Educational Needs & Objectives
The main educational need for this talk is the complexity and poor predictive ability of the current tools to counsel patients with male infertility. Although some advancements have been made, such as with DNA fragmentation, clinically available epigenetic testing, advanced sperm assays, hormone testing and other data linking male fertility to ART outcomes, the overall data does not clearly demonstrate which patients will respond to a given therapy. With advances in genetics, genomics, proteomics and epigenetics, other diseases, cancer being the most obvious example, are able to provide personalized healthcare. Further, spermatogonial stem cell culture has the potential to revolutionize our field but the exact state of this research is not widely known among urologists. We will showcase how these technologies can and will impact the field of male infertility so providers can better counsel their patients.
At the conclusion of the SSMR at the AUA 2018 Annual Meeting, attendees will be able to:
- Counsel patients about the limitations of a semen analysis.
- Describe available sperm selection techniques.
- Outline the impact that culturing spermatogonial stem cells would have on male infertility.