Tag Archives: male fertility

The Decline in Male Fertility

Written on July 16, 2013 at 9:21 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

I have been noticing it for the past ten years: the sperm parameters in otherwise healthy men have been declining. In fact, the World Health Organization recently downgraded the normal values for a semen analysis.

An article in the July 16th edition of the Wall Street Journal reports on the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual conference …

Exercise can increase sperm counts

Written on February 5, 2013 at 11:26 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to an article in USA Today, healthy young men who watch a lot of TV and those who skimp on exercise have lower concentrations of sperm in their semen than guys who watch less and move more, a new study finds.

The study is small and does not prove cause and effect. But it adds to evidence that …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Full fat dairy is bad for sperm

Written on December 18, 2012 at 11:53 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


Full fat dairy intake in active young …

I don’t believe the findings in a new study on a man’s fertility

Written on June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Drinking, smoking and using recreational drugs probably will not reduce a man’s fertility, a new study reported in the New York Times suggests — but working on a road crew might.

British researchers studied 2,249 men who visited fertility clinics after a year of trying unsuccessfully to impregnate a partner. The men completed detailed health and behavioral questionnaires and each …

More on diet, lifestyle, men’s fertility and sperm health

Written on March 23, 2012 at 9:35 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


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Dietary DHA linked to sperm health and male fertility

Written on January 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

We have known for some time that male fertility depends on sperm-cell architecture. When a man has a low strict morphology (a detailed study of sperm shape) the chance of natural conception is very low and often requires IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection ( ICSI)  to achieve a pregnancy. 

A University of Illinois study reports that a certain omega-3 fatty acid is …

Another danger to sperm: wi-fi laptops

Written on December 5, 2011 at 8:39 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Males who place a laptop on their laps with the WI-FI on might have a greater risk of reduced sperm motility and more sperm DNA fragmentation, which could, in theory, undermine their chances of becoming fathers, researchers reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility this week.

This study was done in an artificial setting. The male participants were not tested …

A danger to men’s fertility: BPA in plastic bottles

Written on June 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Two recent articles outline potential dangers to mens fertility from environmental causes.

In a study performed on mice reported in Science Daily, daily exposure to a chemical that is prevalent in the human environment, bisphenol A (BPA), causes lowered fertility in male mice. 

Mice that received daily BPA injections for two months had lower sperm counts and testosterone levels …

Your sperm are what you eat

Written on April 20, 2010 at 11:30 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There's more evidence that a man's diet can not only affect his potency, but the quality of his sperm as well. In a study reported in Science Daily a  little-known omega-3 may have implications for treating male infertility. In a study done in mice that lacked the gene responsible for an enzyme important in making the omega-3, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), …