Male factor infertility

Kristin Bendikson, MD Fertility Specialist, shares advice for men on what can cause male factor infertility and some possible solutions to increase sperm production
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Male factor infertility

20% of infertility is caused by male issue. We use the semen analysis to detect those men who might have an issue with sperm production. Oftentimes, this can be genetically inherited, but there are lifestyle issues and environmental factors that can play a role in sperm production. For example, there's something called a varicocele. This is the dilated vein in the testicle that can lead to decrease sperm production. A varicocele can be easily repaired by a urologist, and this can lead to an improvement in the sperm parameters in the semen analysis. Although, it does takes several months to see this improvement. Other lifestyle issues such as drinking, smoking, cocaine use, even anabolic steroids, can decrease one's fertility potential. There are some medications, for example: high blood pressure medications and antidepressants. These can also decrease a man's fertility potential. Even obesity can decrease sperm count. For that reason, it is important to speak with your fertility specialist to discuss which lifestyle factors may be having a negative impact on the semen parameters.
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Kristin Bendikson, MD Fertility Specialist, shares advice for men on what can cause male factor infertility and some possible solutions to increase sperm production


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Kristin Bendikson, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Kristin A. Bendikson joined USC Fertility after finishing her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Harvard Medical School and completing her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the internationally renowned Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical College. During that time, she received intensive training in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and fertility surgery, as well as the management of other disorders including recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kristin received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and attended the prestigious New York University School of Medicine. Her extensive training and years in practice have prepared her to deal with the most difficult and challenging cases.

Kristin holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is the currently the principal investigator of several research projects including the study of zygote intrafallopian tube transfer for women of advanced reproductive age, aging of the uterine endometrium and vitamin D and its role in infertility. It is her goal to provide the highest quality care for her patients and to help them fulfill their desire of having a healthy baby. In addition, she strives to guide her patients through what can be a trying and difficult journey by providing them with the support and personal attention they need.

Fertility expert, teacher, and researcher, Kristin is also a married mother of two. She resides in West Los Angeles with her family.

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