World famous fertility expert Dr Ahmed Ismail discusses men’s health problems, whether sexual or not, and their relation to pregnancy delay and infertility in Sayidaty magazine (issue 1952 on the 4th of August 2018).

An English translation summarizing the article is below the photographs.





















































Looking at fertility problems in couples, almost 50% relate to men. A man’s health includes major factors that influence fertility such as frequency of sex, erections, sperm quality/quantity and infections. One of the largest factors is prostate problems, which cause sperm quality to decline leading to low sperm count, low motility and an increase in DNA fragmentation.

The prostate and testicles are organs which primarily produce and feed sperm- this dictates the quality of the sperm and influences the chance of pregnancy. This means that in some cases of delayed pregnancy the female’s fertility is perfectly fine, and she would be able to become pregnant with a different partner.

So how can you take care of your prostate? Here are some factors to avoid that have a negative effect:

  • Having multiple partners
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Infections in the genital area

My best advice to men is to have regular check-ups of the prostate, to both rule out the potential of cancer and identify any inflammatory cells which could lead to infertility. This is particularly important if you are over the age of 40.