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OSA May Cause Infertility in Men

There’s some bad news out of Tapei, Taiwan for men with obstructive sleep apnea who are trying to conceive. Researchers at the Tri-Service General Hospital at the National Defense Medical Center have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea and male infertility.

In a study of 4,607 men with infertility diagnosis from the Longitudinal Health Study, researchers found that the risk of infertility in men with obstructive sleep apnea or OSA in men was higher than in those who did not have obstructive sleep apnea, or whose sleep apnea was not treated.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects approximately two to nine percent of adults in America. Infertility is estimated to affect 15 percent of couples globally, with male infertility contributing 20 to 30 percent of those cases.

The good news? Researchers also found that with treatment and early intervention of obstructive sleep apnea, infertility risk may decrease.

Though the study suggested CPAP therapy, there are other ways to address obstructive sleep apnea that are not as invasive or uncomfortable. Dr. Peterson prefers to prescribe his patients a state-of-the-art dental sleep appliance that

comfortably positions the jaw open to its ideal position allowing for the airway to become unobstructed during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause more problems than just infertility. Not only does it cause you to wake repeatedly during the night, but it also causes excessive snoring, daytime lethargy, depression, and can contribute to or worsen many serious illnesses including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

If you suffer from sleep apnea or suspect that you could be suffering from sleep apnea, please speak to Dr. Peterson about your symptoms. He can assist you in achieving your sleep goals and getting you back to a healthy sleep routine.

Best of all, you will begin to feel like yourself again with a good night’s sleep, as many who have tried sleep orthotics already have. All of this, without the need for expensive and complicated CPAP therapy machines!

To learn more about your options with Dr. Peterson, please contact the office today. We can help you find the solutions to your sleep apnea problems.

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