They kept me on my toes, I have to say. Spewing out crisp, meaty answers (in 140 characters or less) to a quiver of live, rapid-fire questions was a challenge. Kind of like 2-minute speed dating, but without the bourbon on the rocks.
I was a guest “speaker” on a tweet chat hosted by Fertility Authority this week. My goal was to respond precisely and informatively to real-world questions about male infertility. Looking over the chat, I am impressed by the caliber, character and complexity of the queries posed to me.
There were some tweets that were answerable in a single word or two:
- When should a guy see a urologist vs. reproductive endocrinologist with partner? (Urologist, stat!)
- If a guy were to exercise and lose weight, could this help increase his sperm count? (Yes)
- Can vitamins/supplements help male infertility? (Yes)
- Is vasectomy reversal a viable option for baby making? (You bet)
On the other hand, there were other tweets that could easily have merited an essay response:
- New treatments on the horizon for male infertility.
- Info on the prognosis after varicocele surgery
- One thing men MUST avoid for fertility
- One super food men must keep in mind for fertility
- Does low testosterone mean male infertility?
- How significant is sperm morphology in the scheme of infertility?
- What studies have been done on environmental factors that cause azoospermia?
- Studies on azoospermia with testicular cancer?
Besides its high content quality, what impressed me the most about this conversation-in-the-clouds, was that patients really appear to “get” two very simple and fundamental truths about male infertility: (1) Overall health is tightly linked to reproductive health and, (2) there are basic things that you can do at home to improve male fertility. As I have been know to tout: “To optimize fertility, treat your body like a temple.” Thank you, Fertility Authority for helping me help men to help themselves (and their partners).