Klinefelter syndrome is a rare condition that has fewer than 200,000 cases in the U.S. a year. It is when men have an extra chromosome (XXY). Men who have Klinefelter syndrome are unaware that they have the condition until they run into the problem of conceiving. Men who have Klinefelter syndrome produce little to no sperm. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be treated. Treatment that men may receive is testosterone replacement and fertility treatment.
Once the right treatment is in place, men can live a normal, healthy life. It can’t be inherited. So, if a father has Klinefelter syndrome, there is no guarantee that his son will have it. There is nothing that can be done to prevent it, but there are some common symptoms that men can look out for. The symptoms that a man with an extra chromosome has will progress as he gets older.
1. Small penis and testicles
are common in Klinefelter syndrome. Men will notice that they have a small penis when they are young boys and teenagers. When men have small testicles and a small penis, they are likely to produce less sperm than normal. Some men with small testicles are still fertile, but with this condition, this isn’t the case. Sperm is produced in the testicles, so the penis size contributes to how much sperm is produced. Men will need to seek treatment from a medical professional to get help on how they can become fertile. In order to become fertile, men go through fertility treatments.
Women may think the reason that they’re unable to conceive is because of their age or they’re not healthy. Sometimes it can be because of her spouse having a low sperm count. No over-the-counter treatments will work. In order to get to the root of the problem, men need to get tests done by their doctor.