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Is There a Link Between Age and Male Fertility?

There is a scientifically proven link between age and declining male fertility. Many people assume age affects only female fertility. However, studies have shown male fertility lessens as men age, too. The following examines the link between age and male fertility and proposes some options for protecting fertility if you’re not quite ready to build your family today.

Changes to male sexual function

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Male Sexual Health and How It Affects Fertility

You might be thinking that male sexual health and fertility are separate concerns. For instance, you could be enjoying a fulfilling sex life, but your female partner hasn’t conceived. Or you could be aware of a sexual issue — such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or impotence — but unaware that it might have negative effects on your fertility.

Sexual health and fertility are connected in more ways than one. We’ll break down the connections and explore how and why good male sexual health is important to your family-planning goals.

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How Artificial Insemination / IUI Works

Artificial Insemination (AI) refers to the process of a physician inserting sperm directly into a woman’s uterus (IUI), cervix (ICI), or fallopian tubes. Artificial insemination is used in cases of male and female infertility as well as for LGBT family building.

IUI, intrauterine insemination, is the most popular form of artificial insemination.

How Artificial Insemination Works

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Do I Still Need to Care about the Zika Virus?

The Zika virus might not have made many news headlines so far this summer; however, that does not mean those attempting to conceive can assume the virus no longer poses a serious concern.

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How to Make the Most of a Male Fertility Consultation

A consultation with a male fertility specialist is the first step toward receiving a diagnosis and determining whether fertility treatment is needed or whether a medical approach is best to assist with family planning goals. Many men may find the step of actually attending a fertility consult daunting because it means they are “admitting” to a potential issue. One important thing to remember throughout this process is that male fertility issues are very common, even if not yet widely and openly discussed.

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Seven Sperm Facts That Will Surprise You

Even today, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding male fertility, and specifically sperm health. The health of a man’s sperm is dependent on a number of factors, and issues with sperm’s quality can stem from any of them. 

At the Fertility Center of California, we wish to dispel unhelpful myths by providing educational information that men can use to make healthy choices that will benefit both their fertility and overall health.

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What You Need to Know About Stress and Male Fertility

A common reaction to hearing about fertility issues, whether relating to male or female concerns, is for someone to tell you to simply “relax.”

“Relax, and it will happen naturally.”

“Take it easy. Stress makes things worse.”

“Maybe you’d conceive if you took a vacation.”

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How Does Cancer Treatment Impact Male Fertility?

Fertility preservation, also known as sperm freezing, is fortunately an increasingly prevalent part of the conversation recently diagnosed cancer patients have with their oncologist. In the past, what could happen to a man’s fertility after cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation was not on the radar. Patients were not informed prior to treatment that their fertility could be negatively affected or that there were options for preservation should any ill effects occur.

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What Happens after I Donate Sperm?

Becoming a sperm donor is admirable, and the Fertility Center of California supports donors throughout the donation process. For the most part, sperm donation is straightforward, but there are elements of the program, including what is required of the donor, that may come as a surprise.

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Semen Analysis Preparation

A semen analysis serves the purpose of evaluating ejaculated sperm, and 2-3 may be required to get a full baseline because sperm counts can vary from one day to the next. The procedure is a core component of male fertility testing, and results can determine whether male factor infertility is present.

What does a semen analysis look for?

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