Male infertility is associated with impaired quality of life and poorer health status.
However, few studies have focused on men’s knowledge of their own fertility. Studies of both men and women have found that men are comparatively less knowledgeable about issues of fertility and reproductive health.
A recent Canadian study of men’s knowledge of their own fertility and awareness of factors associated with male infertility has been published in Human Reproduction. Half of the men surveyed had poor knowledge of factors that may affect their fertility. And, more than half expressed a desire for more information about fertility.
The results suggest broad public education for men about fertility is warranted.