Fertility Fitness

 

by Dr Agilan Arjunan , Fertility Specialist , KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

Article Published in Fit For Life , The Star (14th May 2017)http://www.star2.com/health/wellness/2017/05/14/fit-to-be-fertile/

“ The word fitness is synonymous with healthy lifestyle . What about fertility fitness ? ”

Fitness is part of our lifestyle. This concept is widely accepted thanks to our health educational efforts. Fitness and healthy lifestyle is commonly associated with prevention of lifestyle related diseases. Many healthcare campaigns over the years have proven effective in reducing the disease burden in our society. Despite all these efforts , how many of us are aware of fertility fitness ?

What is fertility fitness

Fertility is the state of being fertile . Fertile is the  ability of every men and women to produce offsprings or children. Fitness is a condition of being physically fit and healthy.

 

Therefore, fertility fitness is a condition where a man and woman is physically fit and healthy to produce children.

Fertility fitness also encompass ‘emotional fitness’ to be ready and able to embrace parenthood.

Why fertility fitness 

It is a well known fact that fertility rate is declining . This fact is true for both men and women. In other words, the rate of male and female infertility is rising in the last 10 years.

All of us might agree that prevention is better than cure. This is true for health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We take care of our food and physical fitness to ‘avoid’ developing those conditions.

However, when it comes to fertility health , we tend to  pay attention to it when we are facing difficulty conceiving (infertility). We prefer to ‘treat’ infertility rather than ‘prevent’ infertility.

You may ask , “If I pay attention to fertility fitness ,can I avoid infertility ?” .

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Male Infertility : Silent Dilemma

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist , KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

My write up about male infertility published in Parenthood Magazine , January 2017

Read more here : 

https://dragilan.com/2016/11/09/male-infertility-sperm-quality-dr-agilan-arjunan-kl-fertility-centre-malaysia/

 

Talking About Male Infertility

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist , KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

Article published in The Star (Fit For Life) about male infertility. Male fertility is as important as female fertility in order to achieve a high pregnancy rate, especially via IVF.

Read more here : http://www.star2.com/health/wellness/2016/12/04/when-men-become-infertile/

 

Causes of Male Infertility

By Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

 

 

‘Male infertility is on the rise’, that’s a fact that many men realise now. However, the bigger question is WHY ?

Are we (the males) doing something wrong or are we not doing something right that is giving rise to male infertility in recent years.

Let us look at what can lead to male infertility . Generally, the causes of male infertility can be broadly divided into :

a) Sperm production problems

b) Sperm transport blockage problems

c) Sexual problems

d) Hormonal and sperm antibody problem (rare)

Worldwide statistics and from my own experience managing male infertility, the majority of men have either sperm production or blockage of sperm transport pathway or a combination of both.

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Male Infertility Test Simplified

 

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

 

Have you ever gone through a fertility assessment before? For couples who had done it , you would know that it can sometimes look very complicated with all those internal ultrasound (transvaginal) scans, blood tests, x-ray tests and sperm test for a male partner.

In this article, I will simplify the fertility tests for a male partner. I’ll start with sperm test and go on to other tests required when a man has no sperm (azoospermia).

For a man , the most important test is a semen analysis (sperm test). About a third of couples, the problem lies with the male partner and thus it is very important to do this test.

“A 70 year old man can still reproduce, so this can’t be a major issue right?” . Its a yes and a no. It is true that a man continues to produce sperm but the QUALITY of the sperm deteriorates as he ages. Low sperm quality equals to lower chance to conceive.

What is a sperm test ?

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