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Urination Changes From Prostate Enlargement

What Urination Tells You About Your Prostate

Name the gland in your body that is important for male fertility when you are young but messes up urination as you age. The inimitable prostate. An organ critical for the continuation of the species but a urinary rabble rouser as its owner ages. It’s a Wrap Wrapping itself firmly around the urethra (urine tube) […]

Brazil on My Mind

Ah, Brazil! Just saying the word brings to mind thoughts of endless white, sandy beaches; soothing, warm Atlantic waters; Tropicalismo music; bright, sunny colors; and a very special people. With destinations like Rio, Bahia, and the Amazon, Brazil can seem very exotic. But, in some ways, Brazil is just like America. Surfs Up! As luck […]

Symptoms Men Should Not Ignore

Five Symptoms that Men Should Not Ignore

Those organs between your legs work for the most part, right? Maybe there’s some day-to-day variation in how things perform, like having a slower urinary stream in the morning or some trouble keeping things up now and again, but overall things work just fine. And that is how it should be. But there are certain […]

Aging Men’s Sperm

What Happens to a Man’s Sperm as He Ages?

Make no mistake: Egg freezing to preserve women’s fertility has become a new American pastime. Unheard of five years ago, egg freezing has allowed thousands of women to worry less about their biological clocks and focus more on other dreams and goals. Should men be doing the same? Just Keeps Ticking Men, too, have biological […]

Creating Family After Spinal Cord Injury

The Only Upside of a Broken Back

One man was in a terrifying logging accident. Another dove into a shallow pond as a teenager. A third was the victim of a drive-by shooting. And yet another was in a horrific car crash. Miraculously, after surviving these unreal incidents, they shared the same problem: a spinal cord injury. And they all came to […]

ICSI for Male Infertility

IVF & ICSI: Is Less Actually More?

It is the single biggest advance in fertility technology since in vitro fertilization (IVF) was developed 40 years ago. It helps men with even the most severe forms of infertility to father children. It allows human eggs to begin life when they would not have otherwise done so. And it’s used in the vast majority of […]

Vasectomy Affect Sex Life

Does a Vasectomy Affect Your Sex Life?

As he was leaving after his vasectomy procedure, he suddenly turned around. With a big smile, and with the highest bird-chirp-shrill of a voice, he said: “Nice job, doc! Didn’t feel a thing!” And with that, he summed up the grass-roots understanding of what a vasectomy is: a male neutering exercise. Sorry guys, but that’s not […]

Future of Male Infertility

A Chance Meeting on The Future of Male Infertility

It was about as spontaneous as meetings get. The academic equivalent of a “pick up” ball game. But it was attended by a who’s who in andrology in England and Ireland. And the topic was one that we never seem to think about in our busy lives as infertility care specialists: What is the future […]

Common Vasectomy Reversal Questions

What Women Want to Know About Vasectomy Reversals

I see a lot of couples for vasectomy reversal procedures. As they gather information before proceeding, typically the partner, not the patient, fires off most of the questions. These queries come in two forms: questions directed at me and those having to do with the procedure. The Dirty Dozen Thank goodness that I’m a data-driven-doctor, […]