Male Infertility

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A. Jungwirth (Chair), T. Diemer (Vice-chair), Z. Kopa, C. Krausz, H. Tournaye
Guidelines Associates: B. Kelly, R. Pal

1.INTRODUCTION

1.1.Aim

The European Association of Urology (EAU) Guidelines Panel on Male Infertility has prepared these Guidelines to assist urologists and healthcare professionals from related specialties in the treatment of male infertility. Urologists are usually the initial specialty responsible for assessing men when male infertility is suspected. However, infertility can be a multifactorial condition requiring multidisciplinary involvement.

It must be emphasised that clinical guidelines present the best evidence available to the experts. However following guideline recommendations will not necessarily result in the best outcome. Guidelines can never replace clinical expertise when making treatment decisions for individual patients, but rather help to focus decisions - also taking personal values and preferences/individual circumstances of patients into account. Guidelines are not mandates and do not and should not purport to be a legal standard of care.

1.2.Publication history

The EAU Male Infertility Guidelines were first published in 2001, followed by full-text updates in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016 a scoping search was performed, covering all areas of the guideline and it was updated accordingly.

1.3.Available Publications

A quick reference document (Pocket Guidelines) is available, both in print and in a number of versions for mobile devices, presenting the main findings of the Male Infertility Guidelines. These are abridged versions which may require consultation together with the full text versions. The Male Infertility Panel published a number of scientific publications in the EAU journal European Urology [1-3]. A separate scientific paper on Vasectomy was published in 2012 [2]. All texts can be viewed and downloaded for personal use at the society website: http://www.uroweb.org/guidelines/male-infertility/.

1.4.Panel composition

The Male Infertility Guidelines Panel consists of urologists, endocrinologists and gynaecologists with special training in andrology and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility. All experts involved in the production of this document have submitted potential conflict of interest statements which can be viewed on the EAU website: http://www.uroweb.org/guideline/male-infertility/.

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