Category: Fertility

Aging, Fatherhood, Fertility

hockey stick shaped spermThe Shape of Things to Come

It’s funny how we tend to find patterns in things. Left alone, we tend to gather, order, and number everything we can. Take the stars in the sky. Or the stock market. Even gambling. I loved it when I talked to my parents after an academic trip overseas. Here’s how it would start: “How long was […]

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Fertility

coping with male infertilityTaking the Infertility Licking with Hope

They were in their early thirties and had been trying to conceive for 5 years. He was diagnosed with azoospermia and had a thorough evaluation in New York near where they lived. Genetic testing was negative and he was told that there was no clear reason for him to be infertile. About 1 year prior to his visit, he […]

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Fatherhood, Fertility

Barcelona PavilionThe Male Infertility Gauntlet: Less is More

“Less is more.” Is there a better description for the modernist architectural style of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? His Barcelona Pavilion is one of the world’s most exquisite examples of architecture as sculpture, akin to the Parthenon in Greece, or the Pantheon in Rome. It simply works. It also reminds us of how complex “less” […]

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Fertility, Masculinity

male infertilityMale Infertility May Predict Other Health Problems

Masculinity is a complicated thing. And there’s no more masculine way for a man to express his, well, masculinity than by making babies. That explains why being infertile or having erectile dysfunction (ED) is so strongly connected with depression (in both directions—depression itself can cause ED, and ED and/or fertility problems can cause depression). Infertility […]

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Advocacy, Fertility, Health, Policy, Public Policy

Public Health in Action – Time for a Reality Check

Back in 2008, in the summer between semesters at graduate school, I took an internship with the Men’s Health Network (MHN) in Washington, D.C.  I had no idea then how transformative it would be.  Looking back now, it was a reality check of sorts. In the semester before my internship, I took a class on […]

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