Why it’s important to pay attention to sperm Did you know that a man’s fertility is a good indicator of his overall health? Recent studies have shown that sperm count is linked to life expectancy.  Why?  If a man has a high number of good healthy sperm, he is likely to also have:

  • Balanced hormone levels
  • Proper nutrition
  • Minimal exposure to toxins
  • A healthy cardiovascular system

These are all critical for healthy sperm production and for living a long, healthy and productive life. Now, of course, this is a bit of an over-simplification. Healthy men can have fertility issues. Non-healthy men can have great sperm. But, as is the case in women, reproductive health is closely correlated to overall health.

Now, here’s a scary stat. A number of studies show that there’s been a 30% decline in average sperm count over the past 20 years. This is just one example of the growing issue the world is seeing with men’s health.  Many countries, including the Unites States, have a growing gender gap in health status between men and women. Men are dying younger, facing more illnesses and receive less medical treatment than women. They are also more likely to face their health in isolation as they have smaller support networks and are less likely to ask for help.

June is Men’s Health Month Championed by the Men’s Health Network, a non-profit that “reaches men where they live, work, play and pray”, Men’s Health Month is a dedicated opportunity to build awareness about men’s health issues. Here are some of the events that will be happening:

June 9-13 It’s a Guy Thing Male Fertility Summit: Kristen Magnacca Darcy and Don’t Cook your Balls have teamed up to offer a free 5 day online summit dedicated to all the issues surrounding male fertility. It is designed to help couples struggling with male fertility issues to learn more about the condition and connect to key resources to support their journey. It will cover key topics such as testosterone and fertility, varicocele – treat or not to treat, advanced treatment options for azoospermia, tips and tricks to communicating with your wife, what to do when biology won’t cooperate.

June 13: The Drive for Men’s Health: Dr’s Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, are leaving the operating room behind and taking to the highway to spread the word about men’s health issues. The two urologists and robotic surgeons have planned the first even Drive for Men’s Health event, traveling from Central Florida to NYC in an all-electric Tesla vehicle. The purpose of the Drive For Men’s Health is to encourage men to make their health a priority. Throughout the drive, the physicians will broadcast live through Google Glass in order to discuss men’s health issues, as well as related partners and sponsors.

There are many more great Men’s Health events happening throughout the country. Check out the official Men’s Health Month calendar to learn more.

Get Involved You can help! By simply posting a picture to facebook, twitter or instagram, you can raise awareness about men’s health issues AND raise money to support free health screenings for men.

What to do

  • Take a picture: of something that is bad for your testicular health (smoking, tight pants, hottubs, a donut, you get the idea) with the phase “don’t cook your balls” somewhere in the picture
  • Post the picture to facebook, twitter or instagram with the hashtag #dontcookyourballs
  • Ask friends to like, share and retweet

During the month of June, for every picture posted that is tagged with #dontcookyourballs, $0.50 will be donated to the Men’s Health Network to support free health screenings for men. Posts with the most likes, favorites and retweets will be awarded weekly prizes, while the most popular post of the month will receive a grand prize. See official contest page for more details.