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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

REVERSABLE CAUSES OF MALE INFERTILITY

Here are some treatable and reversable conditions that cause fertility problems in men. In my office in Smithtown NY, I see patients with these conditions routinely.
  1. Smoking: Even intermittent smoking smoking affects sperm production and function. Smokers can have normal semen analyses yet have severe defects in important sperm functions that are critical to fertilization.
  2. Varicoceles: These dilated, varicoce veins are common in all men, but much more common in men with fertility problems. They can fixed.
  3. Infections: prostate infections, diverticulitis, epididymitis, or bladder infections can transiently impair sperm production and function.
  4. Malignancy: Cancer itself can cause infertility. Cancer treatments can also cause male infertility
  5. Enironmental toxicants: Second hand smoke, soil fertilizers, dry cleaning waste, plastic bottle chemical products, publishing dyes can all lower sperm counts or impair sperm function.

These factors can all be found on a thorough clinical history and physical examination.