Although commonly overlooked, male factor infertility is very common. When looking at the stats infertility is 33% male factor, 33% female factor and 33% combination male/female factor. This means that 66% of the time there is a male problem that needs to be addressed yet in my practice I see the guys less than 30% of the time. Definitely an area of infertility where we need some improvement!
Movember is a big thing here in Vancouver. Many men started November with a squeaky clean upper lip and letting the hair grow for the remainder of the month in awareness of prostate cancer. With the mens health buzz in full swing I wanted to take a fertility twist on this successful event. To learn more about Movember see the official website - Movember Canada
I treat a good number of men trying to conceive. Most of these guys are like me, living a busy life and wanting to make easy, simple changes to have the greatest benefit. Anything that takes up too much time or effort is unlikely to happen without a little protest.
Many couples who are trying to conceive ask about sperm friendly lubricants. This is one case where they are all not created equal! Even the brands saying they are sperm friendly may be lacking key elements. Searching for the good ones can be a difficult task.
A study published last year compared multiple different sperm friendly lubricant's to see which ones really are sperm friendly! A few of the tested brands were:
There is extensive literature that clearly defines the impact of increased maternal (mother’s) age on a couple’s likelihood of conceiving and reproductive outcomes. However, there has been fairly limited research done on advanced age of the father and how this may affect the offspring.
I wanted to share a success story written about a male infertility case. Male infertility is diagnosed with 40 percent of couples having difficulty conceiving. Many of these men don't realize there are many natural treatments that have a profound effect.
Most men look at their health in a compartmentalized view; most ailments are not connected to overall health. A headache is just a headache and not a sign of high blood pressure. This view is often the same when they find out they have poor fertility. What if poor sperm quality was just a sign of overall poor health and possible major health problems? Would that make us sit up in our chairs and pay attention?