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Can Cycling Affect Male Fertility?

A special class of Dr. Mistry’s patients is long-distance bicycle riders. There’s a distinct difference between wearing boxers or briefs a few hours a day and going on a 110-mile bike ride with shorts that are so tight they leave nothing to the imagination.

People will often ask, how does long-distance bicycle riding affect fertility? Cycling can affect men’s fertility in several ways, including:

  1. The rigors of training can take important bodily resources away from the reproductive tract. No one ever said cycling is easy! Training is often rigorous and puts a lot on the body.

 

  1. As we all know, we can’t just jump up and decide one day to go on a 100-mile bike ride. Well, we could, but we probably wouldn’t get very far without months of training and preparation. Cyclists know this well and often have to train their bodies to withstand long distances and to train their bodies to go periods of heavy activity without a lot of water. This constant cycle of dehydration and heavy training can also have an impact on sperm function, as well as testicular function and testosterone metabolism.

 

  1. We’ve all seen the cycling shorts or body suit that cyclists usually wear when going on a long ride and it can actually impact sperm and fertility. How? The use of tight shorts can increase testicular temperature, which can affect how the sperm move and how effectively they are produced.

 

People who ride bicycles long-distance often will develop a condition called pudendal neuropathy – also known as pudendal neuralgia – in which the nerves that provide feeling to the penis can be impacted. It’s known by many cyclists as a “numb penis” when they get off the bicycle after a long-distance bicycle ride. This can impact their ability to get and maintain an erection, which can also affect fertility.

Concerned about how long-distance cycling or any other sport might have an impact on your fertility? Book an appointment with us today. 

Why Choose the NAU Urology for Your Vasectomy Procedure?

Any procedure, whether simple or complex is an important decision. Making the decision to undergo a vasectomy causes you to look at important factors such as cost, the procedure and ultimately, choosing a provider you can trust.

Why choose NAU Urology family for your vasectomy? When you’re choosing to undergo a procedure such as a vasectomy, you want to feel confident and knowledgeable with the provider you choose. The doctors and staff at NAU Urology have worked hard over the last 10 years to make your vasectomy the best possible experience.

In this, we’ve asked ourselves: What are the services we’d like to have for this procedure? Convenience, comfort, and knowledge are some of the biggest factors when considering a vasectomy and the provider to perform the procedure.

The ability to offer IV sedation in our office makes it possible to provide a consultation and the procedure in the same visit. Many men might be concerned regarding post-vasectomy procedure complications, such as pain or auto-reversal. We’ve taken this important concern into consideration and modified the vasectomy procedure to minimize complications, minimize the possibility of pain afterward, and still maximize the effectiveness of the procedure.

We refer to this as the Mistry Vasectomy. What sets the Mistry Vasectomy apart from every other procedure and provider? In the Mistry Vasectomy, the specific steps performed by Dr. Mistry have been carefully thought out to maximize the effectiveness of the procedure while minimizing pain and complications. Dr. Mistry does not perform the “open-ended vasectomy” where one of the ends of the vas deferens is left untied. The benefit of the open-ended vasectomy in reducing post-procedure pain is unconvincing and the increased rate of sperm granuloma formation causes unnecessary patient distress.

Instead, we’re able to perform the procedure with one incision, usually made underneath the penis, at the very top part of the scrotum. This is in distinction to most offices, which have to perform two incisions, thus doubling the risk of infections or complications relating to the incision. Dr. Mistry also does not use metal clips, because he believes metal clips can bind up nerves and potentially cause post-operative complications such as pain, which can remain for months after the procedure is complete. In addition, all of the stitches used dissolve on their own, minimizing the risk of having to return to the office for stitch removal.

All of the semen analyses performed after a vasectomy are complimentary, which we read ourselves. This allows our patients to avoid unnecessary travel to a lab during prime time Austin traffic to deliver a semen analysis – or what most people do – which is avoiding the process altogether, thus not truly knowing whether the vasectomy truly worked.

Have questions? Ready to schedule your vasectomy? Contact us today to book your appointment!

How Can MFCOA Help Improve Male Fertility?

 
How can Men’s Fertility Center of Austin, part of the NAU Urology Specialists family of providers, help improve men’s fertility through a holistic approach?

A holistic approach to health means treating the “whole” you, not simply narrowing in one area. At Men’s Fertility Center of Austin, we believe in treating the “whole” you to reach optimal health and wellness. This approach can have a positive impact on many areas of your health, including male fertility.

Our comprehensive approach to male health and male fertility focuses on your complete wellness and health, not just one or two areas. Sperm count can often reflect an individual’s overall health, therefore, if an individual has a low sperm count, it could point to health-related issues and vice versa. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity can significantly impact an individual’s fertility potential.

Simply having an abnormal semen analysis is a risk factor for a man to develop cardiovascular disease early in his life. Elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and regulation of blood glucose all can impact fertility. Early identification of these problems, can impact both a man’s fertility as well as help him live longer.

When our providers at Men’s Fertility Center of Austin assess a man’s fertility, we like to use the opportunity to make their whole health better. That’s why at our office, in addition to semen analysis and hormone panels, we will also be doing an intense investigation of your metabolic parameters that can affect your overall health.

What does this include? An evaluation of your blood sugar levels, your thyroid levels, your lipid levels, and your blood pressure. We also make sure that you’re within your ideal body mass index. If you’re leveling out of the ideal range for your health, we have health coaches on staff that can help guide your diet and supplement menu to make you as healthy as you can be. Being the healthiest you can be will positively impact your sperm count.

All patients will have a traditional semen analysis to assess their fertility. This is the most basic test and remains one of the single most important tests to assess male fertility.

Our approach to an individual’s fertility evaluation will focus on four aspects: Genetic, Hormonal, Lifestyle, and Physiology. Our services include genetic fertility testing, hormonal fertility testing, lifestyle fertility evaluation, and physiologic fertility evaluation.

Visit our website or contact our office to schedule your initial consultation today.