Tag Archives: male infertility

The Evolution of Fertility Treatment

Written on September 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the sale and marketing of clomiphene citrate (Clomid) for the “treatment of ovulatory dysfunction in women desiring pregnancy”.   At the time, this was a huge breakthrough for couples who were desperate to conceive their own child.  For many patients, it was a “wonder drug”.

Prior to …

Common Household Products May Reduce Fertility

Written on August 26, 2017 at 11:32 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that ingredients in common household products may reduce fertility.  Researchers from University of California, Davis found that quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”, inhibit mitochondria and estrogenic functions in cells that were studied in vitro.

Quats are used as antimicrobial agents in many common household products, including antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, lotions, household …

Quiet bedroom= stronger sperm

Written on August 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Last week Dr Amin blogged here that a new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

If you or your partner has a marginal sperm count, here is something simple that could make a …

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

Written on July 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusulem conducted a meta-analysis of 185 studies. The studies included data from sperm samples from almost 43,000 men from …

Caffeine May Affect Male Fertility

Written on July 2, 2017 at 9:54 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that excessive caffeine intake may affect male fertility.  The study by Italian researchers, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that increased caffeine intake may affect male reproductive function, possibly through sperm DNA damage.

The study compiled data from approximately 20,000 males involved in 28 previous research studies that looked at the relationship between male coffee/caffeine …

Male Fertility Testing At Home

Written on March 30, 2017 at 11:51 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new smartphone device may allow men to test their fertility at home.  Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School are developing a smartphone accessory and app that can determine sperm count and motility with reported accuracy of up to 98%.

The test comes in the form of a disposable kit that uses hardware and software technology.  …

What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

Written on March 2, 2017 at 9:36 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study found that eating walnuts may improve sperm quality.  This animal study on mice supports a previous 2012 study, which showed that men who added 75 gram (2.5 ounces) of walnuts per day to their diets had improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared to men who did not.  The benefits of walnuts likely comes from the high …

Correlation Found Between Heavy Cellphone Use and Male Infertility

Written on February 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

The bottom line: Don’t talk on your mobile while it’s charging and never use it within 50cm of your groin and you shouldn’t keep your cellphone in your pants pocket.

A groundbreaking study done in Israel, albeit on a very small sample group, has found a stark correlation between sperm abnormalities and cellphone use. The main dangers are using it …

Focusing on male fertility

Written on June 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

An article on the impact on male fertility on slate.com draws attention to the increasing male factor in infertile couples.

Male fertility is a new epidemic, at least if you’ve seen the news coverage. This burgeoning crisis seems to be related to the effects of age, inspiring headlines such as: “Men Also Suffer Age-Related Infertility,” “Too Old to Be a …

Finasteride may have adverse effects on semen

Written on January 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

A study in the December 2013 issue of Fertility & Sterility has found that Propecia (finasteride), commonly used in reproductive-age men as a hair restorer, may cause reduced sperm counts in some men. The same medication in a higher dose is used as Proscar in older men for enlarged prostates.

The good news is that they found that sperm counts …