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Declining sperm counts in western men

The question of whether sperm counts have been declining over recent decades remains controversial.

Many studies of varying quality have been done in a wide variety of populations but none have provided a definitive answer.

Professor Rob McLachlan

A study published in Human Reproduction Update reports a meta-analysis of studies from around the world that have measured sperm count or sperm concentration over time, on semen samples collected between 1973 and 2011. The authors report a 50% decline in sperm counts over time in men from western countries.

According to Andrology Australia Director, Prof Rob McLachlan, although at first glance this decline seems alarming, it should be noted that “examining for trends in semen quality is extremely challenging as one needs to find a way of assessing whole populations (not just selected men) using consistent analytical procedures over decades.” Prof McLachlan goes on to say, “Ultimately the concern is that a fall in sperm output will be reflected in delays in natural conception rates. To date this has not been established.”

The study does not answer the question of the causes of declining sperm counts, such as increased rates of obesity and exposure to chemicals, most pronounced in western populations. Prof McLachlan made the observation that, “This meta-analysis will no doubt increase the debate about health and environmental impacts on male reproductive health.”

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Fertility, Men's health, Research and Evaluation |

How was your Men’s Health Week event?

Men’s Health Week 2017 (12-18 June) is over and it’s now time to reflect on your event.

We would love to hear your feedback on our 2017 Men’s Health Week themed resources. Please complete our short survey here.

Even though Men’s Health Week has passed, remember that any time is a good time to hold a men’s health event using our free resources.

Posted in Andrology Australia, Health promotion, International Men's Health Week |

The influence of early life on children’s lifetime health: a research study

Are you interested in how early life events may influence the lifelong health of children?

Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute are conducting a study exploring people’s views of the interaction between genes and environment, and about testing that may one day be able to determine health risks in childhood.

The researchers are looking for adult men and women to complete an online survey. If you are interested in participating, please go to the research web page for more information.

You can also contact Fiona Lynch at: fionalynch@mcri.edu.au for more information.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Research and Evaluation |

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June 2017

Men’s Health Week 2017 is fast approaching! Order online or download and print resources for your Men’s Health Week event on our Men’s Health Week page.

This year we have two themes:
“If men can talk about match fitness” (of sportsmen)… Why is it sometimes hard to discuss their own health?

“If men can look after their families”… Why is it sometimes hard to look after their own health?

Both resources provide a wonderful opportunity for men to recognise the importance of their health and to visit the doctor for any health concerns.

Posted in Andrology Australia, Health promotion, International Men's Health Week, Men's health events |

Testosterone treatment in older men may increase the risk of cardiovascular events

The evidence about the risk of cardiovascular events linked to testosterone treatment in older men with low testosterone has been conflicting at the same time as testosterone prescribing in Australia and around the world has increased dramatically.

Although there have been several clinical trials of testosterone treatment in older men, none were designed to measure cardiovascular endpoints specifically.

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported on a placebo-controlled trial showing that testosterone treatment in older men with symptomatic hypogonadism is associated with a significantly greater increase in non-calcified plaque volume, a marker of coronary atherosclerosis, over 12 months, compared with placebo.

However, the clinical significance with respect to hard cardiovascular outcomes remains to be elucidated. The findings do not change the importance of addressing co-morbidities as the first line of treatment for older men with age-associated low testosterone.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Middle-aged and older males, Testosterone |

Don’t forget to catch up on our “Year in review 2016”

2016 Year in Review: Annual ReportAndrology Australia’s 2016 annual report is available as a PDF download or you can contact us for a print copy.

Year in Review 2016 gives an overview of the program’s activities and achievements in 2016. There is also a range of informative articles to give the reader some insight into how Andrology Australia operates its national program for the community and health professionals of Australia.

Following our successful Young Men’s Health Stakeholder Forum in March 2016, see the feature on “6 things we can do to support young men’s health“.

You can download the PDF or contact us for a printed copy (stocks are limited).

Posted in Andrology Australia |

Have you seen our “Year in review 2016” magazine?

2016 Year in Review: Annual ReportAndrology Australia’s magazine and annual report gives an overview of the program’s activities and achievements in 2016.

There is also a range of informative articles to give the reader some insight into how Andrology Australia operates its national program for the community and health professionals of Australia.

Following our successful Young Men’s Health Stakeholder Forum in March 2016, see the feature on “6 things we can do to support young men’s health“.

You can download the magazine as a PDF or contact us if you would like to receive a printed copy (stocks are limited).

Posted in Andrology Australia |

The Healthy Male Autumn edition available now!

The Healthy Male, Autumn issue

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Issue 62 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about debunking the myths in men’s health plus a host of other features in the Autumn edition.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Erectile dysfunction, International Men's Health Week, Newsletter, Testosterone |

Have you had chemotherapy and want to help research?

Researchers at UNSW Australia are seeking volunteers who have received neurotoxic chemotherapy (that is, chemotherapy that can cause damage to the nerves) as a treatment for cancer to complete an online survey.

survey imgThrough this survey, we hope to better understand the impact of side effects of chemotherapy on the lives of Australian cancer survivors.
So far, over 450 people have completed the survey. However, more than 85% of these respondents have been women. As cancer also has a huge impact on men, we would like to hear from more men who have received chemotherapy, including those who have received chemotherapy treatment for prostate or testicular cancer.

The survey is anonymous, and takes around 30 minutes to complete.
If you would like to participate in the study please see the Study Flyer or go to the following website: http://www.infocusstudy.org.au/survey

Or for more information please email: in_focus@unsw.edu.au

Posted in Prostate cancer, Research and Evaluation, Testicular cancer |

Sexual health over 60: Do you talk to your doctor? Does your doctor talk to you?

Discussion of sexual health with a GP is seen as routine for younger adults, but this is not the case for older people.

However, research has found that many older adults would value the opportunity to discuss sexual health with their doctor.

Older peopleA new research study (the SHAPE project) being conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne is exploring the challenges in having conversations about sexual health for both doctors and patients, and ways to overcome these challenges.

The researchers are calling for men and women aged 60 years or over to participate in a short interview on the phone or face-to-face. For more information please see the Project Flyer or contact Dr Sue Malta on 03 9035 7737 or susan.malta@unimelb.edu.au.

Posted in Middle-aged and older males, Research and Evaluation, Sexual health |
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