Tak­ing men’s fer­til­ity to heart

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MATLHATSI DIBAKWANE

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.

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