Diabetes and Male Infertility


Here is another study that was discussed at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference earlier this month. :)

Dr. Con Mallidis of Queen’s University in Belfast, UK presented his findings from a study that looked at the link between diabetes and male infertility. He feels that it isn’t a coincidence that there is both an increase in male diabetes and male infertility in the world right now.

When he studied the semen of men who were currently taking part in insulin therapy, the semen looked normal except for being smaller in quantity or volume. However, when he looked a bit more, he found that there was significant DNA damage that because of the diabetes was unable to be repaired.

Since the DNA quality of sperm is associated with embryo quality, miscarriage rates and some childhood diseases, it makes sense that the damaged sperm is of concern when trying to conceive.

So, if your partner has diabetes make sure you talk with your doctor about a fertility plan that works best for both of you!!

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I am currently in the same situation with you except he doesn't have another child. He is childless and I am not. I want to bare him a child because I want him to enjoy fatherhood. This is very hard because we both want children and I don't know where to turn. Let me know if there has been any update as in this year we will be trying to seek medical help.
Good Luck!

Anonymous — Aug 31, 2010
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I'm 32, and my husband is 34 and diabetic since he was 17; we have been unsuccessful in getting pregnant because of retrograde ejaculation (it goes backwards, instead of OUT, where it needs to go!) and I'm feeling hopeless. He has a son from a previous relationship, and I just feel like I missed that boat by a couple of years. I wonder if anyone else has gone through this and how you got through it? Are we going to ever have kids? Or, should I just give up? It's causing him such stress because he wants to have another one almost as much as I do..... anyone have any advice?
Thanks.

Anonymous — Oct 02, 2009
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I'm 32, and my husband is 34 and diabetic since he was 17; we have been unsuccessful in getting pregnant because of retrograde ejaculation (it goes backwards, instead of OUT, where it needs to go!) and I'm feeling hopeless. He has a son from a previous relationship, and I just feel like I missed that boat by a couple of years. I wonder if anyone else has gone through this and how you got through it? Are we going to ever have kids? Or, should I just give up? It's causing him such stress because he wants to have another one almost as much as I do..... anyone have any advice?
Thanks.

Anonymous — Oct 02, 2009
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