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Presidential Infertility Throughout American History

Michelle Obama recently revealed in her book, Becoming, that she and President Obama were infertile. Both Malia and Sasha were conceived with IVF (in vitro fertilization) in the 1990s when IVF was only about two decades old. A hard story to tell (I’m sure) but an important one to hear from one of America’s most popular first […]

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Tips for Coping with Infertility During the Holidays

Along with the cool, crisp air, long nights and brisk mornings come….the holidays. Add to this a rash of mass killings, hurricanes, wildfires, downed jets and politics and what do you have? A season of especially high anxiety, magnified even more by that simple problem you’re quietly trying to solve at home: unwanted childlessness. Stress […]

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The Penis: An Organ of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is on fire right now. But AI is by no means new. The concept was coined 60 years ago by John McCarthy who defined it as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.” And there’s been some impressive AI successes since then. Remember when IBM’s Deep Blue beat world chess champion […]

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Autumn and Infertility: A Match for the Ages

I’ve always felt that having infertility is similar to having cancer. Not in a life-threatening way but certainly in psychological impact. They can both be brutal. But this is autumn, a time of change. Cloudy, Chance of Rain This first became apparent to me when we showed that infertile men had higher social strain and […]

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Birth Defects, Fertility and Fatherhood

Ever wonder about the future fertility of children born with birth defects? As a urologist, I’ve treated hundreds of boys with two common birth defects: undescended testicles and hypospadias. Throughout my career, it’s been hard to address the question of a boy’s future fertility with these conditions. Until now. Missing in Action Birth defects occur […]

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The Science Behind Brosectomies®

Cheers to the Topic article on Brosectomy® that demystifies for all time the “unorthodox” idea of having men do vasectomies in groups. Brilliant the way they got under the skin of why men might actually hesitate to get their wings clipped, or why they consider the snip as a “second puberty.” At the heart of […]

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Which is Cheaper: Vasectomy Reversal or IVF?

Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Spoiled for choice. How do you decide which path to take to have children after a vasectomy? Do you do a vasectomy reversal or undergo a sperm retrieval and assisted reproduction (IVF-ICSI). Stuck between a pillow and a soft place now becomes a pillow and a […]