To close this month’s series on male fertility, Dr. Emily Woodard reviewed a 2019 article published in Global Reproductive Health titled, “Male infertility and environmental factors.” The data reported over the years about the potential impact of environmental factors on fertility is compelling. Still, more research is needed to not only identify factors that negatively impact fertility but also to protect fertility in men and women through proven preventive strategies.
During Men’s Health Month, we are excited to feature this interview with a patient who has experienced the value of having a male partner fully invested in using fertility-awareness-based methods (FABMs) for family planning. This interview is part of our series that highlights the reality of using FABMs, including benefits as well as challenges of the various methods. Hannah Sinks, a second-year medical student, conducted this interview as part of a two-week online selective.
This week’s research review continues our series on male fertility and summarizes a fascinating piece published in 2015 titled, “The Association between Dietary Patterns and Semen Quality in a General Asian Population of 7282 Males.” The synopsis was written by Dr. Taylor Keen while on the FACTS online elective in fertility awareness.
To celebrate Men’s Health, FACTS is publishing research reviews and interviews throughout the month of June to raise awareness about the importance of addressing male fertility. This week’s review discusses the often-neglected and essential role of men in family planning. Dr. Nicholas Burstein summarized the 2017 article published in Malaysian Family Physician titled, “The roles of men in family planning – a study of married men at the UKM primary care clinic.”
Throughout the month of June, FACTS is highlighting the importance of male health, fertility, and involvement in fertility awareness. This interview with a couple was conducted by Stephanie Nguyen while on the FACTS fertility awareness online elective. This resourceful couple has benefited from a variety of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) through their adaptability, openness to learning, and their desire to make decisions together.
FACTS will post throughout the month of June on issues of men’s health and the importance of male fertility. Our series begins with a review of research by fourth-year medical student, Victoria Anderson, published in JAMA in 2020 by Schisterman et al titled, “Effect of Folic Acid and Zinc Supplementation in Men on Semen Quality and Live Birth Among Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment: A Randomized Clinical Trial.”