Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of mens health.
While Movember has been a fantastic campaign to get our blokes to start talking about some of their health issues – there are still some topics that tend to lean towards the OFF LIMITS List such as
It’s On The Rise — So Why Aren’t We Talking About It?
Sperm counts have been in free fall in Western countries over the last 10 years, yet infertility is still largely seen as a women’s issue.
Have you never heard a bloke saying to his mate over a pint, my swimmers aren’t so great, or I’m the reason we haven’t got kids?
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While there’s definitely more awareness about infertility, what’s less commonly discussed is male infertility, and how it’s on the rise.
The Human Reproduction Update last year shows that sperm counts have been declining in Western countries, dropping 52.4 percent from 1973 to 2011.
5 facts about male infertility:
- Men have a desire to have children as much as women, but tend to be less open with their feelings
- The diagnosis of infertility causes many males to question their masculinity.
- There is often social and cultural stigma attached to Male infertility.
- Some people assume that infertile men cannot perform sexually
- Men tend to hide emotional stress, in an attempt to be the emotional stability within the relationship.
Many Doctors now report that “The reality is that it’s 50/50, more people who come to clinics have a male factor for infertility than ever before.”
Tom didn’t consider himself a macho guy — he recognized that he was going through a difficult emotional time and leaned on his mother for support in the beginning, but he says there’s definitely the idea that men should just “tough it out” rather than confide in others about their experiences
It was his wife, who encourage him to seek counselling, the strain and emotions of trying to conceive and failing every month started to affect their relationship. ‘It was this sense of failure that really got me and I felt it was my fault we were not fulfilling our dream of having a family’.