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The Doctor Who Devotes His Career to Helping Men Become Fathers Finally Joins the “Club”

It’s 2:00 a.m. as I write this. My wife is up nursing our nearly seven-week-old daughter and I can’t fall back to sleep. This newborn phase, though I know it will pass quickly, is equal parts exhausting and amazing. I imagine like any new parent, much about life and the way I lived it pre-fatherhood … Continue reading The Doctor Who Devotes His Career to Helping Men Become Fathers Finally Joins the “Club”

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Why Robotic Surgery Isn’t The Best Method for Male Infertility Treatments

When it comes to many treatable conditions, people often equate the successful treatment of those conditions with latest technology available to treat them. Would it surprise you to learn that the latest technology might not be the best method of treatment delivery for certain conditions? Take robotic surgery for example. There’s a lot in the … Continue reading Why Robotic Surgery Isn’t The Best Method for Male Infertility Treatments

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TESTICULAR MAPPING IN MEN WITH NOA: GREAT IDEA OR COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME?

What’s The Best Treatment Approach for Men With Non-Obstructive Azoospermia? We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby Advances in reproductive medicine over the last 10 years have allowed men who were previously considered absolutely sterile to father biological children. Those advances have come on two fronts. The first was the advent of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with … Continue reading TESTICULAR MAPPING IN MEN WITH NOA: GREAT IDEA OR COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME?

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IVF Failure: Is Sperm Quality to Blame?

In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), the process whereby a single sperm is injected into an egg in order to fertilize it has been a world-wide breakthrough in conception over the past few decades. This technology has lowered the requirement for the amount of viable sperm needed to conceive from millions to only … Continue reading IVF Failure: Is Sperm Quality to Blame?

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IVF: It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right

Each year, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), compiles and releases data and statistics on a number of factors involving IVF clinics in the United States. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) statistics, released in February of 2013 but for the 2010 data year, show yet … Continue reading IVF: It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right

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Obesity and Male Infertility

Obesity has risen dramatically over the last twenty years in the westernized world and is thought to be a potential cause for declining sperm counts over a similar period. 17 percent of American men are now considered obese, up 50 percent from just a generation ago. A number of recent studies have revealed a strong connection between high body-mass index (BMI) and low sperm counts; the higher the BMI, the lower the count. Couples in whom the males had a BMI over 30 (clinically considered obese) also had a more difficult time conceiving and higher likelihood of being infertile.

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FERTILITY ALERT: New Hope For Fatherhood in Men With Klinefelter Syndrome

Chromosomes. They’re the thread-like structures found inside the cells of living organisms. The pigeon has 80 chromosomes. A pineapple has 50. But among the factors that make us uniquely human, is the presence of 46 chromosomes. As the cement in the foundation of our bodies, chromosomes contain all of our genes and DNA. The two … Continue reading FERTILITY ALERT: New Hope For Fatherhood in Men With Klinefelter Syndrome

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Gentlemen: 5 Qualities To Look For in Your Vasectomy Surgeon

Most men tend to view the vasectomy as a standard, everyday procedure easily performed by any urologist. Unfortunately in some cases, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it is only in the last few months that the American Urological Association (AUA), the organization that promotes high standards for urological care through the … Continue reading Gentlemen: 5 Qualities To Look For in Your Vasectomy Surgeon

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FERTILITY ALERT: New Research Shows Varicocele Repair to Improve Semen Quantity, Quality and Pregnancy Rates

By Dr. Philip Werthman Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal Varicocele, the most common condition associated with male factor infertility, has been a controversial topic for more than a generation. The controversies stem from a discrepancy in published articles as to whether repair of a clinical varicocele improves sperm quality and ultimately enhances … Continue reading FERTILITY ALERT: New Research Shows Varicocele Repair to Improve Semen Quantity, Quality and Pregnancy Rates

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How the Smart Consumer Should Interpret “the Latest” Male Infertility Studies

  I spend quite a bit of time reviewing male infertility studies to keep up on the latest information.  I also read articles in the press about male infertility to see what information is being presented to non-professionals that may have interest in this area.  It has come to my attention in recent weeks about … Continue reading How the Smart Consumer Should Interpret “the Latest” Male Infertility Studies

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