Male fertility is a complex issue with many potential causes of subfertility. Typically, we think of low sperm counts, or poorly swimming sperm having an adverse impact on a man’s fertility, however, functional issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED) can impact a couple’s ability to conceive as well. Dr. Parviz Kavoussi published a basic science research article with hopes of exploring new potential options for ED.
There is one mechanism that all current oral medications target for ED. The research performed by Dr. Kavoussi is exploring another biochemical mechanism which can contribute to ED. Dr. Kavoussi states, “Although there is always merit in basic science research for the sake of science, as a clinician my goal is to see how we can use this science to impact patients with further translational work. Finding a novel mechanism for ED may allow a new target for treatments in the future which may also help couples struggling with subfertility due to ED.”