Nutritional and Environmental Considerations

Studies confirm that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens, and heavy metals may negatively impact spermatogenesis. A number of nutritional therapies have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility, including carnitine, arginine, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B-12. Numerous antioxidants have also proven beneficial in treating male infertility, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10.

Preventive Medicine Fact and Fiction

Male factor infertility accounts for approximately 50% of all problems with infertility. It is for this reason that evaluation and treatment of the male is critical to a thorough comprehensive program for the infertile couple. Because there are many treatable, reversible, and preventable causes of male factor infertility, early evaluation and treatment is very important.

Fertility and Organic Living

In a study of Danish greenhouse workers, an unexpectedly high sperm count was found among organic farmers, who grew their products without the use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The sperm count was more than twice as high in these men as in a control group of blue-collar workers.2 Although these findings are not definitive, they suggest that consuming organically grown foods may enhance fertility.

Sperm injection overtakes traditional techniques in European fertility clinics

In 1997, the proportion of sperm injection treatments - in which sperm is injected into a female egg - compared to in vitro fertilization (IVF) across Europe, was 44%. By 2001, sperm injection accounted for 48%. The latest survey found there were more than 122,000 sperm injection treatments in Europe in 2002, compared with 113,000 IVF treatments, pushing the proportion of injection up to 52% of the total.

Acupuncture Shows Promise in Relieving Hot Flashes

Early results of a new study also show acupuncture may improve quality of life

PORTLAND, Ore. - Prostate cancer patients who have hot flashes caused by hormone therapy may benefit from acupuncture, according to an ongoing Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute study. Acupuncture significantly decreased the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in 60% of study participants who have completed treatment.

Dads get postnatal depression

It's well-known that new mothers can get the baby blues, but fathers can also suffer from postnatal depression and having a despondent dad early in life can leave long-lasting psychological marks on children, a study suggests. Children whose dads experienced depression after bringing home what is usually a new bundle of joy were found to have an increased risk for emotional and behavioural problems, at least through early childhood, the study found.

When a "Performance Problem" Becomes a Health Problem

The FDA is investigating reports that impotence drugs can cause a rare form of blindness. Although the connection is unproven, the agency has received more than 40 reports of men who suddenly and permanently lost their vision within a day or two of taking them. Based on four years of adverse event claims, CBS News reports that the number of men affected may be several times higher.

VGH doctor plans to set up health centre for men

Women outlive men by five years in B.C. and Dr. Larry Goldenberg thinks that has a lot to do with the fact men are 20 years behind women in being proactive about their health. So just as he championed a prostate cancer centre of excellence at Vancouver General Hospital a decade ago, he is now focused on forming a men's health centre, not unlike the one for the opposite sex at B.C. Women's Hospital.

CDC: male reproductive health

That's right, the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the US government's personal watchdogs for the nation's health, has announced a nationwide epidemic: male reproductive health!  Shocking?  Not to me, as I have seen countless semen analysis come through my clinic (usually without the men attached to them, but the wife toting the sad document) that display the very sad state of our male reproductive health, in particular, male factor infertility.


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