If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal, you’ll want to ensure it’s a success. While this is a procedure with a high success rate, there are also things you can do to improve your chances of being able to have a child afterwards. It’s worth keeping an eye on the latest research into male fertility so you know you’re doing everything you can.
For example, some of the chemicals frequently used in everyday cosmetic medicines, toiletries, pesticides and plastics could be damaging to male reproductive health, and potentially be behind some cases of testicular cancer, according to one new study.
A new report from The Nordic Council, representing Scandinavian governments, urges the EU to fast-track its plans for identifying, assessing and banning harmful EDCs or endocrine disruptor compounds.
Sweden is already bringing legal action against the EU following missed deadlines, which have been blamed on European chemical industry lobbying.
At the same time, a recent study has shown that one EDC commonly found in anti-perspirants and sun screens could reduce male fertility by nearly up to a third.
One campaign group, Chem Trust, said: “Companies should concentrate on products which don’t have problem chemicals like hormone disruptors. This will even give them a competitive edge as people become increasingly aware of the issues.”
The report suggests that male reproductive issues caused by EDCs cost the EU up to £470m annually.
The European Union would be the first authority in the world to bring in EDC regulation.
It is now carrying out a public consultation on a scientific way of identifying the chemicals, which lasts until mid-January 2015.
In 2012, the World Health Organisation launched a report on EDC science, concluding that urgent research on the health and environmental effects was needed.
Separately, it’s been found by researchers at Stanford University in the US that reproductive issues could also mean problems with overall health. In the study of nearly 9,500 men with fertility problems, 44% had at least one other unrelated medical diagnosis.
These included endocrine, genito-urinary and skin and circulatory issues. The research stated that improving overall health was key to the chances of a man being able to impregnate his partner.
So it seems that getting these sorts of things checked out and dealt with, and thinking about the chemicals in the toiletries you use, could improve the chances of conceiving.