Male Infertility Probed
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
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