A Piece of My Mind

It was a welcome call from the Midwest: “Dr. Turek, thank you very much! We took your advice and it worked! My wife is pregnant.” Nice thing to hear from someone that I had never actually met. They had simply asked for my opinion. The first of many telemedicine pregnancies at The Turek Clinic. The Second Opinion For over 4 [...]

Mice Sperm in a Dish

It’s not the mother load of discoveries in our field, but it’s pretty close. It tells us that the mother load is definitely out there…and within reach. Yup, the good news is that real. live, old-fashioned sperm were made in a dish… at least for mice. The Holy Grail: Artificial Sperm For the 55,000 reproductive age cancers survivors annually in the [...]

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, [...]