When it comes to germs potentially affecting sperm, it seems that what matters for fertility is whether the sperm head and the DNA package within it is being affected, positively or negatively by germs, known elsewhere in the body as a “microbiome”.
It's not often that specialists, dedicated to the field of male fertility, have the opportunity to meet for an open, transparent discussion. But this is what happened on the 9th July. Scientists, Embryologists, Endocrinologists, Surgeons and others who play a key role all took part in a meeting that is set to be the first of many for Fertility Futures.
I've recently attended two very important conferences focused on Male Fertility and I'm delighted to say that not only is there a lot of interest, but that wherever we are in the World, we're finding a lot of positive common ground.
Male sperm counts have fallen by 50% in the developed world since 1970 and the trend is still downwards. There are many reasons for this but it is probably not a coincidence that the descent in sperm count mirrors the ascent of obesity....
Once again, I was heartened to read a number of articles in mainstream media which highlighted the importance of looking at the male factor when it comes to couple infertility. Many included recent studies into causes of sperm deterioration with environment and lifestyle being major causes. I’d also like to take my hat off to the men who voiced their (negative) experiences to help drive awareness of the male factor to others.
September seemed to see an explosion of articles in the media about male fertility. A great thing, as the more we are open in discussing the factors that can harm sperm count and quality, the more chance we have of taking the right steps to a healthier, happier future.
Male fertility has become increasingly interesting to the mainstream media in very recent years (only). I’m always heartened to read new studies and angles that will resonate with my patients, and with society as a whole. In this blog I’ve drawn on two articles in particular that have caught my eye.
If oxidants and free radicals can harm sperm production, is it as straight-forward as it seems to just take antioxidants?!