Did you know that the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing factor to infertility in about 50 percent of infertile couples? This is according to doctors at the Bourn Hall Fertility Center in Dubai. In addition, modern day lifestyle issues such as smoking, diabetes, obesity and stress also play a role in the increasing male infertility cases worldwide.
Since more than 90 percent of male-related infertility cases result from low sperm count, Bourn Hall Fertility Centre in Dubai has taken the initiative to offer free semen analysis this November. The month is also popularly known as ‘Movember’ whereby men are encouraged to grow out a mustache in order to create awareness on men’s health.
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Dr David Robertson, Group Medical Director at Bourn Hall Fertility Center notes that while women’s fertility issues are discussed all the time, generally, men’s reproductive health is either not discussed openly or it’s completely ignored. “At Bourn Hall Fertility Center we are trying to break this taboo since the repercussions are too big to turn a blind eye,” says the doctor, adding that a free semen analysis is a start.
According to Dr Robertson, a semen analysis is important because most male related infertility cases are due to a deficit in the semen. “By doing a simple semen analysis, men can find out more about their fertility situation and do something about it.”
Having a semen analysis, states the doctor, is particularly important for couples trying to start a family, and those who are going for fertility treatments. “I am confident that awareness campaigns like ours will go a long way towards creating an environment where male infertility is addressed head-on.”
Another importance of a semen analysis is when it comes to abnormalities in sperm, which is a critical factor. “This helps especially in taking the corrective measures in time,” notes Dr Robertson.
When one takes a semen test, it usually provides information on the volume of semen produced, the total number of sperm in the sample, number of sperm per ML of semen, the percentage of moving sperm and finally the actual shape of sperm.