20 Nov Understanding male fertility this men’s health month
Male Fertility – This Movember we want to raise awareness of common health issues that affect men.
Testicular health and prostate health are naturally some of the topics that initially spring to mind, but what about hormonal health and fertility? Although commonly associated with women, fertility is as much a health concern for men as it is for women.
Did you know that fertility problems affect around 7% of all men? While around one third of fertility problems lie solely with the female, around one third also lie solely with the male. And a further one third of fertility problems have an unknown cause.
Possible direct causes for males include:
- Damage to the testicles because of disease or trauma
- Ejaculation problems
- Low levels of testosterone
- A sperm blockage
- Low sperm count
- Decreased sperm mobility
And a range of other health problems can also indirectly affect male fertility, including:
- Hormonal issues
- Poor diet
- Sexually transmitted infections, which, if left untreated, can cause infertility
For women, even Genetic Haemachromatosis, a condition in which the body stores excess iron can affect fertility. If this iron makes its way into the ovaries it can eventually poison them.
With so many potential causes of infertility, the most important first step is undoubtedly gaining a comprehensive understanding of your overall health, to make sure your body is in optimum working condition. The complex issue of fertility is a case of the more you know, the better – whether you want to try for a baby, or simply be aware of your current fertility levels to start planning for the future.
That’s why Randox Health takes a unique approach to fertility through a comprehensive and personalised health screen that assesses over 25 different areas of your health. Rather than testing fertility in isolation, which can often give a patchy representation of your health, Randox Health takes a whole-body approach to determine the source of health issues which may be causing symptoms elsewhere in the body.
Randox Health programmes are designed to identify the earliest signs of a range of health issues that may have an impact on your fertility, so that you can take the action required to rectify them.
Following your health results, you will meet with a Randox Heath expert who will work with you and your Randox Health performance results to pinpoint areas which need to be addressed now to improve your chances of fertility.
These lifestyle changes may include:
- Cutting down on alcohol, given that there is a link between excessive alcohol use and infertility
- Swapping hot baths for showers, as excessive heat can lower sperm reduction
- Reducing excess weight, which can have an impact on fertility
- Cutting down on caffeine
Your bespoke and targeted health plan can show improved results in a matter of months, giving you total peace of mind with regards to your future health and your future fertility. We also offer expert advice from a specialist fertility consultant who can review your results in more detail with you.
For peace of mind and a smart approach to planning your future, Randox Health enables you to understand your body and ensure it is in good working order before trying for a baby or embarking on costly fertility treatments.
Contact the Randox Health team today to understand your health:
Tel: 0800 2545 130