Clinical Andrology – A Booming Career!
Doctor – Your devotion, skill & care can bring Healing, Hope & Happiness! Andrology, a branch of reproductive science, focuses on the male genital system. Andrologists get trained in treating and diagnosing conditions related to male fertility and sexual dysfunction. Infertility regarded as a female issue is a delusion. Malefactors account for around 50% of all infertility cases affected due to reproductive anomalies. Several factors contribute to the decline in sperm quality and sperm count, such as environmental factors, unbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, stress and exposure to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets and subjection to high temperatures.
Depending on the sperm quality (count, motility and morphology): sperm classifies into oligozoospermia, asthenozoospermia, teratozoospermia, cryptozoospermia, Azoospermia. The majority of the lads face issues with sperm count and motility. An Andrologists plays a crucial role in fertility clinics to perform several tests to classify the degree of male infertility.
As an Andrologist, you would be focusing on: Spermatogenesis Sperm function Semen analysis Erectile dysfunction Vasectomy to confirm clinical infertility Testicular biopsy evaluations Ejaculation evaluation Fertilization Contraception Cryopreservation.
Teamwork: As an Andrologist, you will be a neighbourhood of an integral team. The embryologist, infertility specialists, nurses and counsellors collectively held responsible for treating an infertile couple. You will also add sperm preparation for various subsequent procedures like IUI, IVF, ICSI and IVM.
Current scenario: A paper published in the Human Reproduction Update reveals that the sperm count has fallen by 50%, i.e., 99 million sperm millilitre to 47 million sperm millilitre from 1970-2011. It could also result in a reduction of fecundity. Without proper knowledge and awareness, these numbers can further reduce, affecting the population numbers.
Career Prospects: The career prospects of Andrologists are to grow at a faster rate due to the increase in the incidence of men facing infertility issues. The ageing population of men and greater awareness of human reproductive health is driving the growth in the job market. Learning about male infertility in greater detail would help you acquiring the skill to take a clinical history and carry out a clinical examination of patients and treat them by making excellent decisions about sperm quality and count. Individuals interested in this field can make breakthrough inventions in reproductive biology. They can also consider joining academics and reputed hospitals.
Andrology Training at GGIRHR: GGIRHR intends to create a renaissance in training Andrologists. GGIRHR is well prepared to provide the best-in-class training to Andrology technicians to prepare them for the challenges of infertility treatment. Students at GGIRHR can learn the tips, tricks, processes, protocols and treatment approaches followed at GarbhaGudi IVF Centres, which has given such unbelievable success rates. Training will be by senior faculty who are well versed with Andrology procedures & techniques. Teaching staff at GGIRHR have deep knowledge. They have busy practices & so the knowledge that they share will be practical and gets implemented immediately. Students are deputed to the different branches of GarbhaGudi, thereby allowing them to work with multiple senior doctors. It gives them a chance to see different approaches of high performing doctors with no crowding around one patient with limited visibility to what is happening. Students get exposure to a variety of cases and know how to plan treatment for the couples. This varied and vast exposure enables students to extend their knowledge and obtain ready for an independent practice later.