Infertility as a Disease – Men’s Health 101

Name a disease that’s about half as common as diabetes, affects both sexes and is running rampant in developed countries? Obesity? Good try. How about infertility? Ah, but is infertility really a “disease” you ask? You thought it was something that happens to a minority of otherwise healthy people, right? Well guess again. What is Disease? Hate to get too […]

Wi-Fi, Sperm Counts and Fertility

Maybe it’s time to rename the “laptop” computer something else and keep if off our laps (how about mobile computers or “mobees”?). First we hear that they generate heat that elevates scrotal temperature, and now the Wi-Fi radiation itself may be a problem. The Effect of Wi-Fi on Sperm The Wi-Fi issue was published last week and has my patients all [...]

A Dozen Funny Reasons For Vasectomy

As a vasectomist, I realize that a vasectomy, that iconic way to stop family building in its tracks, is not simply a 10-minute procedure. In a man’s life, it is a significant cultural event. I dare you to describe a more personal, scary and misunderstood part of a man’s body with which to meddle. And, [...]

The Skinny on Obesity and Male Fertility

You have often heard me say that sperm production is an engine that really wants to run hard and fast. And, that by not taking great care of yourself, sperm quality and fertility can suffer. Given that 1 in 3 Americans have it, one of the biggest elephants in the room is obesity. Now, the literature is oozing with new [...]

Men Are People Too

Did you know that only about 1 in 4 infertile men in the U.S.actually receive the medical attention that they deserve? Let’s discuss the idea of care. Real care. That means a history and physical examination along with some medical decision making in addition to the semen analysis. Young Men Are Underserved How often do most young men see a doctor? Typically [...]

Know Your Wooly Mammoths

Whenever I mention to the media that “stress” is bad for male fertility and men’s health in general, they show images of snarling, bumper-to-bumper traffic with heat shimmering off of the asphalt. Sure, that works for stress. But that is not the half of it. Being stuck in traffic is a form of acute stress, [...]