In my years trying to conceive a child, I was pitched about a variety of supposed cures for infertility. I heard tips and tricks from every couple I knew. I received countless emails telling me that my long wait and struggle were over. From special diets to stomach-churning supplements, I’ve heard all about the miraculous inventions that non-doctors come up with. But none have been as ridiculous as this latest gimmick, ‘Snowballs,’ the male under-carriage cooling underwear. More
I guess we’re all headed to the fertility clinic in a generation or two. More
Pregnant women know the drill. It seems like everything from working 25 hours a week to standing a lot during pregnancy can somehow impact your unborn (yet, booze has officially been given the thumbs up). Finally though in the wake of every mommy-shaming, yet sometimes beneficial study that’s out there, we now have one just for the fathers — and goodness is it expansive. Apparently having any occupation from office manager to photographer to a computer scientist might put babies at risk for birth defects.
Feel the guilt, fellas. More
Male birth control is still hot in the headlines and studies continue to, reportedly, put us closer to such a family planning alternative. Although a male birth control pill has been bouncing around laboratories since last year, a birth control gel looks like its currently in the running for first hormonal male contraceptive. More
Lots of women I know who struggle with infertility complain that while they’re busy getting poked and prodded, their men simply need to come in a jar. “He’s bitching about having to wake up early to have an orgasm, and I’m booking time off work to have foreign objects inserted in my vagina,” is how one friend put it. Ah, good times. She probably won’t be too happy to hear the latest study results, which is that smoking, drinking and obesity do not affect sperm count (but wearing tighty whities actually does). More
No need to sheepishly shuffle into your local sperm bank and have a nurse awkwardly explain where the pornographic magazines are. The Cleveland Clinic has reportedly debuted a new sperm banking kit entitled “NextGen” that comes right to said gentleman’s house. After collecting those spermies in the luxury of his “man cave” or bathroom, he just packs the specimen cup into a return packet with some ice. The return address is already on there and, with the haste of an overnight express label, that semen is out in the world. More
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As anyone who’s ever struggled with infertility can tell you, the onus often falls on a woman to get tested long before her male partner books a doctor’s appointment of his own. Which is kind of insane, given that half of infertility problems involve the man. That’s why countless couples will be happy to know that come April, they can grab a sperm-testing kit at their local Walgreen’s or CVS. More
If your male partner spends a lot of his time with a computer or iPad on his lap, good luck with conception. A new study shows that all that heat and radiation from wifi devices is boiling sperm into noneffectiveness. More
Infertility is a loaded problem for couples whose hearts continue to break over repeated efforts to conceive. While infertility has also been known to be somewhat elusive with regards to causes, some new discoveries about male sperm reveal that sperm count is not always a solid indicator of potency. Genetic mutations within a specific protein can also contribute to male infertility. More