Male infertility, chronicity, and the plight of Palestinian men in Israel and Lebanon

Marcia C. Inhorn, Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli

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Male infertility is a neglected reproductive health problem, yet it contributes to at least half of all cases of subfertility worldwide (P. Chan 2007; Kim 2001). Male infertility is often idiopathic, or of unknown cause; hence, it is recalcitrant to prevention and is among the most difficult forms of infertility to treat (Carrell et al. 2006; Devroey et al. 1998; Irvine 1998; Kamischke and Nieschlag 1998). So-called male factors in infertility include low sperm count (oligospermia), poor sperm motility (asthenospermia), defects of sperm morphology (teratozoospermia), and total absence of sperm in the ejaculate (azoospermia), the latter sometimes due to infection-induced obstructions of the epididymis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChronic Conditions, Fluid States
Subtitle of host publicationChronicity and the Anthropology of Illness
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780813549736
ISBN (Print)9780813547466
StatePublished - 2010

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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