Global Women's Health Academy

Male Infertility

Male Infertility
    World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for ma...


    • Overview

      World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for many developed countries continue to decline and are projected to do so for the foreseeable future. As part of updating of the WHO Global Guidelines for infertility diagnosis, management and interventions for treatment initiated in January 2012, Guideline Development Groups were assembled. These focus on female subfertility; male subfertility, ovarian stimulation for ART, IVF and ICSI, IUI with and without ovarian stimulation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); endometriosis, fertility interventions; and environmental effects on fertility, with the call to enhance fertility awareness at the country, if not regional, level.1,2

      Substantial educational and practice needs have been identified demonstrating how poor understanding of myriad causes of infertility by clinicians results in their failure to appropriately consider the full value offered to affected women through assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs).

      This module addresses for the participant the physiology and anatomy of male infertility; how to diagnose various presentations of infertile males; and offers insight into treatment approaches that enhance male fertility.

    • Learning Objectives

      At the completion of this module, participants will be better able to:

      1. Identify anatomical and physiologic anomalies associated with specific causes of male infertility
      2. Undertake diagnostic semen analysis
      3. Link genetic findings with well-known mutations, including CFTR, and various karyotypic chromosomal abnormalities
      4. Describe the pros and cons of surgical options in overcoming male infertility
    • Commercial Support

      This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
      Original Release Date: 13 January 2015
      Expiration Date: 13 January 2017


      Contact Information

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    • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest


      Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE, HCLD
      Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology 
      Director, Yale Fertility Center
      Yale University
      New Haven, CT
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      Advisor: EMD Serono


      Atsushi Tanaka, MD
      St. Mother Hospital
      Kitakyushu, Japan
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationship reported


      Michael J. Tucker, PhD, FIBiol, HCLD
      IVF Laboratory Director
      Shady Grove Fertility RSC
      Rockville, MD
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationship reported

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