GUIDELINES FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND TREATMENT OF MALE INFERTILITY
(Text update April 2010)
Jungwirth, T. Diemer, A. Giwercman, Z. Kopa, C. Krausz,
Tournaye, G.R. Dohle Eur Urol 2002 Oct;42(4):313-22 Eur Urol 2004 Nov;46(5):555-8
Definition ‘Infertility is the inability of a sexually active, non-contracept- ing couple to achieve pregnancy in one year’ (WHO, 2000). About 15% of couples do not achieve pregnancy within 1 year and seek medical treatment for infertility. Less than 5% remain unwillingly childless.
Prognostic factors The main factors influencing the prognosis in infertility are:
duration of infertility;
primary or secondary infertility;
results of semen analysis;
age and fertility status of the female partner.
As a urogenital expert, the urologist should examine any male with fertility problems for urogenital abnormalities, so that appropriate medical advise and treatment can be given.
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