Why should we screen for male fertility?

Vinayak Madhusoodanan, Daniel C. Gonzalez, Alekhya Jampa, Daniel E. Nassau, Ranjith Ramasamy

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Abstract

An increasing number of studies show declining sperm counts; however, semen analyses are uncommon until the evaluation for infertility. Semen analysis is a safe, reliable and relatively inexpensive screening test, assessing male fertility and directing further work-up. In young men, the use of semen analysis may identify disease prior to attempted conception and result in improved fertility potential when combined with lifestyle changes, medical or surgical therapy. Furthermore, if sperm counts are significantly low, evaluation and management for genetic causes can be initiated. Our commentary outlines why screening for male infertility in young adult men may be beneficial. We discuss options for early intervention, including sperm cryopreservation, if defects in sperm parameters are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere14218
JournalAndrologia
Volume53
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • fertility
  • screening
  • semen analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Urology

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