Self Assessment

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Fertility Self Assessment Tool *

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Question 1

Do you have a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or thyroid disease?

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Question 1 Information

Do you have a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or thyroid disease?

  

Chronic medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, HIV, thyroid disease, cardiovascular disease, liver or kidney disease may impact fertility. Sometimes the types of medications taken for these and other medical conditions can also impair sperm production.1

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Question 2

Do you smoke cigarettes or marijuana?

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Question 2 Information

Do you smoke cigarettes or marijuana?

 

Cigarette smoking or marijuana use can temporarily reduce the number and quality of sperm, causing fertility issues. Chemicals in marijuana have also been shown to impair the sperm’s ability to swim and to penetrate the egg.1 Lifestyle modifications may impact your fertility and chances to conceive a baby.2

Question 3

Have you experienced prior trauma or previous surgery to your testicles?

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Question 3 Information

Have you experienced prior trauma or previous surgery to your testicles?

  

A history of scrotal or pelvic trauma or a spinal injury can limit a man’s ability to produce sperm or get an erection.1,2Furthermore, previous surgery may have lead to a blockage in the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis, impacting fertility.1

Question 4

Have you ever been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

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Question 4 Information

Have you ever been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea, are most often associated with male infertility by causing scar tissue and blocking sperm passage. Human papilloma viruses (HPV), the cause of genital warts, may also impair sperm function.1

Question 5

Do you have a history of cancer?

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Question 5 Information

Do you have a history of cancer?

 

Certain cancers, such as testicular cancer, can have a severe effect on sperm production. 1 Fertility can also be affected by cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation. The risk is increased the closer the radiation treatment is to the reproductive organs. 1

Question 6

Have you ever used anabolic steroids or body-building drugs?

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Question 6 Information

Have you ever used anabolic steroids or body-building drugs?

 

Anabolic steroids used to enhance strength and fitness, as well as testosterone supplements, can decrease the number of sperm a man produces. Hence these drugs may impact a man’s fertility.1,2

Question 7

Are you overweight or obese?

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Question 7 Information

Are you overweight or obese?

 

Being overweight or obese may impact hormone levels, which in turn, may affect a man’s fertility.1

Question 8

At work, are you exposed to any toxic chemicals, pesticides or heavy metals on a regular basis?

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Question 8 Information

At work, are you exposed to any toxic chemicals, pesticides or heavy metals on a regular basis?

 

Exposure to certain poisons, chemicals or metals may reduce the quality and quantity of sperm a man produces. These chemicals generally affect men who have long-term and intense exposure to them.1

Question 9

Do you frequently take hot baths, visit the sauna or sit in a hot tub (Jacuzzi ® )?

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Question 9 Information

Do you frequently take hot baths, visit the sauna or sit in a hot tub (Jacuzzi ® )?

 

Overheating of the testes, such as from hot baths, hot tubs or saunas may temporarily lower sperm count and affect fertility.1

Question 10

Do you ride bicycles frequently?

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Question 10 Information

Do you ride bicycles frequently?

 

Increased pressure from a bicycle seat may damage blood vessels and nerves responsible for erections.1 Furthermore the shocks and vibrations caused by mountain biking increases the risk of scrotal injury and thus may affect male fertility.1

Result

It is common for it to take longer than 6 months to get pregnant and in the majority of cases this does not indicate any problem.

After the age of 35, fertility problems become more common.

It can help if you have sex more often during the most fertile part of your monthly cycle. At least every other day is recommended.

It you have any concerns you should arrange to see your GP.

You may want to seek the advice of a Fertility specialist to determine if your health conditions are impacting your fertility. If so, click on the Find Clinic button below.

Result

Based on some of your responses, you may want to seek the advice of a Fertility specialist to determine if your health conditions are impacting your fertility.

If so, click on the Find Clinic button below.

It you have any concerns you should arrange to see your GP.

*References: 

1. Male Infertility – Fertility Specialist in Louisiana – IVF Fertility Answers [Internet]. Available from: https://www.fertilityanswers.com/male-infertility/. Accessed 17 December 2019.

2. Healthy Male (Andrology Australia) – What every man should know. Male infertility clinical summary guide [Internet].Available from: https://www.healthymale.org.au. Accessed 17 December 2019

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