About this Special Issue
Andrology is the study of male health, most often associated with fertility investigations and semen. This area of medicine is often overlooked and research limited, particularly within clinical laboratories and diagnostic services. Alongside assessment of semen for fertility investigations it can be used to determine the success of vasectomy, whilst urine can be analysed to confirm or dispute retrograde ejaculation. However, there is more to this area of laboratory medicine to include monitoring the success of treatment for patients with particular disorders, supporting the direction of patient management and confirmation of clinical findings. Additional areas within andrology include erectile dysfunction, male cancers and other urological conditions.
Andrology requires a multidisciplinary approach within healthcare and is evolving to include greater scientific input to support patient management. With this in mind, the aims of this special issue are to assemble a collection of andrology-related articles including reviews, original research and short communication pieces to support this under-represented field of biomedical science. These articles will cover areas of current practice where innovative ideas have impacted positively on patient experiences or laboratory practice, as well as areas of development, particularly in light of recent guidelines for laboratory diagnostics (WHO 2021). Besides fertility, healthcare science can contribute to understanding conditions such as retrograde ejaculation, associated mental health/sexual dysfunction and support post vasectomy semen analysis. Andrology can be used to showcase the multidisciplinary team approach to health care and promote a patient-centred biomedical environment.
This special issue aims to promote the field of andrology, taking account of recent advances and good practice whilst pushing the field forward integrating other allied disciplines. We would consider a range of papers, particularly those where other scientists can learn, develop and promote this developing field.
Topics to consider include (but not limited to):
• Teratozoospermia index (TZI) and clinical value
• Methods used for semen analysis
• Clinical andrology
• World Health Organisation 2021 guideline (sixth edition) and the impact on research
• Retrograde ejaculation
• Genetic causes of infertility in men
• Reactive oxygen species and the prognostic value in fertility
• DNA fragmentation testing
• Patient centred approach in andrology
• Current trends
Submission deadline: May 1st 2023
Keywords: Andrology, clinical andrology, male infertility, ROS, WHO, Semen analysis, infertility, sperm, retrograde, reproductive science, masculinity, transgender issues