Responsible for kicking off a long chain of events that spurs sperm production, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is the best hormonal indicator of the testicle’s ability to produce sperm and a primary hormone to be measured in the evaluation of male fertility.
Semen analysis results can be confusing. This article explains each parameter measured, what's normal and potential reasons for abnormalities.
There are a lot of reasons why sperm goes awol. Sometimes its an issue of mis-firing the gun and others because there aren’t any bullets to load. The first step is to figure out the underlying issue, then to put together a plan for how to fix it.
Roughly 1% of all men shoot blanks. News of azoospermia can be shatter a man’s dreams of becoming a father. We traveled to Beverly Hills, CA to meet with Dr. Philip Werthman, a renowned surgeon [...]
We all want to be that guy at the gym. You know, the guy with the tree trunk neck dead lifting weights the size of two modest Hyundai sedans. No one would ever accuse that [...]
Sometimes you can just blame your parents. Underlying genetic conditions account for roughly 30% of the causes of azoospermia. In our ongoing series on Azoospermia with Dr. Werthman, we talked through some of the major genetic conditions that [...]
Diagnosing Y Chromosome Microdeletions: One man's experience In preparation for this piece, I reviewed my fertility medical records for the first time in eight months. Seeing them brought back some bad memories but unlike the [...]
Am Fam Physician. 2013 Dec 1;88(11):757-61. Common questions about vasectomy. Rayala BZ1, Viera AJ1. Abstract Vasectomy offers a safe, effective, and permanent method of male contraception, with an overall failure rate of less than 1% in pooled [...]
C. Foresta, E. Moro, and A. Ferlin. "Y Chromosome Microdeletions and Alterations of Spermatogenesis". Endocrine Reviews (2001) 22 (2): 226. Abstract: Three different spermatogenesis loci have been mapped on the Y chromosome and named “azoospermia factors” [...]
J. Poongothai, T.S. Gopenath, S. Manonayaki. "Genetics of human male infertility." Singapore Med J (2009) 50(4): 336. Abstract: Infertility is defined as a failure to conceive in a couple trying to reproduce for a period of two [...]