Male infertility as a window to health
Male infertility may be a harbinger of future health. Associations may arise from genetic, developmental, and lifestyle factors. Male infertility may be associated with chronic medical conditions, hospitalization, and mortality.
Volume 110, Issue 5, Pages 810–814
Jeremy T. Choy, M.D., Michael L. Eisenberg, M.D.
There is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that male infertility may be a harbinger of future health. Potential associations between infertility and health may arise from genetic, developmental, and lifestyle factors. Studies have explored possible links between male infertility and oncologic, cardiovascular, metabolic, and autoimmune diseases. Male infertility may also be a predictor of hospitalization and mortality. Additional research is required to elucidate the mechanisms by which male infertility affects overall health.