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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


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I need information about fertility treatments like IVF and birth defects?

Birth defects & ART: Conventional ivf has not been convincingly linked to birth defects worldwide. There's some evidence linking micro-injection of sperm (ivf/icsi) to a possible slight increase in birth defects (2% or so;) this has not been proven conclusively, and is still being investigated. If an increased risk really does exist, it is a small one. ...Read more

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Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

NO EFFECTS: Birth defects occur if mother gets sick or take medications during the first trimester of pregnancy or exposed to sick person during that time and other unknown factors. ...Read more

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I just heard about fertility treatments and birth defects?

I just heard about fertility treatments and birth defects?

Studies show...: Studies show a very small increase in birth defects in babies born to women going through ivf. It is unknown whether this is due to the ivf process, but generally believed to more likely be linked to the fact that the couple has infertility to begin with. ...Read more

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Will male fertility drugs cause pregnancy in a female taking birth control pills?

Will male fertility drugs cause pregnancy in a female taking birth control pills?

Birth Control Pill: If your partner is taking a low dose birth control pill, or misses several pills, there may not be enough hormone to suppress ovulation and she can get pregnant whether you are taking male fertility drugs or not. Still, if you are taking male fertility supplements, it suggests you may have a low sperm count and that reduces the chance of her conceiving. You should get semen analysis to find out. ...Read more

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How does Accutane not affect your fertility after? It's so serious in causing birth defects while on the drug and messes up hormones, how is it safe?

How does Accutane not affect your fertility after? It's so serious in causing birth defects while on the drug and messes up hormones, how is it safe?

Who says it's safe?: It is one of the more toxic drugs, and the only reason we use it is because for some people, the pain of living with severe acne makes its risks worthwhile. Accutane acts on rapidly growing tissues, which is why it is contraindicated in pregnancy; but it does not appear to be as toxic to ovaries and eggs as it is to an embryo or a fetus. ...Read more

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Is there a risk to fertility or risk of future birth defect with CT scan of lower spine?

Is there a risk to fertility or risk of future birth defect with CT scan of lower spine?

Minimal to both: A single study of this area is a minimal risk on both counts. They don't like to do studies if you are pregnant out of a sense of caution, & this creates some confusion on the matter. ...Read more

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I had abortion twice. Birth defects. Don't have any fertility pblm. Shall I opt IVF method to avoid birth defect as the embryos screened for birth defect?

I had abortion twice. Birth defects. Don't have any fertility pblm. Shall I opt IVF method to avoid birth defect as the embryos screened for birth defect?

One option: That is certainly an option. Should you? It depends what the birth defects were. I'd suggest getting genetic counseling first, this will help you decide what your best course might be. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Fertility doctor prescribed dexamethadone to prevent miscarriage. My wife has been on the drug for a week. We found research that concerned us concerning birth defects with the drug. Any thoughts?

Fertility doctor prescribed dexamethadone to prevent miscarriage. My wife has been on the drug for a week. We found research that concerned us concerning birth defects with the drug. Any thoughts?

Need more details: Don't know why your wife was given dexamethasone, but don't stop it suddenly without discussing w/your doctor. Don't believe all you read during your research without discussing that as well. ...Read more

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Do men or women have a harder time dealing with birth defects?

Do men or women have a harder time dealing with birth defects?

INDIVIDUAL ISSUE: The reaction any adult has to a loss is based on countless past experiences in their life, current health and stress level, and other undefined factors. I have seen fathers leave a delivery room and disappear or the mother need long term antidepressants with the identical defect. I have also seen them rise to the occasion and become a stronger couple. ...Read more

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Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Does azathioprine cause cause birth defects in men?

Data presented on: This site http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/15023170/ suggest an ⬆ed risk of congenital abnormalities. Since affected progeny had the same disorders as their fathers, a causal association with an immunosuppressant could not be proven. Please consult your wife's ob-gyn & request a pre-pregnancy visit with a prenatal genetic counselor to assist you in decision-making. ...Read more

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Husband is taking libido max male enhancement pill. Warning on package says it contains a chemical that may cause birth defects. Which chemical?

Husband is taking libido max male enhancement pill. Warning on package says it contains a chemical that may cause birth defects. Which chemical?

Food supplement: This is a proprietary product containing herbs, some of which have been shown to improve libido. The label does warn about blood pressure and heart conditions. There may also be some components in it that they do not list, since a "power max blend" of 341mg is listed. There are no studies of these herbs or other unidentified components that determine safety to fetuses. ...Read more

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Male / taking klonopin (clonazepam) and atenelol can either of these cause birth defects? We might start trying this year that's why I ask? Wife not taking meds

Male / taking klonopin (clonazepam) and atenelol can either of these cause birth defects? We might start trying this year that's why I ask? Wife not taking meds

Klonopin (clonazepam): Klonopin (clonazepam) has been linked to some risk of fetal problems when the mother is taking it during pregnancy, but these don't apply when the father alone is taking it. You don't say why you're on the Klonopin (clonazepam) -- hopefully you and your doctor are working on the core issue, rather than simply medicating with a habit-forming drug for an extended time. Be well. ...Read more

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Could a male's 9 mo Accutane use at age 16 years cause his unborn baby's diagnosis of congenital vsd 10 years later? Or other birth defects?

Could a male's 9 mo Accutane use at age 16 years cause his unborn baby's diagnosis of congenital vsd 10 years later? Or other birth defects?

Unrelated: Any sperm that might be affected during use are long gone 9 years later. We have no data suggesting males use of Accutane relates sperm or causes any birth defect. The medication has a direct toxic effect to an embryo if consumed by the mother during pregnancy. Congenital vsd is one of the most common heart related defects & has a broad genetic basis & some recurrence risk. ...Read more

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25y/o male being treated for prolactinoma. Was able to conceive with wife! Testosterone only slightly low. Any chance birth defects due to my high prl?

25y/o male being treated for prolactinoma. Was able to conceive with wife! Testosterone only slightly low. Any chance birth defects due to my high prl?

No effect: The only thing that you contribute to the pregnancy is your genetics for which prolactin should not affect. Congratulations on being able to get a woman pregnant. I would not expect any complications. ...Read more

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Spondylolysis and fatty tissue on vertebra backs hurts goes down legs back of legs go numb for about 6+ months. 31 year old male with spondylolysis and fatty tissue on vertebra. Nurse said the spondylolysis was a birth defect and the fatty tissue was ca

Spondylolysis and fatty tissue on vertebra backs hurts goes down legs back of legs go numb for about 6+ months. 31 year old male with spondylolysis and fatty tissue on vertebra. Nurse said the spondylolysis was a birth defect and the fatty tissue was ca

Patients: Patients who do not respond to conservative treatment for spondylolysis (fracture of pars interarticularis, that is the hook holding your spine bones together) may benefit from surgery. Surgery fuses the spine in order to prevent movement across the fracture and prevent the spine from slipping apart (spondylolithesis).

For more information on spondylolysis, spondylolithesis and spinal fusion please see my health guides. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you increase male fertility for someone who doesn't want to quit smoking, but has an overall healthy diet and is physically healthy?

How do you increase male fertility for someone who doesn't want to quit smoking, but has an overall healthy diet and is physically healthy?

Quit smoking!: Think of it this way. If you quit smoking, two things happen: (1) fertility is improved and (2) you live longer. So, do it for the kid and do it for the partner. As you try to quit, try some good, organic, antioxidant supplements: http://www. Essbeg. Com/forhim. Htm. ...Read more

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After what age does male fertility start to decline?

After what age does male fertility start to decline?

May not: Many men are fertile through their entire life. For others, fertility begins to decline with age, but there is usually no sudden drop off as there is with menopause in females. ...Read more

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After what age does male fertility begin to decrease?

After what age does male fertility begin to decrease?

Probably does not: Male sperm quality as defined as fertilization and embryo quality at ivf seem unchanged in several studies. Other studies suggest that fertility may decline as early as 35-39. I believe much of the confusion arises over limited research and different definitions of male fertility. It would seem that while sperm counts decrease the quality does not until late age. Consult you doc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When does male fertility depend on his medical history?

When does male fertility depend on his medical history?

Not always: 1/3 of infertility stems from "male factor." red flags in a man's history include mumps, fevers or a job environment with heat to the scrotum. Marijuana use lowers sperm count. However, men may be born with no vas deferens and not be making sperm but ejaculating with what looks normal. ...Read more

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Can kidney dialysis effect male fertility?

Can kidney dialysis effect male fertility?

Chronic illness: Any chronic illness can have an impact on male fertility. One must consider the cause of the kidney failure, what medications or treatment the person has taken and is currently on, and how well they are responding to the treatment (intraperitoneal or hemodialysis). The better controlled the illness the less impact on fertility. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if kidney dialysis affects male fertility?

Can you tell me if kidney dialysis affects male fertility?

Kidney failure can.: It's probably not the dialysis, but the REASON a person is on dialysis, that can impact both sexual function and fertility. For example, if a man is diabetic or has high blood pressure, he may have difficulty getting and maintaining erections as a result of the disease, the medications needed, or blood flow to the genital area. Talk to your doctor about what can be done to evaluate this! ...Read more

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Other than to correct male fertility issues are there other reasons to have a varicocele corrected?

Other than to correct male fertility issues are there other reasons to have a varicocele corrected?

Yes: Sometimes varicoceles can be large. They may be painful or unsightly, and patients prefer that they are reduced or removed. ...Read more

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Fertility: does drinking alcohol in moderation affect male fertility?

Fertility: does drinking alcohol in moderation affect male fertility?

Probably, yes: The real issue is in defining "alcohol use in moderation". For many this means daily alcohol intake of 1-4 alcoholic beverages, which is significant. Alcohol use can effect male hormone metabolism which in turn can effect hormone production. Some data suggest a lower take-home baby rate with ingestion of >4 drinks per week. ...Read more

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My husband is on prozac/wellbutrin combo for a while. Will this affect male fertility?

My husband is on prozac/wellbutrin combo for a while. Will this affect male fertility?

Maybe: Some ssris (prozac) have been associated with increased levels of sperm dna fragmentation which could lead to infertility or miscarriages. However, it is only one study that needs confirmation. This information needs to be balanced by the increased quality of life associated with taking the medications. You can check for sperm dna fragmentation and know for sure. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol before a male fertility test affect the result?

Will drinking alcohol before a male fertility test affect the result?

Not usually: I suppose a major binge might have an effect, but light alcohol use probably not. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Does drinking alcohol before taking a male fertility test change the result?

Maybe: Only if the man is binge drinking. One study from brazil reports that drinking greater than five drinks at one setting once a week or more frequently can impair sperm quality. ...Read more

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Does having an underactive thyroid reduce male fertility?

Fertility: Yes it can affect the quality of the sperm and thereby affect fertility. ...Read more

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Can male fertility decline with age?

Recent evidence, yes: Recent genome and population studies associate paternal age with autism, schizophrenia, and possibly cancer. Mice studies show decreased fertility with middle age and altered sperm genes. An english study showed that men>45 years needed 5x longer to achieve pregnancy with partner. Male age particularly becomes a factor when women are in late 30's. With ivf, pregnancy rates are less for men >50. ...Read more

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Is mental health related to male fertility?

Yes: Stress is a factor in sperm production and delivery. Stress centers in the brain reduce FSH and lh, the hormones that trigger sperm production. Stress reduces erection and ejaculation, a problem for sperm delivery.

Stress reduction can improve these problems. ...Read more

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After what age does male fertility rate begin to decline?

No specific age: No specific age. It declines steadily but very slowly through a man's adult life. As a point of reference, a man is restricted from being a sperm donor at age 40. ...Read more

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What type of activities/exercises that can help improve male fertility?

Normal: Normal healthy activity and exercise. Avoidance of drugs, alcohol, tobacco. See your doctor for more help. ...Read more

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Are accurate male fertility tests available over the counter?

Are accurate male fertility tests available over the counter?

None I know of: The only real fertility test for men is a semen analysis which is a detailed look at the sperm and other cells in semen. It grades the sperm quality based on number, activity and shape. If the semen analysis is normal, there is no further testing necessary. When it is abnormal, a physical exam and some hormone tests are the next step. ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


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Male Fertility (Definition)

The ability to impregnate. Per http://americanpregnancy. Org/infertility/male-infertility/ - "Male infertility factors contribute to approximately 30% ...Read more