If you’re not touching your junk every day, you ought to start, stat. Because the better you know what your balls feel like, the sooner you can spot any strange bumps and lumps down there. Such abnormalities can signal testicular cancer—one of the few types of cancer that is more common in younger guys. In fact, nearly half of all cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 20 to 34, and nearly 80 percent strike before the age of 45, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).Here’s what it means if you feel something weird on your testicles. The most common sign of testicular cancer is any kind of lump, hardness, mass, or irregularity inside your testicle. You might notice it randomly, like when you’re scrubbing up in the shower or re-adjusting your junk. Pay attention to any changes in size, shape, or texture of your testicles. You might not be able to feel the mass … [Read more...] about What It Means If You Feel a Lump On Your Balls
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Infertility refers to an inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sex. Infertility can also refer to the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception, or to a female who cannot carry a pregnancy to full term. In many countries infertility refers to a couple that has failed to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of contraception. Studies indicate that slightly over half of all cases of infertility are a result of female conditions, while the rest are caused by either sperm disorders or unidentified factors. According to The Mayo Clinic, USA: About 20% of cases of infertility are due to a problem in the man. About 40% to 50% of cases of infertility are due to a problem in the woman. About 30% to 40% of cases of infertility are due to problems in both the man and the woman. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, USA, approximately 10% to 15% of couples in the USA are infertile - meaning … [Read more...] about Infertility: Causes, Diagnosis, Risks, Treatments
A recent study published in PLOS ONE finds that frozen sperm retrieved via testicular biopsy is as good as fresh sperm in leading to a successful pregnancy through IVF. The finding should make it easier to organize IVF procedures and increase options for infertile couples. IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a technique that helps couples with fertility problems to have a baby. During the procedure, an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries, fertilized in a lab dish with sperm from the man, and the fertilized egg or embryo is then placed in the woman's womb to grow and develop. If the man has a low sperm count or no sperm in his semen at all - for example because of an inherited disorder or as a result of cancer - then viable sperm has to be retrieved directly from the testicle with a biopsy. This is then either used straight away as fresh sperm, or frozen for future use. The procedure is called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and involves injecting a single sperm into the … [Read more...] about Frozen sperm as good as fresh for IVF treatment
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and most effective type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help women become pregnant. The IVF procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman's uterus. In a normal pregnancy a male sperm penetrates a woman's egg and fertilizes it inside her body after ovulation - when a mature egg has been released from the ovaries. The fertilized egg (now an embryo) then attaches itself to the wall of the uterus (womb) and begins developing into a baby. This is known as natural conception. However, some women are unable to become pregnant through natural or unassisted conception and have to undergo fertility treatment to become pregnant. If less expensive fertility techniques do not work, some women may decide to opt for IVF. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, about 1% of U.S. infants are conceived through IVF. To date, IVF has contributed to … [Read more...] about IVF: What Are Test Tube Babies?