BONUS 149: The Semen Analysis & Azoospermia

April 6, 2018

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Craig Niederberger, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and board certified urologist. We discuss exactly what a semen analysis tells you and how to approach the special case of azoospermia.

INTRODUCTION

  • It’s been a while since you were on the show, so I’d like to reintroduce you to the audience. Tell us about your background and how and why you became a reproductive urologist.

SEMEN ANALYSIS

  • What does a semen analysis tell you? Let’s break down each part and what it means:
    • Volume
    • Density
    • Motility
    • Morphology
    • Round cell count
    • Others?
  • What are the different ways of conducting a semen analysis?
  • Why is it important to have a dedicated semen analysis lab?
  • Why is a hospital-based semen analysis less helpful?

AZOOSPERMIA

  • Description
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • How it’s diagnosed
  • How it’s treated and approached

WRAPPING UP

  • Is there any new research tied to male infertility, perhaps azoospermia in particular, that you can explain to listeners?
  • Please share some hopeful success stories about patients with azoospermia.

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