Precongress Course 1
Special Interest Group Andrology
Jackson Kirkman-Brown (United Kingdom), Willem Ombelet (Belgium) and Stefan Schlatt (Germany)
In this course we aim to update the actual situation considering semen analysis in clinical practice. The objective is to give an overview of the most important reasons of semen abnormalities, the value of a routine semen analysis, the pros and cons considering the WHO-criteria, the huge methodological problems associated with sperm examinations worldwide, the value of sperm function tests and genetic screening and the use of semen parameters in predicting success in assisted reproduction including intrauterine insemination. Methodological differences in semen analyses have to be solved urgently, the possible strategies will be discussed. Scientific studies on male infertility will always be biased by methodological differences in interpreting semen. The need for a more appropriate scoring will be discussed.
All clinicians, biologists, scientists, IVF laboratory technicians and paramedicals interested in male infertility.
Educational needs and expected outcomes