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Research is needed to understand the causes of male infertility and develop treatments

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 07 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1081
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

One in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving and in at least half of cases the fertility of the man may be responsible, but lack of knowledge about male fertility and how to treat it means that boosting a couple’s pregnancy chances will usually involve a costly invasive intervention for the female partner.

Sarah Martins da Silva, clinical lecturer in reproductive medicine at the University of Dundee, told a press conference on male fertility held in London on 6 March that limited understanding of the sperm function required for fertility meant that the problem of male infertility “is incompletely understood,” so “incredibly” there …

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