A Guide and Resource Directory to Male Fertility Following Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction

8 Jun

A Guide and Resource Directory to Male Fertility Following Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction

By Maria J. Amador, B.S.N., CRRNCharles M. Lynne, M.D.Nancy L. Brackett, Ph.D., HCLD

A publication funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of American Spinal Cord Injury Education and Training Foundation+

 

In the United States, there are 8,000 to 10,000 spinal cord injuries that occur each year. The majority of these injuries happen to men between the ages of 16 and 45 – typically the reproductive years. Many men with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D) experience fertility problems related to their injury and want to know if they can become biological fathers.

There are two main problems men with SCI/D face when considering biological fatherhood. First