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A "Very Treatable" Condition continued...

Harrist is a former military policeman in the U.S. Army reserves who still answers questions with "Yes, sir" and "No, sir." He's in great condition, at a muscular 247 pounds on a 6-foot-6 frame. Nevertheless, a man's ability to produce quality sperm can vary greatly from month to month, and also can be affected by changes in health, diet, and hormone levels, says Lipshultz.

 

Harrist is on medication for high blood pressure but doesn't smoke or drink. He says he's probably had five beers in his entire life. He gets plenty of exercise. Five days a week, he goes jogging for three miles on suburban streets; then he goes to the gym to lift weights for 45 minutes.

 

He and his wife desperately want a baby. "My wife and I are both Christians who love children very much," he says. "We think we would be good parents."

 

It's gotten to the point where Laurie Harrist can't go to baby showers any more. "She couldn't go through the pain of going there," her husband says. "She would go to those things and cry and cry and cry."

 

Her period was 12 days late last month, but it was a false alarm. So John continues to work out, watch his diet, and take proXeed. And he and his wife keep praying.

 

"I know God will make it happen," he says.

 

Ralph Cipriano is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. He is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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