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Unanswered Questions About Marijuana and Male Reproductive Health

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 
2017 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS & EXPO
 

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San Antonio, TX - A team of researchers from the University of Washington today presented their findings on what is known about the impact of marijuana use on male reproductive health. The answer, not nearly enough.

The Seattle team performed a search on all the English language articles in the scientific literature that had examined the impact of cannabis use on male reproduction. They found a total of 51 articles, of which only 3 investigated the clinical impact of marijuana on infertility or semen quality. The small amount of information available suggests that cannabis use has a detrimental impact on male fertility.

“With increasing legalization, it is likely that more and more patients who use marijuana either medicinally or recreationally will be attempting to have children. It is vital that we have accurate information so that we may counsel them effectively. The fact is there simply have not been enough quality studies to allow us to fully understand the relationship between marijuana use and male reproduction, but the limited information available suggests that marijuana adversely affects male fertility,” said Peter Schlegel, MD, Vice President of the ASRM.

P-62 M. J. Rogers et al,” RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CANNABIS AND MALE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.”

 

ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine. www.asrm.org 


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