The most commonly used definition of infertility is the lack of pregnancy after 1 year of unprotected regular intercourse. Infertility affects 10-15% of all couples who are attempting to become pregnant.
More than 90% of male infertility is due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. Examination of semen and sperm is commonly performed in the evaluation of infertility.
There are several factors that can affect fertility in a man that must be considered.
The goals of care are the determination of any reversible causes of infertility and the initiation of appropriate treatments to maximize reproductive potential. The decision to undergo fertility treatment should be reached only after thorough consideration of the available treatments, potential outcomes (multiple births, failure to conceive), and expense, as well as the emotional and religious factors that may impact on this process.
The Medifocus Guide on Male Infertility provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
Are there any recognized risk factors for developing male infertility?
What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of male infertility?
What is the current standard of care for the treatment of male infertility?
What treatment options are available for the management of male infertility?
Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in male infertility?
Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for male infertility?
What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about male infertility?
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
The environmental impact on male fertility. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. 2000
Varicocele is associated with abnormal retention of cytoplasmic droplets by human spermatozoa. Fertility & Sterility. 2000
Genetics and male infertility. Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2000
Endocrine disruptors and human health--is there a problem? An update. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2000
Deteriorating trends in male reproduction: idiopathic or environmental?. Animal Reproduction Science. 2000
Transurethral resection of the ejaculatory duct. International Journal of Urology. 2000
The role of Y chromosome deletions in male infertility. European Journal of Endocrinology. 2000
Kinin-enhancing drugs for unexplained subfertility in men. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [computer file]. 2000
Cost-effective infertility care. Human Reproduction Update. 2000
Male infertility and environmental exposure to lead and cadmium. Human Reproduction Update. 2000
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