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Male Infertility Research & Recommendations Long Overdue

By Sonja Kristiansen, MD on December 21, 2010

Last month, I wrote about more enlightening research on male fertility and dietary factors. A lot of women may not admit it, but some are perfectly comfortable stepping up and saying, "It's about time!" So far, most research has focused on female fertility and obstacles to conceiving. A recent article -- "The Bad Daddy Factor" -- points to some possible societal reasons why this may be the case.

Article author Emily Anthes goes all the way back to the 1960's to mention the few researchers who were looking at the impact of men's contribution on both fertility and infant well-being. She describes how most of their scientific colleagues weren't equally concerned, so the burden of cause continued to fall mostly in women's laps for decades. The writer goes on to connect this historical lack of aggressive research with society's viewpoints on gender and even politics. The good news: those viewpoints seem to be evolving.

Like my own colleagues, I am thrilled every time I hear about new interest in reproductive research. The more we learn about the causes of infertility, the better able we are to both educate young men about prevention and to treat the later results of lifestyle choices that are not fertility-focused.

On behalf of Houston Fertility Center's staff, my wish this season is that you and yours reap the benefits from advancing research, technology, and compassionate fertility care -- and grow your family with love.

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