Taking men’s fertility to heart
THE focus is on male fertility this month, and in South Africa, scientists have determined that it has halved in the past 50 years.
The aim is to address issues relating to male fertility and more – and to encourage awareness of men’s health.
Men have to be encouraged to check on their health status regularly, especially in a country where males are known to hide their feelings.
Emphasis by health-care providers is on the importance of early detection – referred to as key and at the forefront of this month’s awareness drive.
High blood pressure is among the debilitating illnesses faced by men, and according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, South Africa has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure worldwide.
One in three adults suffer from this silent disease, and the spotlight is on men, to challenge them to be more aware of their health.
According to reproductive medicine specialist, Dr Merwyn Jacobson of Vitalab, infertility in men is a genuine medical issue.
It accounts for nearly half of all infertility cases.
Jacobson says that male infertility is the reason for up to 40% of South African couples failing to get pregnant.
Fertility is a factor almost always associated with women, and they experience hostility if deemed infertile in their communities.