Did you know male fertility issues now account for more than 50 percent of IVF referrals? That is a fact and one identified by the UK’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Did you also know that sperm concentration in men from Western countries has reduced by 50 percent in the past 40 years – another fact from a study conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
When we think about fertility issues, the spotlight automatically shines on the woman and what issues she may have, be it endometriosis, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
Questions are almost always directed at the woman and the man tends to sit quietly in the background
But that spotlight is slowly shifting and now more than ever we need to get the conversation started on the role that men play in conception and how they can help themselves to make their health (and swimmers) be in the best shape possible.
So, guys, it is time – time to step out of the shadow of embarrassment or fear and speak up, get help and change the rhetoric.
IVF babble has joined forces with FutureYou Cambridge, a sustainable company that produces a wide range of supplements to help people live their best life.
The company produces a large range of supplements to support every part of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your digestive system – and now fertility health.
Based in Cambridge, known across the globe as being at the heart of scientific research, Future You launched a survey in recent years on fertility before creating its latest supplement for men, Fertility+.
The survey recorded some fascinating results
The Fertility5050 report surveyed more than 2,000 men and women aged between 25 and 45 about all aspects of fertility.
Just some of the figures that stood out were that men were 26 percent more likely to say they experienced feelings of pressure when it comes to conception.
The men surveyed said pressure was the most common negative emotion experienced when it came to trying to conceive and often felt overlooked.
According to the responses, men were twice as likely to start a fitness regime or make changes to their diet and weight to improve their health and they were shown to be 16 percent more likely to make positive changes too when it came to conception.
Dr Elizabeth Williams senior lecturer in human nutrition at the University of Sheffield said of the survey’s responses.
“It is important for these issues to be discussed and that men have the same access to advice and support as women.
“It is also important that we explore lifestyle strategies, including nutrition, to enhance a couple’s chance of successful conception.”
Adam Cleevely, CEO of FutureYou, Cambridge said it was important men talk more openly about fertility
He said: “We are delighted to be working with IVF Babble on this campaign to encourage men, in particular, to talk more openly about fertility. An issue that our survey illustrates is so often overlooked.”
Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall Page, co-founders of IVF babble said they are looking forward to working with Future You and the campaign to break the taboo of male fertility issues.
Tracey said: “We are excited to have joined forces with FutureYou Cambridge to help start the conversation when it comes to male fertility issues. We very often only hear about what women go through and that has to change.
“We need everyone in the consultants’ room to have a voice and feel included.
“Men need to look at the issue and make the positive changes and take the right steps to improve their chances of realising their dream.
“With the help of FutureYou Cambridge, we hope to help them do just that.”
To read the full survey and find out more about FutureYou Cambridge, click here.
Are you a man experiencing fertility issues? Have you discussed it with anyone, or do you feel too worried or fearful to speak out? We’d love to hear from you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org