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Myths of Male Fertility

Posted on February 12, 2015  by   Leave your thoughts

Can Lifestyle Changes Make a Difference in Male Infertility?

Male Fertility

After a diagnosis of a sperm problem in an infertile couple, I am commonly asked by the male partner if he “can do anything to fix the problem”. This usually means he’s asking if a change in diet, exercise, alcohol intake or vitamins can influence sperm quality.


When sperm shape (morphology) is abnormal, it’s thought that sperm survival in the female reproductive system and their ability to attach to and fertilize the egg, are negatively affected. It may be that the sperm’s abnormal shape inhibit its ability to swim well (motility) and meet the egg. In short, morphology likely affects motility —  these are some of the most common factors of male infertility.


What We Learned About Male Fertility


In a 2014 study by Dr. Allan Pacey and his colleagues from the University of Sheffield in the UK in the medical journal Human Reproduction, Pacey and his research team studied more than 2,000 men from 14 fertility clinics in England. Here’s what we learned from this recent study regarding lifestyle changes in men:


  • Pacey and his team found sperm morphology was worse in semen samples collected during summer months (June through August).
  • Morphology improved among samples collected after a man avoided ejaculation for a few days.
  • Sperm morphology problems were more common in marijuana users. Cannabis use in younger men doubled the chance of male infertility.
  • They also found that cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption didn’t seem to be related to sperm morphology problems. These factors had previously been considered important influences on male fertility.
  • The study failed to find any link between sperm quality and factors such as obesity, tight underwear, smoking, drinking or a history of having mumps. Only marijuana use, frequent ejaculation and summer-time ejaculation were linked with poor sperm morphology.


Male InfertilityIn summary, there is little evidence (with the exception of avoiding marijuana) that delaying fertility treatment in order to make adjustments to a man’s lifestyle will improve their chances of getting pregnant. Since we don’t yet understand all the factors that influence sperm morphology, it’s probably wise for men to live an overall healthy lifestyle and avoid cannabis if they are planning for pregnancy.


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New Year, New You — New Deductible?

Posted on January 27, 2015  by   Leave your thoughts

What you need to know about your insurance deductible in 2015 With the holidays well in our rear-view mirror and our resolutions already beginning to fade, make a promise to yourself to move toward an important goal for this year and for the rest of your life: consider starting your fertility treatment as soon as... Continue Reading

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Testosterone Use in Infertile Men

Posted on February 6, 2014  by  

Testosterone is typically prescribed for men who have signs or complaints of reduced testicular hormone production. These signs include a reduction in libido (reduced sexual desire), tiredness, problems achieving an erection, problems with memory and low sperm count. Some men may not have any of these symptoms but still have reduced testosterone production. Many of... Continue Reading

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Exposure to Diesel Fuel Exhaust Affects Ovarian Reserves

Posted on May 1, 2013  by  

It has been long suspected that there are toxins in the environment that may reduce a woman’s ovarian reserves (egg quality). It has also been suspected that exposure to some of these toxins may affect future generations if exposure occurs during pregnancy.   A recent article by Ogliari and colleagues published in a respected journal... Continue Reading

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Do Bilateral Ovarian Endometriomas Affect IVF Results?

Posted on April 2, 2013  by  

When severe endometriosis occurs in women with infertility, the ovaries may contain fluid‐filled spaces called endometriomas (“chocolate cysts”) on pelvic ultrasound. Endometriomas can be found on the left, right, or both ovaries simultaneously (bilateral). Traditionally, surgery was recommended to remove these cystic lesions prior to IVF. More recently, doctors are concerned that such surgery may... Continue Reading

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Update on Vaccination Guidelines for Female Infertility Patients

Posted on February 5, 2013  by  

A woman desiring to conceive should have her immunization status updated since there can be serious consequences of diseases that may be preventable. While the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Fertility previously posted on this topic, the committee opinion of American Society for Reproductive Medicine updated the guidelines for recommended immunizations in February 2013.... Continue Reading

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Sperm DNA Damage May Be Major Cause of Unexplained Infertility

Posted on January 3, 2013  by  

About one‐third of infertile couples are diagnosed with unexplained infertility, meaning that routine infertility testing has not found the cause of their difficulty conceiving a baby. A recent study from Queen’s University in Belfast has found the cause of many cases of unexplained infertility — small breaks in the DNA of the man’s sperm. Sperm quality... Continue Reading

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What Vaccinations Do Infertility Patients Need?

Posted on October 6, 2012  by  

New vaccination guidelines for women undergoing infertility evaluation and care have just been released. Usually the primary care doctor handles vaccination concerns for patients, but they will commonly defer to the woman’s OB/GYN or fertility specialist if the patient is pursuing fertility care. Vaccinations before or during pregnancy can protect women from potentially serious illnesses, prevent... Continue Reading

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The Effect of Alcohol Consumption on IVF Success

Posted on September 6, 2012  by  

It has been well known for quite a while that alcohol use during pregnancy is linked to the risk of birth defects. However, the effects of alcohol consumption on fertility are not as well defined. There are studies looking at spontaneous, or “naturally occurring”, pregnancies which suggest that women who consume high amounts of alcohol were more... Continue Reading

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