Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Eisenberg: There has been growing data that a man’s overall health may impact his fertility. As such, we wanted to explore this link using the NICHD LIFE Study which has the unique ability to account for both health and work exposure in men with both normal and abnormal fertility. We found that certain aspects of a man’s work and health can impact his semen parameters.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Eisenberg: We have identified potentially modifiable factors which can provide future targets for studies to improve a man’s fertility.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Eisenberg: These associations should be explored in other populations. In addition, further work is necessary to be able to understand how a health ailment can impact fertility.
Michael L. Eisenberg, Zhen Chen, Aijun Ye, Germaine M. Buck Louis. Relationship between physical occupational exposures and health on semen quality: data from the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study. Fertility and Sterility, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.02.010
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Michael L. Eisenberg, M.D (2015). Male Occupation and Health Can Affect Fertility