Podcast: Exploring the Male Fertility Crisis
Desai Sethi Urology Institute director of reproductive urology Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., debunks fertility myths on the “Inside U Miami Medicine” podcast.
Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., talks about male fertility with University of Miami Miller School of Medicine dean and chief academic officer Henri R. Ford, M.D.
“How do I know if I’m infertile?”
“What causes male infertility?”
“If I’m the reason for our conception troubles, what do I do?”
Men often grapple with these questions in silence, turning to desperate, futile internet searches to find answers.
Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., director of reproductive urology at the Desai Sethi Urology Institute, uses research to debunk fertility myths and provides clarity and treatment options for couples struggling to conceive.
Dispelling Fertility Misconceptions
Contrary to common belief, male factors are either the primary cause or a significant contributing factor in nearly half of all infertility cases. This widespread misconception encourages a social stigma that has persisted for years.
“It’s a cultural problem that exists all over the world,” Dr. Ramasamy said.
In the latest episode of “Inside U Miami Medicine,” Dr. Ramasamy tackles the queries many men are reluctant to ask. His timing couldn’t be better.
“The prevalence of male fertility as a problem has only increased in the last few years,” he said. “As a society, we’ve become less physically active, diabetes as gone up, obesity has gone up and sedentary lifestyles have gone up. Exposure to drugs, like testosterone, steroids, and marijuana, have all increased over the last 10 to 20 years. And all this has an impact on sperm.”
Modern Impacts on Fertility
Dr. Ramasamy also sheds light on contemporary concerns such as the impact of the diabetes drug Ozempic® that has gained popularity as a weight-loss solution, as well as the effects of climate change on sperm quality.
“Any time you increase the temperature around the testes, it can affect the sperm count, concentration and motility,” he said. “And with climate change and global warming happening, I think we’re going to see an adverse impact on sperm counts in the next few years to come.”