Award-winning urologist - and pioneer in Men's Health - Dr. Paul Turek blogs weekly about issues such as infertility, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal, sexual and hormonal dysfunction and more. Keep up with the latest on this fascinating field of medicine.
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The epididymis has been on my mind recently. The Epi-WHAT-amus? What is that? Well, for one, it’s probably the shortest 5-syllable word you’ve ever heard. And, it happens to be the name of an organ that can spell the difference between being a fertile or infertile guy. Anatomy First The epididymis is an 18-foot long, tightly coiled, almost microscopic, sperm-filled tubule that could fit into a pen cap. It sits … Continued
I know its hard to fathom but spring is almost here. Out East, they’re buried in snow. Out West, the specials this week are flooding and mudslides. Nevertheless, soon enough, birds and bees will fill the air and thoughts of more than just pollination will cross the minds of many. So, how do you make your sperm as healthy and fit as they can be? Well, the body makes sperm, … Continued
There is no doubt that we are a testosterone-obsessed culture. And not just in sunny California, where I live. Who hasn’t seen those “Low T” ads nightly on the tube: Falling asleep after dinner? Feeling grumpy? Low energy? Losing strength? Sex drive slipping? Is testosterone really the Holy Grail that it’s been pumped up to be? Testosterone Truths As a clinician who prescribes testosterone all the time, the honest truth … Continued
Valentine’s Day. I hope you had a chance to lighten up. To laugh mirthfully. To enjoy the moment, with family, friends, a lover, a partner or a pet. Truth be told, the lighter side of life could extend your life. Laughter as Medicine Facts are mounting that laughter is serious medicine for a long life. Clearly, I am dating myself, but George Burns, a stand-up comic, was actually booked to … Continued
It happened again today. A delighted couple called to say that they just conceived their miracle baby. “What, an immaculate conception?” you ask. No, but close. After 3 failed rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF), they threw in the towel, went home and…bang, got pregnant the next month in the privacy of their own sofa bed. Happens all the time. Stress Then and Now Although a scientist at heart, I … Continued
They kept me on my toes, I have to say. Spewing out crisp, meaty answers (in 140 characters or less) to a quiver of live, rapid-fire questions was a challenge. Kind of like 2-minute speed dating, but without the bourbon on the rocks. Commando Tweeting I was a guest “speaker” on a tweet chat hosted by Fertility Authority this week. My goal was to respond precisely and informatively to real-world questions … Continued
The case of the month is an actual patient from The Turek Clinic. He arrived exhausted after a flight from Shanghai. We had talked over the phone several times earlier and he decided that he had to try once more before throwing in the towel on becoming a biological Dad. Here to Help He was diagnosed with nonobstructive azoospermia and had been through several failed sperm retrieval procedures, included the … Continued
Uh oh, my report card arrived. In grade school, they came in manila envelopes and you had to take them home and have the ‘rents sign off on them. Now, they come in emails. Boom. Right there. So fast. Not even enough time to react. Honestly, we’re always being graded in life. But, in some strange way, I see this as an opportunity. A chance to improve, to make things … Continued
“Dr. Turek, we’ve seen quite a few doctors about this problem. We want the best information on how to proceed so we can make the best decision going forward…” Certainly, be glad to help. Nose Forward I admire patients who seek to pilot their care. In fact, given all the changes in U.S. medical care today, it’s becoming essential to do this. Not only that, it’s easier than you think … Continued
Forgive me for dreaming, but it’s the New Year and a great time to think about what the future holds, if only for a moment. Maybe you have a vision for what you’d like to see happen, whether political, financial, personal or global. Here is a deeply felt professional vision that constantly inspires me. Truly Azoospermic? You are a patient and you have been told that you are sterile and … Continued
Dr. Paul Turek sits down with Elsevier to discuss his most recent publications. To read more about his published work with Elsevier, visit www.elsevierauthors.com/paulturek.
This video features highlights from the scientific visioning process coordinated in 2011 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. The aim of this process is to develop a scientific vision that inspires NICHD, its many partners, and the research community to think ambitiously and broadly, across traditional disciplinary boundaries, about new ways to advance knowledge and … Continued
As an international thought leader on men’s health issues, Dr. Turek was asked to present an overview of sexual health for men at any age at Google. This talk addresses the concepts and cures for common sexual issues such as low sex drive, infertility, hormonal disturbances and other conditions that affect reproduction.
Clinic By the Bay’s overarching goal is to improve access to comprehensive, quality health care for the region’s working uninsured, while providing meaningful opportunities for civic engagement. As one of 84 Volunteers in Medicine clinics nationally, we engage retired and practicing doctors, nurses, and other community volunteers to provide compassionate care, free of charge, to our working uninsured neighbors. As such, Clinic by the Bay is about “neighbor helping neighbor.” … Continued
The Mythbusters team approached Dr. Turek, an expert in sperm biology, to help them figure out how Coca Cola irrigation of the female reproductive tract after sex could be a contraceptive. They wanted to better understand if there was any biological basis for a Coca Cola “contraceptive effect”. On reviewing their “scientific” experiments, Dr. Turek helps them come to the conclusion that Coca Cola does not necessarily kill sperm on … Continued
The Economist TV (United Kingdom) interviews Dr. Turek about his published research discovery showing that many infertile men may have problems with DNA repair. DNA repair is critical to normal growth and development. Studies show that problems with DNA repair can lead to cancer and infertility in animals. This finding has potentially profound implications on cancer and male infertility, as discussed in the video. The findings could have an impact … Continued
Jennifer and Brian are struggling to conceive. Brian has been diagnosed with azoospermia and so they went to Dr. Turek to explore their options to have their own child. Dr. Paul Turek explains the latest advances of FNA testicular mapping during the show.
CBS This Morning interviews Dr. Turek about a common male infertility blockage problem that can be cured with microsurgery. This is the same kind of procedure that is used to reverse vasectomies, but in this case, the patient did not have a vasectomy. He presented with a blockage of unknown cause and Dr. Turek repaired it microsurgically. As a result of the blockage procedure, the couple conceived naturally afterwards.
The most common male sexual health problem is early ejaculation. This is defined as ejaculation that occurs too early for the satisfaction of either the patient or his partner. This problem really affects the sex lives of men and is much more common that even erectile dysfunction. In this interview for CBS Evening News, Dr. Turek focuses on the diagnosis of early ejaculation and discusses older and newer treatment options … Continued
There has been an ongoing and vocal worldwide debate over the past decade about whether or not sperm counts are falling among men. This television interview with Dr. Turek was conducted to learn more about the “truth” behind the perceived worldwide sperm count decline in men. How significant is the trend? Could other issues explain a broad decline in sperm counts across the globe? Dr. Turek discusses these issues.
Bay Area KTVU Channel 2 interviews Dr. Turek about his exciting breakthrough in male reproductive health. The interview focuses on his recently published research, performed in conjunction with a team from Stanford University, on stems cells found in men’s testes. This research project created stem cells from the testicles of adult men. This is groundbreaking work because it avoids the use of embryos, viruses and other politically charged mechanisms that … Continued
Patients with male infertility can often present with sperm in the ejaculate that doesn’t move. Sperm must move to find and fertilize eggs during natural conception. These sperm may be fine in every other way, but in this situation, male infertility is the rule. In this interview with CNN, Dr. Turek describes his published invention that was designed to harmlessly “poke” a nonmoving sperm with a weak sugar solution to … Continued
When Dr. Turek ran in to a scheduling conflict, we solved the issue by creating this video lecture for the American College of Surgeons.
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- American College of Surgeons, Fellow
- American Society of Andrology, Executive Council member and President
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Chaired Post-Graduate Courses and / or Workshops
- American Urological Association, Active Member
- Asian Journal of Andrology: Editorial Board
- AUA Medical Student Curriculum in Urology
- Doximity.com, Board Member
- FertilityPlanit.com, Advisory Board
- HealthLoop.com, Advisory Board
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Chaired Post-Graduate Courses and / or Workshops
- Royal Society of Medicine (UK)
- Societe' Internationale d'Urologie
- Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, Chaired Post-Graduate Courses and / or Workshops
- The Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU), Chaired Post-Graduate Courses and / or Workshops