Fertility expert Zita West answers your questions, in this video, she discusses male fertility.
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Matthew Lorenzo: Fertility problems can be very upsetting and put a huge amount of strain on even the strongest relationships. Zeta West is one of the top fertility experts in the country, and she joined us in the studio. Welcome Zeta. Zeta West: Thank you. Matthew Lorenzo: Can you just tell us a little about what your male program is all about? Zeta West: Yeah, I think the focus has been very much on women, and men need looking after too and very often men feel very embarrassed if they've got a problem with fertility because it's not something you go on down to the pub and you talk about, and then they got woman to talk to. So we offer somewhere they can come and they can get a good basic program, where they can have the semen analysis plus they can sort of need someone talk to them and find out exactly what's happening. Matthew Lorenzo: So is that -- one of the biggest hurdle is actually getting the man through your door? Zeta West: Well, it use to be. 10-years-ago when I was doing this, it was the women that came all the time and now men come -- they come as couples which is fantastic. You can usually tell where the problem lies by the way a man walks into the room, arms-folded, head down, and he is embarrassed, and there is no need to be embarrass, because male fertility is becoming more and more common. Matthew Lorenzo: So why is the focus has been so heavily on the women then, because it takes too after all? Zeta West: I know it does takes too and I don't why the focus has been on the women for so long. But most men won't make any changes unless they find that they have got a problem, and it's women that would drive everything. She will go and buy the vitamins, the pills, the books and to expect her chap to follow suit and very often man don't unless there is the problem. Matthew Lorenzo: I can see why it might be a problem for some men not for all obviously because is in the pub, of course, and nothing is ever wrong in that department and there is this oh, look at that and all the rest of that. I mean it's totally with how things might be. Zeta West: Yeah, absolutely. It has to change and I think that slowly it is started to change and I think that it's no longer the stigma that it was probably 10-years-ago. Matthew Lorenzo: So do you find there are certain groups, certain profession that are particular susceptible? Zeta West: I think life style factors have a big impact on male fertility and so cab drivers, long distance lorry drivers, if you are doing a lot of marathon running, and lot of athletics that can affect sperm. Matthew Lorenzo: But by how much? Zeta West: A lot. It can have an impact on the difference between getting pregnant or not. So by making life style changes and again I have given them a fact sheet and men like science so that's all referenced and being able to tell them not to sort of have jacuzzis, not to wear tight underpants, how much alcohol they're drinking, how many cigarettes they are smoking, what is impacting on their fertility that they are doing everyday in their lives. Matthew Lorenzo: I mean sitting in your office and you are consulting whatever you call it, I don't understand, well, I disagree with that, although they all know that perhaps they are ignoring? Zeta West: No, men are pretty bad, they will come, they want to make changes but very often they will only make the changes like I said earlier, if there is a problem. So there is no problem, they are much more reluctant to cut down on alcohol, cigarettes etcetera. So the problem has to be there to begin with, to get them to change. It's very, very hard, they will come and they will do a nutritional program. They are quite happy to sort of come and find out what vitamins, minerals etcetera they need to take. What they need to change in their life style? And it has to be made easy, it's no good. A little bit of what you fancy does is good, it's no good cutting absolutely everything out and that's why they find hard is the thou
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