Male Infertility from Trauma

Coming from a family with members who have served and are veterans, this story in Men’s Health (http://www.menshealth.com/health/derick-carver) was of specific interest to me. Army Captain Mr. Derick Carver was hit by an IED while serving our country, the results, among many other traumatic wounds to his body, was also infertility at the young age of 28.  We know many insurance companies only cover IVF in about 14 states and even then the guidelines are very tight. The American Urological Association Foundation has submitted a bill HR 1612 that will help with urotrauma and fertility issues stemming from trauma to soldier’s.

Please follow the link below to read more information regarding the issue:

urologyhealth.org/outreach/advocacy.cfm

Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Changes for Dads-to-Be?

A recent study released discussed the obvious benefits to a healthy diet for the male whose partner is trying to conceive. It is just as much about his swimmers on the path to conception. What exactly is a healthy, balanced diet for a male? Being female, I am quite aware of the differences in diets between men and women, so what exactly would a balanced, nutritious diet for a male be?

Dietary Changes:

-Be sure to include foods high in Folate (folic acid); very important for conception and pregnancy. Eating asparagus, spinach, beans (black, kidney, navy, garbanzo, and pinto) and greens can help with folate intake.

-Include foods with zinc; however be sure to not eat too many- they recommend 12-15 mg a day.

-Increase antioxidant intake- berries are a great source for antioxidants

-Coffee may help; some research suggests that coffee may increase sperm motility.

-Steroid products impact male fertility- quit using for months before trying to conceive.

Lifestyle Changes:

-Cut back on alcohol- drinking heavily deteriorates the quality of sperm, as well as leads to other harmful diseases.

-Quit smoking; SIGNIFICANTLY decreases your sperm count and motility.

-stay clear of heat from hot tubs, saunas, tight clothing. Research has shown that being exposed to too much heat on your testicles may decrease sperm quality and count.

Fertility IQ

Take one female, age 30 + one healthy male = a baby, right?

What are the actual chances of these two conceiving each month?

20%!

A woman at age 30 has only a 20% chance of conceiving each month. How many of us actually knew that? A survey by EMD Serono Inc.  is discovering NOT MANY. Quite remarkable considering I was informed by my mother at a very young age that young ladies could get pregnant remarkably easy (insert anything that involved any interaction with the opposite sex).

What they discovered in the survey (administered by RESOLVE) was that most women didn’t understand the impact age had on fertility. The link below has the full article.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45262603#.TsPPJ8OBqU9

Whether we are chasing our career dreams or waiting for Mr.Right, we should at least understand what waiting may do to our future chances of having a child.

The Truth about Fertility

Those trying to conceive received some truth to the misconceptions behind fertility this week. http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/07/health/fertility-misconceptions/index.html

Joshua U. Klein, M.D.,  a board-certified OB/GYN and a Clinical and Research Fellow in RE and Infertility at Columbia University Medical Center discussed to Health.com the common fertility misconceptions people believe, despite all the increased public awareness about the difficulties of trying to get pregnant.

He discusses in the article the following 8 misconceptions about conception and fertility, some may seem harsh but being informed  may help in the process. It is important every woman, man and couple that is trying to get pregnant, understand the process of conception.

1. The age factor

2. Fertility Window

3. Having Sex

4. Male Fertility Problems

5. Stress

6. Fertility treatments

7. IVF Cost

8. Success Rates of IVF

If you haven’t checked out the Birds & Bees You tube video from EMD Serono, follow the link below. It’s a great video regarding a couple’s path to conception and getting in contact with your RE early!

http://www.youtube.com/user/BirdsBeesRealStory