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BackTable / Urology / Podcast / Episode #167

Solving Semen Analysis Barriers: Innovation & Accessibility

with Dr. James Smith

In this episode of Backtable Urology, Dr. James Smith, Director of Male Reproductive Health at UC San Francisco and CMO of Fellow, discusses advancements in semen analysis and fertility testing with Dr. Jose Silva.

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Dr. James Smith discusses Solving Semen Analysis Barriers: Innovation & Accessibility on the BackTable 167 Podcast

Dr. James Smith

Dr. Jim Smith is a reproductive urologist and clinical professor at UCSF in San Fransisco and the chief medical officer at Fellow Health.

Dr. Jose Silva discusses Solving Semen Analysis Barriers: Innovation & Accessibility on the BackTable 167 Podcast

Dr. Jose Silva

Dr. Jose Silva is a board certified urologist practicing in Central Florida.

Synopsis

First, Dr. Smith introduces the significance of a comprehensive approach to examining male fertility, including total motile sperm counts and treatable conditions like prostatitis. He also highlights the role of the Fellow kit, a mail-in semen analysis test that improves the access and availability of sperm analysis. He explains the scientific foundations behind the Fellow kit, including temperature control, nutrient supply, and antibacterial measures to preserve sperm motility. The episode also touches on broader themes in fertility, such as the impact of illnesses like COVID-19 on sperm quality, the potential for future molecular and genetic testing in semen analysis, and the socioeconomic factors affecting access to fertility testing. Finally, Dr. Smith emphasizes the importance of early and comprehensive fertility evaluations for men and discusses the potential for future research to further improve fertility diagnostics.

Timestamps

0:00 - Exploring Fertility Challenges and Solutions
10:16 - The Game-Changing Impact of the Fellow Semen Analysis Kit
15:29 - Navigating Semen Analysis: Quality, Progression, and Treatment
22:51 - The Importance of Early Fertility Testing and Intervention
27:27 - The Journey of Fellow: Improving Patient Compliance and Access
41:08 - The Future of Semen Analysis and Fertility Research
44:25 - Concluding Thoughts on Male Fertility and Patient Care

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