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does masterbation affect fertility

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not usually: Masturbation should not have an impact on fertility. For a woman it would not impact ovulation. For a man, the sperm are constantly being produced a ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sexual pleasure: Any solo act that derives sexual pleasure is a form of masturbation and in this case will not affect either your period or fertility. Anecdotally, Cat ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
It does not: I'm very sorry that somebody told you this. The "scientific basis" is the discovery that sperm counts per unit volume of semen are lower if a man ejac ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience in Urology
Neither: Unless a man masturbates daily or even more often, it's unlikely to hurt his sperm counts significantly.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
No it does not.: Masturbation does not affect testosterone levels.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Roseff
38 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No: It doesn't affect quality. If one masturbates frequently, it can potentially decrease the sperm quantity.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience in Urology
Probably not: Testicles make sperm at an alarmingly fast rate. It would be difficult to deplete sperm counts unless masturbation was more frequent than daily. To ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Castle
Specializes in General Surgery
Frequent male masturbation isn't likely to have much effect on your ability to get your partner pregnant: Some data shows that optimum semen quality occurs after two to three days of no ejaculation. But other research suggests that men who have normal sper ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience in Urology
Prostatitis: Generally no effect on fertility since sperm are made in the testes. It is remotely possible if the storage site for semen (seminal vesicles) are sca ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicholas Stratas
60 years experience in Psychiatry
Should not if: The semen is ejaculated into the female.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ravi Chauhan
21 years experience in Urology
Reduces congestion: Regular ejaculation prevents painful back-up of fluid in the prostate. This back up may lead to inflammation or an infection known as 'prostatitis'
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Shapiro
53 years experience in Pain Management
Yes, but....: There is still no scientific evidence to support what doctors see clinically in their offices. Women seem to conceive after they learn to reduce felt ... Read More
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A 12-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Yes: The effects of radiation on infertility depend on the dose, the location, and the number of treatments. It affects both male and female infertility. A ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe: Stands to reason that if a person were to be anemic, they would not be as healthy as if they were not anemic. The anemia should be diagnosed and trea ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Usually not: Premature ejaculation should not affect the man's fertility, as long as he doesn't ejaculate until inside the woman's vagina. If he has very, very pre ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience in Gynecology
Endo.: Yes it may.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Yes: Tamoxifen is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of hormone (+) breast cancer. While tamoxifen may cause birth defects during pregnancy, it ac ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience in Urology
Doesn't: Topical Minoxidil probably has no effect on male fertility. Finasteride (propecia) has been implicated in reduced fertility that is reversible upon d ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Correct hypothyroid: When women have hypothyroidism, a common problem is increase of another hormone called prolactin. Causes less release of lh, and a loss of Progester ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sinclair
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes and no: Very short term, your sperm count may go down, but within hours to days it will come back to normal. Long term there is not effect. Frequent ejaculati ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Horvath
38 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No.: In general ear, nose and throat infections will not have an impact on fertility in any direct way. There may be rare situations such as tonsillar tub ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
20 years experience in Pediatric Endocrinology
In females, it can: High TSH in females have been associated with increased miscarriage and diffuclty in conceiving. Profound hypothyroidism can also make the women ameno ... Read More
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