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Ever since IVF (and especially ICSI) was introduced to the world stage, it immediately became the “go to” procedure to help infertile couples. This occurred without scientific validation of its safety or formal study of its cost-effectiveness or medical “value.” Significant research has since been published that compares classical treatments for male infertility, including medical therapy, lifestyle and diet changes, varicocele repair, vasectomy reversal and ejaculatory duct resection, to assisted reproduction (including IUI). The literature shows a clear difference in the “value” of treating versus bypassing male infertility with assisted reproduction and is the topic of this lecture.
That topic is one of the youngest fields of research when it comes to reasons for male infertility. But the term is a confusing one, hardly anyone knows what exactly is meant by epigenetics. We´re going to dig deeper into epigenetics and why Chinese Medicine might be an important treatment tool, as epigenetic changes are of huge importance in our understanding and finding treatment options for male infertility, especially in unexplained male infertility (UMI).
Video 1: Back to Basics: Why Treat Male Infertility Before Using Assisted Reproduction? (Dr. Paul Turek)
Video 2: Epigenetics & Male Infertility - Why Chinese Medicine Could be the Game Changer (Olivia Pojer, MD)
- Explain the difference between cost-effectiveness and decision modeling analyses to assess fertility treatments
- Describe 3 classical surgical treatments offered for male infertility
- Define how the “shift of care” argument applies male infertility treatment
- Outline 3 ways that diet and lifestyle changes improve natural fertility
This lecture intends to make therapists aware of epigenetics and the importance of Chinese Medicine to treat epigenetic issues causing male factor infertility.