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Do varicoceles ever cause male infertility?

Do varicoceles ever cause male infertility?

Maybe.: There are many theories why varicocele may cause reduction in count, motility and normal shaped sperm. Although surgical repair of varcocele may improve sperm parameters there is no evidence that it increase the chance of pregnancy in female partners. The decision to repair varicocele to enhance fertility in men is not supported by strong scientific evidence. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Varicocele (Definition)

Varicose spermatic cord veins within the scrotum. Usually left sided & due to absent or faulty venous valves between testis and major vessels permitting beack pressure effects on spermatic veins. Can cause infertility in some, but mostly of no consequence. Best treated by urologist if associated with pain which is rare, or there is an ...Read more


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Must varicoceles be repaired to remedy male infertility?

Must varicoceles be repaired to remedy male infertility?

Not always: The connection of varicocele and male sub-fertility is not entirely consistent: some men with sub-fertility are helped by varicocele repair, a large majority of men with varicocele never have fertility problems. Expert urologists and res often disagree on specifics, so i recommend in-person evaluation with an expert you trust. ...Read more

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How do varicoceles affect male infertility? Is the sperm count decreased?

Hot Rocks!?: Many people believe that the varicocele increases the heat in the scrotum. The heat may be the cause of sperm damage. Not every varicocele causes a decrease in semen quality. Sperm motility is often most affected. Surgery or embolization can be helpful but often it is unclear if needed. Always check partner too. I like sperm function tests like acrosome reaction to help decide on treatment. ...Read more

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Do laptops cause male infertility?

Do laptops cause male infertility?

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. ...Read more

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What causes male infertility if young?

What causes male infertility if young?

Many causes: Male infertility has many causes and accounts for 40-50% of infertility. If you have infertility then male factors require early diagnosis. The semen analysis is only a small part of the evaluation. See a specialist soon to avoid unnecessary delays. Men benefit from an examination too. Infertility is a couples problem so always consider the partner in the context of treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What causes male infertility if they already had a child?

What causes male infertility if they already had a child?

Many things...: Sperm is produced new in the testicles about every 10 weeks. Over time, things can change. Age can affect sperm over time, as can something called a varicocele. Reproductive toxins in our food, water, air, and workplace can also cause sperm to deteriorate over time. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Beshay
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Male Infertility (Definition)

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year. Male infertility is when the infertility is determined to be caused by problems ...Read more