Can men be born infertile or become infertile in childhood?

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Can men be born infertile or become infertile in childhood?

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Sometimes male infertility is present from birth, even though parents and the individual won't know it. One of the more common causes of sperm production problems in later life is young infants that are born with their testicles undescended. And one of the key examinations at birth of pediatricians is to check and make sure that the testicles are in the scrotum, and sometimes they may be but may move back into the abdominal cavity. So moms should really check in the first year of life to make sure that the testicles are down in the scrotum in their male infants. Because testicles that are intra-abdominal can be damaged by the body temperature and sperm production will not be normal when they reach adolescence and adulthood. Certain genetic abnormalities are present; some boys are born with an abnormal Y chromosome and they'll never produce normal sperm; even though they're normal males, they just don't have normal sperm production. Sometimes testicular trauma in adolescence occurs, football injuries, biking accidents, and those can cause problems later in life. So there are a number of things to observe when your child is young, your male infant is young, to make sure that those are things that can be correctable and therefore avoid a problem with male infertility issues in later life.
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Richard Marrs, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Richard Marrs is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. He studied medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Texas before moving to Southern California to study Reproductive Endocrinology. While at the University of Southern California, he developed one of the country’s first IVF programs, which is responsible for the second IVF birth in the United States and the first birth from cryopreserved embryos in the United States in 1986. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of IVF. He has published over 200 papers and books in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology and In Vitro Fertilization and is a prominent figure in the national and international infertility communities. In 1996, he published a book for couples called the Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant.

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