Infertility is a widespread problem and a male contribution is involved in 20-70% of affected couples. As a man's fertility relies on the quantity and quality of his sperm, semen analysis is generally used as the proxy to estimate fertility or gain insight into the underlying reasons for infertility. Male reproductive impairment might result from factors that affect sperm production, quality, function, or transport. Although in most men the origin of infertility remains unexplained, genetic causes are increasingly being discovered. In this first of two papers in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Series on male reproductive impairment, we propose a novel, clinically based aetiological construct with a genetic focus, and consider how this might serve as a helpful way to conceptualise a diagnostic algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-553
JournalLancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017

    Research areas

  • Review

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