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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Male Biological Clock The Male Biological Clock (March 09, 2005)

Stanford Health Library

Men, that ticking sound you hear just might be your very own biological clock. That's right - while men may not face the same fertility deadline as women, they do experience changes in their fertility and sexuality as they age, a uniquely male-version of the biological clock.

A new book, "The Male Biological Clock: Startling News About Aging, Sexuality and Fertility in Men," by Harry Fisch, M.D., explains the effects of time on men's ability to reproduce and function sexually. The male equivalent of menopause, called "andropause," features a steady decline in male sex hormones (androgens) and a related decrease in sperm count, sperm health, sexual desire and performance. When it actually begins in men is variable. According to Fisch, a leading expert in male infertility, the male biological clock ticks slowly and steadily with effects that are less obvious than seen in females. Just how fast the clock ticks in a man depends on his genetic heritage, his environment and how well he takes care of himself.

"The Male Biological Clock" provides clinical information that is easily read and understood. The book offers solutions to problems that men may be reluctant to face. By addressing common misconceptions, the author shows readers how to slow the ticking of their own biological clock.

Much of the book focuses on reproductive issues. Infertility, often considered a female problem, is as much a problem for men. The odds of male infertility increase significantly with age, even for relatively young men. Men are twice as likely to be infertile at 35 as they are at 25. The book discusses causes of male infertility and the latest treatment methods for it. He offers men, who are having difficulty fathering a child, hope in the form of information.

While the majority of the book focuses on fertility issues, Fisch also addresses male sexuality and aging. He includes valuable advice and treatment options for common problems, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, lack of sexual desire and the inability to have an orgasm.

This book is invaluable for men (and their female partners), whether they are trying to have a child or wanting to improve their sex life. "The Male Biological Clock" gives men a realistic picture of their sexual selves as they age and provides the tools to understand and cope with inevitable change in their lives.

"The Male Biological Clock" is available for borrowing at the Stanford Health Library. The Health Library has a number of other books that deal with male sexuality and fertility. The Health Library Web site has a section on Men's Health ( with even more valuable information. For more information, come into one of the Health Library branches, at the Stanford Shopping Center near Bloomingdales'; on the third floor of Stanford Hospital or on the main level of Stanford's new Cancer Center; or call (650) 725-8400.

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