect male fertility? | powerful enough to decrease sperm count?

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Yes, depression is very much capable to decrease the sperm count and affect male fertility.

Depression is simply a mood disorder resulting in loss of interest in almost everything.

What is depression? How is it linked to male infertility?

Depression is the illness of the brain. It develops when neurotransmitters in the brain fail to work efficiently and cannot transmit signal effectively. Depression is also known as a chemical imbalance or serotonin deficiency in the body.

Furthermore, depression is related to decreased levels of estrogen,  low serotonin and lower level of endocrine secretions.

Let’s understand the hormonal activity related to depression and further to male fertility.

Hormones can affect:

  • energy levels,
  • mood and
  • even weight gain.

Hormones produced by endocrine glands influence:

  • growth and development,
  • mood,
  • sexual function,
  • reproduction and
  • Most of all, metabolism.

Depression is linked with neurons, neurotransmitters and efficient synapse action.

Also, depression negatively stimulates the endocrine glands.

Endocrine glands secretion regulate:

  • body stress and
  • sexual development but depression stimulates it negatively and thus produce unwanted effects.

Studies have found that most people who are depressed have abnormal levels of some hormones in their body despite having healthy glands. Thus, these hormonal irregularities may be related to some depressive symptoms such as:

  • loss of appetite,
  • Healthy lifestyle and
  • less sleep.

Furthermore, it is also seen that people who have endocrine disorders sometimes develop depression and vice versa. 

The endocrine system regulates male fertility.

The endocrine system monitors and balances the hormonal levels in the body. In depression, there may occur hormonal imbalance and thus depression feedback process may not function properly.

Most of all, hormonal imbalance also leads to severe clinical depression.


What are the specific hormones which decrease male fertility?

Estrogen is a hormone which is related to depression and regulates male fertility.

Decreased estrogen =  increased depression = decreased fertility.

Depression is a cause of high estrogen levels and lowers testosterone levels

Let’s see how Estrogen and testosterone (which is a male sex hormone) are interlinked.

We can say that estrogen is inversely proportional to testosterone.

Also, in the teenage when testosterone is high and estrogen is low and as we grow older the testosterone level comes down and estrogen level increases.

What is estrogen?

An estrogen is a group of hormones which play a very important role in the sexual and reproductive health of both men and women. It is also known as a sex hormone.

It helps to regulate:

  • sexual development,
  • the productivity of sperms,
  • erection and overall sexual health.
  • moreover, it regulates food,
  • Body,
  • Furthermore, muscle fat,
  • body weight,
  • Mos of all, glucose metabolism in the body.

Estrogen actually is produced in female ovaries and other female reproductive organs. Since men lack female anatomy, they synthesize it with the help of an enzyme when testosterone is converted into estrogen.

Hormones are always balanced by the body. Any imbalance can lead to body malfunction.

Now let us see what are the effects of very high and very low estrogen levels in the body.

Very high estrogen levels lead to:

  • prostate cancer,
  • heart disease,
  • Gynecomastia (low enlarged breast in men),
  • increased body fat,
  • sexual dysfunction,
  • low libido,
  • less morning erections,
  • furthermore, erectile dysfunction,
  • increased abdominal fat,
  • loss of muscle mass,
  • depression,
  • Most of all, type 2 diabetes.

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Very low estrogen levels lead to:

  • dramatically same symptoms as high estrogen levels. i.e.
  • regulation of body fat,
  • sexual function,
  • erectile dysfunction,
  • Moreover, increased cardiovascular disease,
  • diabetes,
  • metabolic syndrome,
  • decreased bone strength and
  • Most of all, increased risk of fractures.

Thus decreases male fertility.

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How is testosterone related to depression and how it affects male fertility? Testosterone is produced by male testes and is responsible for sex drive.

To know the answer we have to study the effect of very high and very low testosterone levels inside the body.

Low level of testosterone lead to

  • Fatigue,
  • low sex drive,
  • loss of muscle mass,
  • erectile dysfunction,
  • Moreover, decreased mental deficiency,
  • mood swings,
  • less energy,
  • decreased libido,
  • difficulty in concentrating,
  • low stamina,
  • low mental aggression,
  • Furthermore, increased depression and anxiety,
  • increased weight,
  • greater mood swings,
  • lower self-esteem,
  • Most of all, low body hair and thin bones.


Very high testosterone levels lead to:

  • Weight gain,
  • oily skin,
  • difficulty in concentrating,
  • acne,
  • baldness,
  • guys go green go crazy for girls,
  • increase in RBC,
  • men tend to consume more liquor,
  • smoke even more,
  • likely to take a risk and get injured. (risk such as sexual risks and criminal act etc).
  • higher BP.
  • Furthermore, infertility and
  • alteration in sex organs.
  • higher testosterone = higher DHT levels. DHT is a sex hormone and responsible for male characteristics such as beard and deep voice.
  • Most of all, High DHT is responsible for increased acne and Baldness.

When testosterone levels are high, the brain may signal the body to stop producing testosterone. Therefore, it may lead to shrinkage of the testicles which will further lead to lower sperm count.

Testosterone can be diagnosed simply via blood test and support Protein synthesis.

During the workout, muscle cell tend to breaks so and protein is required to rebuild the muscles where testosterone comes into play.

Now we know that any imbalance in hormonal activity in the body will lead to negative effects and malfunction in our body.

Depression will lead to abnormality in estrogen and testosterone levels which further result in:

  • Low sperm count,
  • Shrinkage of testes,
  • Lesser fertility,
  • Erectile dysfunction and
  • Loss of muscle mass.
  • Most of all, Decreased sperm mobility.

[see: superfoods help you regain fertility.]

Antidepressants such as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may cause infertility in males.


Other factors of low sperm count and male infertility are:

  • Exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Do not keep your cell phone near your sex organ and never keep the laptop computer on the lap,
  • Thus, increased smoking,
  • increased alcohol intake,
  • inhaling plastic fumes,
  • Moreover, overheating of testicles,

Stress = depression = hormone imbalance = low sperm count.

Thus, decreases male fertility. 

Clinical causes of male fertility:

  • infection related to sperm production,
  • varicocele (swelling of the vein that drains testicle),
  • antibodies that attack sperm,
  • undescended testicles,
  • hormonal imbalance,
  • chromosome defect,

Environmental cause,

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  • industrial Chemicals,
  • metal exposure,
  • breathing polluted air,
  • exposure to x-ray and
  • overheating of testes.


How can I my revive my sexual fertility?

  • Go for a diet change: eat super foods rich in zinc such as liver, oysters, lamb, Turkey, peas, shrimp etc.
  • intake Selenium: sources nuts, liver, codfish, tuna, Salmon, shrimp etc.
  • Get Vitamin E, C, D, folic acids, antioxidants,
  • consume Amla juice (Indian gooseberry),
  • balance your hormone levels,
  • cleanse your body of excess hormones and toxins (this can be done by male fertility cleanse)
  • eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables to get rid of excess estrogen.
  • live a Healthy lifestyle,
  • Moreover, avoid alcohol,
  • quit smoking (not even a single one),
  • exercise regularly. This releases happy hormones in the body and you feel more lively and energetic do yoga, meditate and build up your strong neuron connections,
  • Furthermore, get Enough vitamin D from the sun,
  • consume Vitamin C from citrus foods,
  • relax and increase your focus as “focus- the sharper it is, the shaper you are”
  • take fenugreek supplements,
  • consume Ashwagandha,
  • eat MACA root available in Peru,
  • Shed extra kilos,
  • sleep more (body recovery time)
  • Most of all, snack on walnuts.

[see: superfoods help you regain fertility.]

Some extra tips.

Worried about infertility issue? Not able to conceive a baby?

Remember these points

  • have sex at right time. so it increases chances of conception.
  • Know her cycle. Roughly 12 to 14 days after the first day of her period is when she may Ovulate.
  • Moreover, have perfect timing. You do not want to have sex to 3 days before ovulation so that your sperm supply is build up nicely.
  • Use sperm friendly lubrication,
  • Also, Choose the right sex position such that the sperm released beaches the ovum easily.



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