Movember, a combo of “mustache” and “November,” is more than just an annual event where men grow mustaches during the month of November. It is a global movement that originated with a unique blend of humour, solidarity, and a serious mission to address men’s health issues. Let’s delve into the history of Movember and explore its connection to male infertility, shedding light on the importance of raising awareness for intended fathers everywhere.
This month-long celebration of mustaches, transcends facial hair fashion and originated in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. A group of friends, inspired by a conversation about 1970s fashion and the cyclical nature of trends, decided to bring back the retro mustache. They added a meaningful twist by using the mustache as a symbol to spark conversations about men’s health; the idea gained traction, and Movember quickly evolved into a global campaign.
Movember aims to break the silence surrounding men’s health issues and encourages open discussion about topics that men may shy away from. While Movember initially focused on cancer awareness, it has expanded its scope to include a lesser-discussed aspect of men’s health – infertility. Male infertility refers to a man’s inability to contribute to conception despite regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. Factors such as low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and abnormal sperm morphology are contributing factors.
Movember’s commitment to men’s fertility wellness also extends to providing support and resources for intended fathers navigating the surrogacy process. The movement aims to reduce the stigma associated with seeking alternative paths to parenthood, fostering understanding and empathy for those on the journey to fatherhood through non-traditional means.
Movember has helped fund research projects and initiatives focused on improving the understanding and treatment of male infertility. By partnering with healthcare professionals and researchers, this campaign strives to develop innovative solutions, raise awareness, and provide support for men navigating the complex world of IVF and surrogacy.
This November, let your moustache become a symbol not just for style but for a cause! You can participate in the Movember movement by growing a moustache, engaging in physical activities, or fundraising to support men’s health initiatives. Most importantly though, men can and should prioritize their reproductive and overall health and seek medical advice when needed.
Causes of infertility in men
Male infertility can develop due to a variety and combination of
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Drug use
• High stress levels
• Hormonal imbalances affecting the production of testosterone and sperm
Low Sperm Count (Oligospermia):
• Low sperm amount in the ejaculate
Poor Sperm Motility (Asthenospermia):
• Sperm cells struggle to swim efficiently hindering their ability to
reach and fertilize the egg
Abnormal Sperm Morphology (Teratospermia):
• Sperm with an abnormal shape or size are impaired from penetrating
the egg successfully
• Swollen veins in the scrotum increase testicular temperature and
negatively impact sperm production and quality
Diagnostic testing options available
• Semen analysis
• Hormone testing
• Physical examination
• Genetic testing
• Ultrasound screening
Treatment options to try
Detecting and addressing infertility issues in their early stages can
significantly enhance the likelihood of successful outcomes
Embracing a collaborative approach involving urologists,
endocrinologists and fertility specialists ensures a holistic and
comprehensive treatment plan.
Recognizing that infertility treatment may take time is crucial, as is
maintaining patience and commitment to the process.
Consistent follow-up with healthcare providers facilitates ongoing
assessment, allowing for the adaptation of treatment plans based on
• Hormone medication
• Anti-inflammatory drugs
• Quitting smoking
• Reducing alcohol intake
• Maintaining a healthy weight
Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART):
• IVF ( ICSI, IMSI)
• Donor Sperm
Emotional and mental health therapies:
• Counseling and support groups can help individuals and couples
cope with the stress and emotions associated with fertility issues
Alternative paths to parenthood:
Is Male Infertility Permanent?
The severity of male infertility hinges on its specific cause. Some factors are reversible, such as hormonal imbalances or lifestyle influences. Genetic or structural issues, however, may result in permanent infertility. Consulting with healthcare professionals is imperative to determine the root cause and potential for improvement.
If affected by male infertility, remember that support and resources are available to guide you on this journey. Reach out, stay informed, and take proactive steps towards realizing your parenthood goals.