As 2023 comes to an end, we’re looking back on some of the moments that have moved the dial in male fertility – from research breakthroughs to Channel 4 TV shows!
Here are five exciting things that happened in male fertility this year:
Sperm Health on Channel 4
2023 saw male fertility get its prime-time TV moment – with Channel 4’s Celebrity Save Our Sperm! The show followed celebrities Russell Kane, Ollie Locke, and Melvin Odoom as they tested – and then worked to improve – their sperm health over 10 weeks.
The show not only highlighted the importance of sperm testing but also shone a light on some of the key factors contributing to the steep decline in sperm count we’re currently seeing in men, including toxins in our environment. All the celebrities saw some improvements in their sperm health after making lifestyle changes (Ollie even went on to father his first child!). We hope that having this conversation in the mainstream media will encourage more men to get to know their swimmers proactively.
ExSeed Launches CASA Lite
2023 brought in some pretty exciting leaps forward for ExSeed too. Earlier this year we launched CASA Lite, the latest addition to our semen diagnostics family. Whilst our home sperm test helps men take fertility testing into their own hands, CASA Lite was created to support our large network of experts, opening up the possibility of running semen analyses in more locations such as satellite clinics, GP surgeries, and anywhere an internet connection thanks to its portability and ease of use. The CASA Lite (Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis) helps reduce workflow with its quick testing capabilities, enabling analysis times of as little as 1 minute per sample. The device is unlike any other, successfully combining high-resolution imaging with fast and accurate computer analysis, in a portable form factor with the ease of plug-and-play.
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Research Into Mobile Phones and Male Fertility
We’ve been talking about the impact tech around the testicles can have on our sperm health for a long time, but in 2023 a new study gave some pretty solid evidence that our mobile phones could be directly contributing to lower sperm concentration.
Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) analysed data from 2,886 Swiss men aged 18 to 22, recruited between 2005 and 2018 at six military centres.
The study found that sperm concentration was significantly higher in the group of men who did not use their phones more than once a week (56.5 million per milliliter), compared with men who used their phones more than 20 times a day (44.5 million per milliliter). Researchers say this difference corresponds to a 21% decrease in sperm concentration for frequent users, compared to rare users!
Whilst this is concerning, we would love to see more research getting to the root causes of male fertility issues, and hope we’ll see more studies like this in 2024!
Global Call For Urgent Male Fertility Action
Scientists weren’t only researching male fertility in 2023, they were campaigning to help save it. In 2023, an international consortium of experts, led by the University of Melbourne’s Dean of Science Professor Moira O’Bryan, joined forces to call on governments and health systems to acknowledge the severity of our declining male fertility issue.
They also provided a first-time roadmap for urgent, global action. Their recommendations, published in Nature Reviews Urology, Genomic sequencing, and better diagnostic tests routinely offered to men struggling to conceive and rigorous tests on the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on male fertility. To see experts from all over the world come together to raise awareness of these important issues is incredible – we can’t wait to see what progress they make in the future.
Launch of ‘The Male Fertility Podcast’
Fertility Coach, Shaun Greenaway and Personal Trainer, Ciaran Hannington have long been active voices in the male fertility space. Over the last few years, the pair have used their respective social media platforms to share their difficult journeys to fatherhood and their advice for other men in a similar position.
This year Shaun and Ciaran joined forces to launch The Male Fertility Podcast, a no-holds-barred deep dive into their stories – and a must-listen for any guy struggling to become a father. From hilarious sperm sample situations to raw and beautiful insights on the personal growth that comes from infertility, this podcast is a breath of fresh air and will help so many men.