Why men should take their reproductive biology seriously
Allan Pacey is a Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. He is an expert in the biology of human sperm cells, sperm quality and fertility in males. Allan Pacey was one of the speakers at the Cryos Symposium 2019, a yearly conference for fertility experts held by Cryos. In this video, he shares why it is important for men to take their reproductive biology seriously.
20 % have low sperm quality
“We think about 20% of young men in the general population have sperm quality that is lower than it should be. That does not mean that they will have a problem if they start early in their lives. Couples that choose to go for IVF, who maybe are older, in general terms about half of the time there will be a male factor problem.”
The shock of infertility
“I think when most men receive a diagnosis of infertility, it is quite a shock. There is no outward sign that a man is sub-fertile. He can be healthy; he can still have sex. It can be the appearance that everything is right with him, but when we see he does not have enough sperm, some men can take that quite personally. It can be quite a shock; it can make them depressed or it can make them angry. So, for these reasons, I think that it is really important when the couples are being seen by doctors that adequate attention is given to the men and when necessary he is given the opportunity for counselling or some element of psychological support.”
The future of reproductive biology
“I think men in 10, 20- or 100-years’ time will be able to reproduce, but I think it is important that they take their reproduction seriously. We need to make men aware that they are a part of the team. To enlight women in their early twenties and thirties who think about having children – we need to make men think about that too and they need to take their reproductive biology seriously.”
You can learn more about male infertility here.