It’s Male Fertility Week on EatRightMama.com. What better time to highlight the best sources for male fertility info on the web! If you ask “Dr. Google” about male fertility, she’s going to return almost 4.5 million results! Even if you’re a fast reader, this is difficult to sort thru–to say the least! How to narrow the good from the bad? I’ve done some of the sorting for you.
Some Good Reads on Male Fertility
Even back in 2013, when Sharon Palmer RD interviewed me for this Today’s Dietitian article, it was common knowledge that declining sperm count was a thing–and that it was happening around the world. She also highlighted two respected researchers in the fertility field, Jorge Chavarro MD from Harvard and Wendie Robbins RN, PhD from UCLA. ( I shared the stage with Dr. Chavarro in Florida when we both spoke about male fertility at the Florida Academy of Nutrition.) Dr. Chavarro wrote The Fertility Diet (along with colleague Walter Willett MD.) Chew on this: Dr. Robbins found that college students who ate 2.5 oz of walnuts a day had better sperm parameters than those who didn’t. Yes, you should go nuts over walnuts! To find out about more fertility-friendly foods, see this post. And a nice overview about diet, lifestyle and male fertility from “Guyatitian” Dave Grotto RD here.Some reliable reads here about #malefertility. #fertilityproject bit.ly/2egodhz Click To Tweet
Just the facts, Man!
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is an organization of health professionals involved in reproductive medicine. Their website has a large library of reproductive health topics and it links to articles from the medical journal Sterility and Fertility. This is a reliable source for up-to-date, science-based information.
WebMD is known for it’s spot-on articles about health and nutrition. In addition, they have lots of great info about fertility for men and women. I especially liked this Check Your Fertility IQ Quiz. Here you’ll find a large library of articles about male infertility. Topics range from semen analysis to vasectomy reversal.
The StorkOTC Blog is a beautiful and easy-to-read blog about fertility. Stork OTC is a conception aid available from your local drug store. (Full disclosure, the company donated a twin pack for a twitter chat I sponsored in 2016.)
I especially like this post about Endocrine Disruptors because this topic is not on the radar for most men. Did you know that everyday items we use and come in contact with contain chemicals which can affect both male and female fertility? This article sums it up well. (I also discuss the topic in my book Eating Expectantly.) For example, dioxins, found in bleached coffee filters, cleaning products and paper towels, have been linked to higher rates of infertility in men. (Infertile men had twice as much dioxin in their bloodstream than did fertile men.) For more info about chemicals in the environment, check out my post on a healthy lifestyle here.
From a Guy’s View
Most noteworthy from a perspective that men will appreciate is Don’t Cook Your Balls. You can tell by the title that it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek. The site describes itself as a A Light-Hearted Guide to Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health. For example, here’s a post about Low Sperm Count that tells you everything you need to know. And here’s another good one: Are You Cooking Your Balls? It’s a 10 minute quiz that’s a comprehensive assessment of your reproductive health. What I really like? The articles are referenced–it’s important to know that the posts are backed by science.
Finally, here is a video of Jennifer Neily RD and I discussing the topic of male fertility on YouTube. (Consider subscribing to Neily on Nutrition!)