Category: Fertility

Fatherhood, Fertility

Barcelona PavilionThe Male Infertility Gauntlet: Less is More

“Less is more.” Is there a better description for the modernist architectural style of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? His Barcelona Pavilion is one of the world’s most exquisite examples of architecture as sculpture, akin to the Parthenon in Greece, or the Pantheon in Rome. It simply works. It also reminds us of how complex “less” […]

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Fertility, Masculinity

male infertilityMale Infertility May Predict Other Health Problems

Masculinity is a complicated thing. And there’s no more masculine way for a man to express his, well, masculinity than by making babies. That explains why being infertile or having erectile dysfunction (ED) is so strongly connected with depression (in both directions—depression itself can cause ED, and ED and/or fertility problems can cause depression). Infertility […]

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Advocacy, Fertility, Health, Policy, Public Policy

Public Health in Action – Time for a Reality Check

Back in 2008, in the summer between semesters at graduate school, I took an internship with the Men’s Health Network (MHN) in Washington, D.C.  I had no idea then how transformative it would be.  Looking back now, it was a reality check of sorts. In the semester before my internship, I took a class on […]

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Family, Family Issues, Fatherhood, Fertility, Health, Parenting, Relationships, Sex, Well-being

Take a Moment and Picture Your Fertility

How do you solve tough problems? Maybe you pick at them until they’re gone. Maybe you dance around them until they’re contained. One thing I like to do is to step away and examine them as an outsider, from a completely different perspective. In other words, get out of the trees and look at the whole […]

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Boys, Family, Fertility, Health, Mental Health, Relationships

#StartAsking — What About Men and Infertility?

Infertility is often looked at as a disease that only affects women. In reality, infertility is caused by female factor and male factor equally at 30% each. In the balance of cases, the infertility is the result of both partners or unexplained. Even when the disease is not a direct result of issues with a male […]

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