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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There is a lot of “information” out there nowadays. It all started way back when we humans started talking. Then came the written word, and then television, and now it’s the world-wide-web, that great wellspring of all things knowable. Thomas Jefferson considered information the “currency of democracy,” and Ronald Reagan termed it the “oxygen of the modern age.” Where would we be without it? Infomaniac Although I love information as … Continued
I am giving a talk to a large gathering of Kaiser docs from Southern California this week on whether a relationship exists between male infertility and the later development of cancer. We have published some of the most convincing data to date to suggest that they are linked. But is it really, absolutely true? What is Truth? As a scientist who has spent his career always seeking to publish the … Continued
Let me get this straight. Twenty-five years ago, Urologists popularized a blood test for the early detection of a silent but very common and deadly cancer. With this tool in hand, called the PSA test, hundreds of millions of men have been screened worldwide since, changing the face of this cancer on the planet as we know it. What used to be a near fatal disease on presentation, prostate cancer is now curable in most men. And trust me, it’s not because more men decided to jump up and offer to have routine rectal exams over the last several decades!
How many times have you heard “enough is enough.” After you’ve told too many silly jokes? As a kid insisting on ice cream on a hot summer afternoon? Well, it may also be true for how the male hormone testosterone works on your body. More Is Not More But there’s also a corollary: “more is not always better.” We believe it’s the case for testosterone and erection issues and, now, a … Continued
Could our sleepless and stress-filled lifestyles, our haphazard, airport-driven diets and rambunctious social habits be making us less fertile? Might the 87,000 known chemicals, endocrine disruptors and just plain old pollution hovering over our post-industrial environment finally be rearing their ugly heads and affecting reproduction? And exactly what risk does this bring to bear on future generations?
I’m sorry, but after delivering hundreds of lectures worldwide over the past two decades, this invitation is different. It’s from the Feds, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be exact. They want me to speak at a think tank in Washington about the future of men’s health. It’s a great honor, but a very intimidating one. Yes, I’ve been talking for several years about how young men need biomarkers … Continued
The case of the month is an actual patient of The Turek Clinic. He hailed from the Middle East. He cut a striking figure, in a Laurence Olivier kind of way. As a young doctor in his final years of training as a heart surgeon, he had issues with his “stuff.” Quite a few. Six to be exact, which he duly listed for me: Small genitalia (compared to cousins) Early … Continued
He was an elegant man in his late-80s and he came to see me for help. Widowed for 20 years, he recently met a younger woman; she was in her 70’s. He hadn’t had a sex life for many years and also noted “erection issues” for during that time. Still Dreaming “I would really like to have sex with my new lady friend, but I don’t think the system works … Continued
“It’s not about me anymore, is it Doc?” I hear this all the time from men I helped to become new Dads. New responsibility, new priorities, new love. Maybe that’s why having children has been called one of few “vertical moves” in life. While fatherhood changes many a life, it’s also no bed of roses. Sleepless nights, startling, middle-of-the-night cries, unpredictable poops and random behavior. Any doubt who’s really the … Continued
Ask a woman how many irregular periods she’ll have before she gets concerned or gets medical help. The answer is two, or maybe three at most. That fast. Do men have a similar barometer of health? Honestly, what besides pain or a threat-to-life brings young men to medical care? Answer: not much.
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