Category: Male Factor Infertility


Combat Injuries and Male Infertility

By Steven Waxman, M.D., J.D.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, have resulted in over 50,000 United States combat related injuries. Injuries to the genitals or urinary organs accounted for roughly one in twenty of all these injuries in male troops.

The vast majority of these injuries were puncturing (penetrating) in nature, and...

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Male Infertility: Some Thoughts for Inquiring Men Who Want to “Do It Yourself”

While the state of fertility and infertility knowledge has grown enormously since the first IVF baby was born, one would be hard pressed to understand the role of men in the equation if you read only the popular press. A cursory view of non-scientific literature would leave you thinking that male reproductive health must be great, since there isn't much...

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Fertility Alert: New Hope For Fatherhood in Men With Klinefelter Syndrome

Chromosomes. They're the thread-like structures found inside the cells of living organisms. The pigeon has 80 chromosomes. A pineapple has 50. But among the factors that make us uniquely human, is the presence of 46 chromosomes. As the cement in the foundation of our bodies, chromosomes contain all of our genes and DNA. The two sex chromosomes (X and Y) are responsible...

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Male Infertility: Some Thoughts for Inquiring Men Who Want to “Do It Yourself”

With Father's Day fast upon us and June officially designated as Male Reproductive Health Month it makes sense to take a look at the current state of affairs for men who want to reproduce and are having difficulty with the process. A cursory view of popular periodical literature would leave you thinking that the state of male reproductive health must...

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Upgrading Fertility Status with Varicocele Repair

The most common identifiable cause of infertility in men is a varicocele. Approximately one third of infertile men who have never fathered a child have a varicocele, and up to 80% of men who were once fertile, but are now infertile, also have a varicocele. Varicoceles are abnormally enlarged veins draining the testicles. They cause pooling of blood in the scrotum...

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Path2Parenthood's Top Ten Fertility Myths

As a psychotherapist working in the field of reproductive medicine I have counseled hundreds of women and men about fertility-related issues, from preserving one's fertility and contraception to problems with conceiving and pregnancy. It is rare to find individuals who do not have mistaken ideas about their fertility. Numerous times women believe that looking youthful will translate into extending their...

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The Male Biological Clock

Say "biological clock" and most people think of women. Most people know that a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs at some point and that natural fertility ends with menopause. But most people don't know that men have biological clocks too.

The male equivalent to menopause is andropause, which is a steady drop in the levels of male sex hormones that...

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