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A 36-year-old member asked:

Do laptops cause male infertility?

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Dr. Jeffrey Buch
Urology 41 years experience
Doubtful effect: Although some recent data indicates the possibility of mild influence, my clinical practice experience tells me that this is not a major feature except in rare cases.
Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
Urology 15 years experience
Possibly : Laptops when used excessively on the lap and over the scrotum can lead to increased heat and electromagnetic frequency radiation around the scrotum and testes. Also, wifi devices could have an effect see this link for an article on the topic of electronic/mobile devices and male fertility. http://www.healthymerlin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/the-daily-reception-vs.-conception.pdf.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can chickenpox cause male infertility?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possibly: Varicella virus, is one of many viruses that may cause of orchitis (inflamation of the testicles). It rare& since most chickenpox occurs in childhood the case reports i reviewed were 2-20yo's. Testicular atrophy on one side was seen in some, but followup was not long enough to know reproductive outcome. Infertility is plausable but proving vcv was the cause many years later might be difficult.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes male infertility if young?

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Dr. James Kuan
Urology 22 years experience
Too many thing: The causes of male infertility are vast and include really non-specific things related to lifestyle, drug / alcohol use, general health. More complicated anatomical, genetic, hormonal causes can also be a cause. Best place is to start with pcp, maybe a semenanalysis if appropriate, then onwards to a specialist in male infertility.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Do varicoceles ever cause male infertility?

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Dr. Ron Eaker
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Varicoceles are a common cause of decreased sperm count which can contribute to a couple's infertility. The dilation of veins around the testes can elevate the temperature and reduce the natural progression of sperm development. This is a very treatable condition and any one who suspects this is an issue should consult a urologist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What could cause male infertility?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Many causes: A number of things can cause reduced male fertility. Genetic or development problems, toxic or chemical exposures, infectious diseases, trauma, diseases or conditions of the genital tract, and sexual dysfunction to name some.
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A 43-year-old female asked:

Does chronic Lyme disease cause male infertility?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Possibly but...: Chronic lyme is a complex illness that is reported to cause virtually any symptom, so yes, it could cause infertility, but those most ill with lyme have other conditions that could also be factors. Many with lyme have pyroluria, a metabolic imbalance creating severe zinc deficiency. Many have hormonal imbalances, other chronic infections &/or heavy metal toxicity. All these need to be addressed.

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