Preparing for Your Visit with an Infertility Specialist

Fatherhood, Fertility

Preparing for Your Visit with an Infertility Specialist

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You’ve been trying most of your adult life to not get
someone pregnant. But now you really want rug rats…and it isn’t happening. The
look on her face when her period comes every month is something you dread as
much as she does. It’s time to get your fertility checked. Yes, men have infertility
, too.

The Facts of the Case

You have no reason to think that you could be part of the
problem, but you might be. Here are the simple facts that you should think
about in advance of a visit:

  • You Matter. Like much in life, it takes two to
    tango. A male factor is solely responsible for infertility in 30% of
    cases and a part of the problem in 50%. Indeed, you are a suspect.
  • Your Health Matters. It’s now clear that a man’s
    fertility potential is a reflection or “biomarker” of
    his overall health. That means that you could learn something that you don’t
    know about your health with this evaluation.
  • Your Past Matters. You bring to the table of
    your relationship your entire sexual history. And that includes good things
    like being fit and trim, and bad things like sexually transmitted diseases,
    drugs and anabolic steroids.
  • What You Do Matters. Many things that impair
    male fertility are reversible, including hot baths, pot and tobacco use, and
    medications. So, you can actually be part of the solution.

A Visit Like No Other

You might be fearing this doctor visit but you shouldn’t. It
doesn’t hurt and, in my practice, it’s a single consultation. But do come
prepared to be honest about your health and lifestyle, as that can really help speed
up solutions. You’ll have to drop trou and have your jewels examined for things
like varicoceles.
In addition to the history and exam, often two semen
 and a hormone panel are needed to make a definitive statement
about your fertility. And, if you’ve already had any of these tests done, bring
them in for review. That’s usually it!

Here’s the good news. Getting yourself checked out is a lot
faster and cheaper than to have your partner get evaluated. And, most of the
time a diagnosis is made, even if it means that you’re
 and need nothing more. I know that you may not want to face
the music but do it for her!

This article first appeared on Dr.
Turek’s blog

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Dr. Paul Turek is an internationally known thought leader in men’s reproductive and sexual health care and research. A fellowship trained, board-certified physician by the American Board of Urology (ABU), he has received numerous honors and awards for his work and is an active member in professional associations worldwide. His recent lectures, publications and book titles can be found in his curriculum vitae.

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