Sperm Retrieval Procedures

Sperm Retrieval ProceduresSperm harvesting is entirely different from a diagnostic testicular biopsy since in this setting the goal is not to identify what is happening in the testis but instead it is to find sperm.  Only men with no sperm in their ejaculate (azoospermia) need to have sperm retrieved directly from the testis or epididymis.This […]

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Varicocele

VaricoceleWhat is a varicocele?A varicocele is a variation of normal anatomy in which veins in the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles) become enlarged and sometimes even visible.Varicocele usually is first found at puberty and is much more common on the left side than on the right side. Sometimes it occurs on both sides.What […]

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What is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?

What is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?Before a man’s sperm can fertilize a woman’s egg, the head of the sperm must attach to the outside of the egg. Once attached, the sperm pushes through the outer layer to the inside of the egg (cytoplasm), where fertilization takes place.Sometimes the sperm cannot penetrate the outer layer, for […]

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Discolored semen

Discolored semenShould I be concerned about discolored semen?Semen is normally a whitish-gray color. It’s usually quite thick after ejaculation, but liquefies within 30 minutes.Changes in the appearance of semen might be temporary and not a health concern. However, sometimes these changes can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires further evaluation.If changes […]

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Smoking and Infertility

Smoking and InfertilityMost patients know not to smoke, don’t they? Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean that they (and their partners) don’t smoke, or that they tell the truth to their doc, or that they aren’t exposed to significant amounts of secondhand smoke.Does everyone remember the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking? […]

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