Examining Male Infertility

Susanne Quallich

Disclosures

Urol Nurs. 2006;26(4):277-288. 

In This Article

Conclusions

The discussion of treatments for a variety of male infertility diagnoses requires a basic understanding of male GU anatomy and function, as well as understanding of the hormonal processes that control spermatogenesis. The male infertility evaluation often represents the first time an otherwise healthy male is faced with the concept that he is somehow 'not normal.' Not only can this be an affront to his masculinity, but depending on the larger religious and/or cultural context, failure to have children can impact his standing in his community. This can be heightened by the fact that the outcome is not always predictable, even with the use of assisted reproductive technologies. As technologies continue to progress, there will be new options that become available to couples whose only options currently are donor insemination or adoption.

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