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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My Experience with Fertility Diagnostic Testing

-Prenatal vitamins. Check.

-Downloading an ovulation app to track my cycles. Check.

-More yoga and attempting to meditate. Check…well, definite increase in wearing yoga pants, check.

-Ripping apart the medicine cabinet to check ingredient lists—goodbye for now, my beloved retinoids. Check.

-Fertility diagnostic testing. Check.

I am part of a growing trend of wom...

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Embryo Donation: A Closer Look at This Family Building Option

If you are undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), your doctor will try to safely produce as many eggs as possible for fertilization and hopefully, pregnancy. One to two embryos will be implanted per attempt and if any are left over, frozen (cryopreserved) and stored for future use. According to the non-profit National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), there are over 625,000 cryopreserved...

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