Our children’s lives begin long before they are born. The sperm that fertilises the egg is a couple of months old at the time of conception. The egg itself developed more than a generation earlier; in a woman’s grandmother’s uterus.
It’s probably of no surprise that the health of sperm and eggs is important for a couples’ fertility, but what’s less well known is that a couple’s sperm and egg health is also important for the life-long health of their children.
Men need to know about how their health and lifestyle can affect the health of their future children, and their general practitioners are well placed to provide this information.
Researchers surveyed GPs to find out what they know about the effect of men’s health and lifestyle on their future fertility and children’s health, and ask what they needed to help provide this important information.