Society for Male Reproduction and Urology Minisymposium - Drugs, Chemicals and Sperm
Time:5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Location:Room 10 - San Diego Convention Center
Rebecca Z. Sokol, M.D., M.P.H., University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Needs Assessment and Description
Patients are increasingly concerned about the effects that chemicals and drugs may have on their fertility potential. This live course will enable reproductive specialists to discuss the current literature with their patients and counsel them accordingly.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
- Identify lifestyle behaviors and categories of drugs and chemicals that affect male fertility.
- Counsel patients appropriately regarding changes in lifestyle that may improve sperm production.
A 32-year-old man reveals to you that he has been using finasteride to prevent baldness for the past 2 years. After participating in this session, in my practice I will tell this man that with finasteride use:
- A small number of men will have a reversible significant decrease in their sperm concentration.
- Dihydrotestosterone levels increase.
- Luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone levels change markedly.
- Testosterone levels decrease.
- Not applicable to my area of practice.