Male infertility: Specific treatment or assisted reproductive techniques
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr Serge Carrier
687 Pine Avenue West, Royal Victoria Hospital S6.92, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A1.
Telephone: 514-842-1231 ext 34302
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The management and evaluation of the infertile male have undergone tremendous changes since the first successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy 24 years ago. IVF techniques have improved and become more reliable, and these new techniques now allow us to either use a single sperm from the ejaculate semen or to harvest a single sperm directly from the genital tract to inseminate the ovula (ICSI). These techniques give men, for whom it was impossible 10 years ago to induce a pregnancy, the opportunity to have children of their own. Because of the success of assited reproductive technologies, clinicians often wonder whether it is worthwhile to evaluate men who present for infertility or offer other treatments to men who present for infertility.
The Autumn and Winter issues of the Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine review the evaluation and management of the infertile couple, with an emphasis on the male factor, and allow the reader to better understand the place of these new techniques in the treatment of infertile couples. After reading these two issues, clinicians should be able to guide their patients in the decisions they will face while undergoing infertility treatment.