Ibuprofen Use May Have a Negative Impact On Male Fertility

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When a couple is trying to conceive, the focus is often on the female partner. Many women will learn to track their periods, check for ovulation, and identify their fertile window. The male side of the equation should not be overlooked, however, including how ibuprofen use may have a negative impact on male fertility. For […]

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Should Men Refrain or Repair Varicoceles That Could Cause Infertility?

Should Men Refrain or Repair Varicoceles That Could Cause Infertility?

Clinical varicoceles are common. They represent as a dilated grouping of veins and the added temperature imparted, or decrease in testicular vascular drainage are believed to affect negatively the testicular environment. This altered environment is believed to alter sperm parameters. Some may be symptomatic, affording men a dull, achy pain with intercourse.  Others, a common […]

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Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Investigators from the University of Padova in Italy reported at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting March 2018 that low sperm count is a marker of men’s general health. Men (n=5177) from infertile couples with a low sperm count had a 12-fold increase of having low testosterone. They also had higher body mass index, waist circumference, […]

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New Structure Discovered in Human Sperm Tails

New Structure Discovered in Human Sperm Tails

Sperm are essential for reproduction. Normal sperm parameters (count, motility and morphology) are important for fertilization to occur following intercourse. In order for sperm to be motile, a highly effective sperm tail is needed to propel the sperm though the cervix and uterus into the fallopian tube to find the ovulated egg. A new structure […]

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Over-The-Counter Pain Killers Adversely Affect Sperm

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Sperm production in Western countries have decreased by 50% over the past 40 years. Reasons for this phenomenon have been largely unknown. A study published this week in the journal, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” revealed that libido, male hormone production (LH & Testosterone), and sperm production are negatively affected by common over […]

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Influence of Paternal Age on Pregnancy Outcome

Paternal Age pregnancy

People are waiting longer to have a family. The availability of donor eggs has allowed many older couples to also start or complete their families later in life. Advance paternal age greater than age 50 is associated with many epigenetic phenomena in children including autism, dwarfism and even premenopausal breast cancer in women whose fathers […]

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Risks of Advanced Paternal Age

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Well studied are the effects of maternal age and risk for miscarriage and aneuploidy (abnormal number of chromosomes). Less attention was focused on the risks of advanced paternal age. The average age of a woman having her first child has increased over the last two decades. Sensibly, so has the number of older men fathering children. […]

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The Male Influence

Male Influence Parenting

Let not the male counterpart be the forgotten part of the equation in looking at fertility health. The male influence does affect IVF outcome. In a report by Eisenberg et al, researchers have analyzed over 5000 IVF cycles over a ten year mark. They assessed IVF pregnancy rates as well as how the fetuses and […]

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Zika Virus Could Cause Infertility in Men

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A study just published in the scientific journal NATURE found that Zika virus could cause infertility in men. The study showed that mice infected with Zika had shrunken testicles, low testosterone levels and low sperm counts. These findings according to researchers are most likely irreversible since infected cells within the testicles are destroyed. Whether Zika […]

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Overlooking the Sperm

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When a couple is trying to conceive, the focus is often on the female partner. Many women will learn to track their periods, check for ovulation, and identify their fertile window. All too often, we are overlooking the sperm. For men, there is a wide range of lifestyle factors and medications that can impact their […]

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