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What to Expect When Visiting Your Doctor

The basic work-up for men begins with an appointment with a physician to discuss medical history and current medical status

Past medical problems that may affect infertility

  • Mumps after puberty
  • Hernia repairs
  • Athletic injuries to the groin
  • History of undescended testicles

Sexual history may affect fertility

  • Possible STDs
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Prostatitis
  • Impotence or ejaculatory problems
  • Certain prescription medications as well as excessive smoking, drinking or drug use can affect sperm quality

The Physician will examine the following:

  • Hair growth pattern in the genital area, which should be diamond shaped, extending upward toward the navel
  • A general examination of the penis for abnormalities
  • An examination of the scrotum with careful attention to the size and firmness of the testes
  • Prostate examination

Hormone levels in the male are very important in defining normal fertility

  • FSH Levels: The normal range is 4 to 10 mIU/mL
  • Androgen Levels- Testosterone : The normal range is 300 to 1,111 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter)
  • Prolactin: The normal level is less than 20ng/mL

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