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An important goal of the SSMR is to educate our patients and couples about male infertility. Education is an important part of a patient’s experience with infertility. We want you, the patient, to be informed and able to make choices that are right for you in your journey towards fertility. Every few months we will feature an article written by one of our male infertility specialists


Effective Communication with your Male Infertility Doctor

Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive within one year of trying. A common misconception is that infertility is a woman’s problem. However, a male factor may be contributory in to up to 50% of infertile couples.   Read More...


Sexual Function and Male Infertility

Can sexual dysfunction affect my fertility?
What are the symptoms of the different kinds of sexual dysfunction?
Can being infertile cause ED?   Read More...


Metabolic Syndrome and Male Infertility

Are you overweight, suffer from diabetes or have high blood pressure? Then you might be at risk for having the metabolic syndrome.   Read More...


Factors for a good prognosis in patients undergoing vasectomy reversal

There are two ways we can consider success after vasectomy reversal, sperm returning to the ejaculate of the man (surgical success) and pregnancy (overall success). We have very little control over the latter since this is very dependent on the female partner. However, we do have control over the former since this is a result of patient selection, experience and technique.   Read More...


Nutritional Recommendations for Male Infertility Patients

It is estimated that one in eight couples have difficulty with conception. Of those who have difficulty, approximately 50% of the time, there is an issue with the male partner (i.e., male factor). Fortunately, it is relatively easy to assess whether there is a male factor present or not by having the male collect a semen sample and have it analyzed in a laboratory. This is called a semen analysis.   Read More...


The Role of Sperm DNA Fragmentation in the Evaluation of the Male Fertility Patient

DNA is the genetic information contained in all cells, including sperm. Intact sperm DNA is necessary for normal egg fertilization. Sperm that has DNA with breaks in the strands is abnormal, and is called “DNA fragmentation.” This may cause sperm to function poorly and is not measured by the standard semen analysis. There are situations where sometimes the standard semen analysis does not tell us the entire story. Therefore testing for DNA breaks or fragmentation may be helpful to identify a male factor problem in some cases.   Read More...


Diabetes and Male Infertility: What Are the Concerns?

Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic with significant impacts on multiple aspects of men’s health. 3.5 in every 1000 reproductive aged men (18-45 years old) in the United States are living with diabetes.   Read More...


America’s (Human Papilloma Virus) HPV Vaccination Rate: A National Shame

The US government’s set of health goals for the nation, includes a target male HPV vaccination rate of 80% by 2020. That rate in 2013 was estimated to be about 14%.   Read More...


Is There a Paternal (Sperm) Contribution to Embryo Development?

Human embryo development begins when the paternal sperm fuses with the maternal egg, forming a zygote. Both the sperm and the egg contribute DNA, or genetic material, to the newly formed zygote, and this genetic material is packaged as chromosomes.   Read More...

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