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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“Doc, should I bank my sperm to protect my heirs from going mad?” Wow, now that’s a question. He was wondering how he should handle the now credible link between older dads and their kids having higher rates of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Although small, the increase in these conditions in offspring of older dads is significant, and guys without rug rats are now, officially, worried about them. Take … Continued
This is a guest post from MeiMei Fox, who moderated a session I participated in at Fertility Planit LA this past weekend. MeiMei is the published author, co-author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of hundreds of non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, articles, and blogs, including New York Times bestsellers Bend, Not Break with Ping Fu and Fortytude with Sarah Brokaw. She has edited books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Columbia professor Robert Thurman, and was Expedition … Continued
I have to admit, I had a great time in my two interactive sessions at the Fertility Planit show in LA this weekend. For the first one, I joined best selling author and blogger MeiMei Fox, therapist and LoveLine regular Simeone Bienne, and celebrity doctor Dr Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz for a most entertaining hour of “Keeping Sex Passionate When You’re Trying to Conceive.” Here are some of the finer take-home points: Early … Continued
This blog post includes a preview of my keynote at Fertility Planit Show Los Angeles, which takes place on April 4th and 5th at UCLA. We’re pleased to be able to offer you complimentary admission to the event. Register using this link and promo code FPGUEST. Space is limited. I hope to see you there! Ok, here’s the scoop. I have two men’s health practices. As part of this, I offer free telephone consultations to … Continued
It looks and drives great. After almost a year in the shop, the vintage Volvo my Dad and I were fixing together is done. All waxed and polished, it rolled out of the shop in rural Connecticut recently in 20-degree weather. Fired up, no problem. Ready to run for another 40 years. Time and Neglect This car was stored in a barn in my mother’s backyard for over two decades. … Continued
I’ve done my share of stints with national press, but this particular call from New York was different. Not an advertising pitch, it was the real deal: an invitation to co-host a 2-hour Sirius XM radio show on Doctor Radio. Click and Clack on Men’s Health As a car guy, I have been listening to Click and Clack on “Car Talk” for years on National Public Radio (NPR). Two Boston brothers, … Continued
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
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