Why Movember gives us a space to open up about male infertility
Movember is upon us, and how do we know that? Because some men around us are walking around with wee bits of fluff forming on their faces. Others are already sporting bushy walrus mustaches that are actually outrageous and cool - well most of them anyway! What started off as a small statement years ago. In an attempt to bring awareness to essential conversations about male infertility and men’s health propelled into a global movement that today challenges bewhiskered gents to grow a Mo for the whole of November.
Since the Movember Foundation initially launched, it has successfully sponsored men’s health initiatives across the globe, that set out to educate and build awareness around mental health, testicular and prostate cancer.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15-39, which is frightening. However, the good news is, that the odds of survival even, if detected is over 95%. It doesn’t mean one should be complacent, however, it is vital that men check for any abnormalities regularly. If you are concerned and need assistance with how to check your testicles. Speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Another very critical topic that is often overlooked, is male infertility, as the emotional impact that infertility has on men is often neglected; regardless of whether infertility stems from them or from their partner.
At EDSA, we have always championed the need to address the stigma surrounding male infertility. It is a subject that is not discussed enough or brought into a public space because our society does a great job of making men feel weak or unworthy; it is viewed as impermissible for men to open up about their own emotional traumas or to ask for help.
We offer our male patients a simple semen analysis test that will determine the quality and feasibility of a man’s sperm; semen is classified as the fluid containing sperm that is released during ejaculation. The semen test, therefore, determines three important elements:
- Sperm Count
- Sperm motility (how sperm moves around)
- The shape of the sperm
So, if you and your partner have not been able to conceive successfully in the past year, book this simple test.
So, this Movember, whilst growing a MO to save a BRO, start a tête-à-tête with your Mo-Bro’s and Mo-Sisters. The importance of men opening up more, whether it be about pain, loss, mental health, infertility or cancer concerns; it’s time to break the silence!
The more we advocate this cause, the more acceptable it will be for men, world-wide. To make the imperative step forward, by speaking out and in turn taking their reproductive (and general) health more seriously.
To all our BRO’s out there - we adore you!
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