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The Fertility Podcast

The Fertility Podcast is released every Monday, sharing expert interviews with leading fertility experts around the world as well as men and women sharing their own struggles on their journey to become parents. If you have a story to share or an expert with an interesting take on the developments within the fertility industry email

Jun 17, 2019

All too often men feel overlooked or invisible when it comes to talking about fertility issues. It's not your average conversation for the pub, we know!

But with infertility being a 50/50 issue between men and women and sperm count being on the decline across the world, we want to help the conversation along.

Talk Fertility is a series of events making information accessible. To celebrate Men's Health Week 2019 we brought together some top-notch male fertility experts to discuss lifestyle and environmental changes that can be made to improve their sperm health and ultimately their fertility. 

We discussed diet, smoking and drinking, protein shakes, toxins and oxidative stress. Which tests you can do at home, or via your GP or the ones you can pay for at a fertility clinic to understand more about your sperm. How to field the questions if you're being asked about having children, how it feels to be a man and not be able to have children

Also, we talked about how you can understand the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, encouraging males to visit their GP if they detect any of the signs or symptoms.


Dr Muhammed Akthar - Consultant Gynaecologist and an accredited sub-specialist in reproductive medicine, 

Dr Robin Hadley - Independent Researcher who specialises on male childlessness. Robin's counselling and own experience led him to self-fund his MA and MSc (University of Manchester, 2008; 2009) on the desire for fatherhood and the levels of desire for parenthood in childless people and parents. His PhD (Keele, 2015) examined the impact of involuntarily childless on the lives of older men. He is a founder member of the campaign group Ageing Without Children and has written a great deal about his experience

Dr Michale Caroll - Course Director, MSc Clinical Science / Cellular Science, Manchester Metropolitan University. Michael studied toxicology and shares his insight about lifestyle and environmental factors affecting male fertility.  Michael's research interest includes reproductive cell biology, Andrology, investigating lifestyle and environment effects on human sperm, and evolutionary biology.

Jack Broadley - Founder Baggy Trousers

BaggyTrousersUK is a cancer charity based in the North West of England, it was founded by Jack Broadley in 2014. After going through his own experience of testicular cancer at the age of 21, Jack decided to take on this challenge to embark on a journey that would inspire him to helping others that have been affected by the illness that he’d once had. Jack felt an inherent urge to make a difference in the lives of males affected by testicular cancer and that, with the charity being run by a survivor, he could get the message across to others by the telling of his experience.