Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Genetic Testing
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- Spinal Cord Injuries and Fertility -
Because the majority of people suffering from spinal cord injuries are men of reproductive age, the question of fertility is a very important one. Women may experience an interruption in ovulation for a year or so after their injury, but then their ovulation and hormonal levels generally return to normal. For men, however, spinal cord injuries can result in a permanent loss of fertility.
The pressures of infertility for these men can add a great deal of stress to an already difficult situation. Many men with spinal cord injuries can achieve erections sufficient to perform intercourse, depending on the completeness of their injury. However, only a very small number of these men can successfully father a child on their own.
At the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Genetic Testing, we can offer hope to men with SCI who wish to father a child. By combining procedures that can obtain viable sperm with the latest assisted reproductive technologies, we can help relieve the stress of infertility.
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