Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to achieve conception after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse and is a common clinical condition which affects millions of couples. Infertility is a global health issue which affects approximately 9-14% of couples of reproductive age. Although male infertility is often underdiagnosed, it accounts for nearly 50% of all cases of infertility. It is estimated that about 7% of all men of reproductive age may need medical attention for difficulty in achieving a pregnancy.
Common predisposing factors to male infertility include obesity, exposure to radiation, alcohol consumption, antidepressants, diet (such as processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages), cigarette smoking, psychological stress and sleep disturbance. In the majority of cases of men with infertility, there are no identifiable causes. However, where underlying causes are present, they are in most cases often due to problems with sperm production or sperm delivery.
The goal of managing couples with male factor infertility is to identify any modifiable risk factors and underlying medical pathology to inform the choice of appropriate intervention. This is achieved through a comprehensive evaluation of the male partner, including medical history, physical examination, semen analysis, hormonal evaluation, genetic testing, imaging and specialized testing such as sperm DNA fragmentation assays and proteomics.
Treatment options for male factor infertility include lifestyle modification, medical treatments, surgical interventions, and assisted reproductive technology. The choice of treatment will depend on the underlying cause, and in some cases, more than one treatment option may be indicated.
In this special issue, we welcome articles focusing on current trends in the management of male infertility. We also invite articles which discuss recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility and future directions in the management of the condition.
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- Overweight might Affect the Live Birth Rate after Frozen Thawed Embryo Transfer Cycles in Chinese WomenMeihong Cai, Sushi Jiang, Xiaohuan Luo, Yaqiao Zhu, ... Wei XiaClin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2023, 50(5), 103; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog5005103(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assisted Reproductive Technologies)22Downloads105Views