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Reproductive Health in Men

  • By: James F. Smith, Michael L. Eisenberg & Thomas J. Walsh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

Male infertility affects a large number of individuals. Society and individuals have grown to believe in the power of improving one's own health. Despite this, the growing epidemic of obesity has proven to be a threat to the health of many men. Many risk factors, including obesity, diet, and other lifestyle choices, have been shown to be associated with male infertility. However, it remains unclear if modifications of certain lifestyle choices can result in improvements in male reproductive health. However, if these benefits were realized, lifestyle modification could offer an additional fertility treatment option for many men with poor semen quality.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive despite 1 year of regular, unprotected intercourse, and it affects from 7% to 17% of the U.S. ...

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