January 5, 2018

What you need to know about testosterone

Ever wondered why some guys are able to build rock solid muscles in no time and others (to their dismay) just can’t? One reason could be due to the amount of testosterone they produce. Testosterone is a sex hormone found in males and females, but it’s more prominent in men. Production starts to increase during puberty and dips after the age of 30. This macho hormone helps with sperm production, helps male characteristics fully develop and plays an important role in the overall health of men. Here’s what you need to know about it: Testosterone’s main jobs: Helps with the…
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August 28, 2017

Your sperm ages with you. Here’s how to save them

There’s no need to rush into fatherhood, but men, just like women, shouldn’t wait too long to have a baby. Even though most men can have children well into their 50s, fertility becomes challenging after the age of 40. This is because ageing affects every cell in your body, including your sperm cells. Your swimmers age too As you grow older, your sperm quality decreases. Their morphology (size, shape and appearance) and motility (the ability of sperm to move towards an egg) deteriorate with age, and the volume of semen also begins to decline. Research published in Fertility & Sterility found…
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July 9, 2017

Infertility: there is hope!

It’s heartbreaking to realise you may not be able to get pregnant. Infertility is not the end of the road, though. Medically defined, infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. In South Africa, it’s estimated that one in six couples struggle with infertility. As doctors and experts understand, lifestyle factors can wreak havoc on fertility. Dr Paul le Roux from Cape Fertility concedes that infertility is on the increase in SA, at least 10% each year. “Women are now delaying childbearing until…
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