This is the first real scientific breakthrough to explain male infertility. Gary Cherr, a professor at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and Center for Health and Environment and senior author of the report explains, "In 70 percent of men, you can't explain their infertility on the basis of sperm count and quality.”
Nearly 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving and a third of those cases are due to male infertility factors. This is typically diagnosed as a result of abnormal semen analysis . However, sometimes even in the absence of abnormal semen or other female factors, couples are unable to conceive. This is called unexplained infertility.
Experts are encouraged that this new discovery could help reproductive specialists imporve infertility testing as well as treatment for males.
The study was published in the July 20th edition of the journal Science Translational Medicine.