Increased risk of male infertility in men with obstructive sleep apnea.

Takeaway

  • Sleep disturbance, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with a number of metabolic and neurocognitive functions. The results from this study indicate that the risk of male infertility is also increased by OSA.

Why this matters

  • Globally, the overall median prevalence of infertility is estimated to be 9%, with male infertility to be a contributing factor in about 50% of infertility cases.

  • This study found that OSA increased the risk of male infertility, with increasing OSA exposure associated with an increased risk of infertility. Conversely, management of OSA reduced the risk of infertility compared with those who had OSA and did not receive treatment. Thus, early identification and management of OSA may reduce the risk of male infertility.

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