08:07am Monday 25 May 2020

An unhealthy silence

Andrology Australia, the country’s peak authority on male reproductive health, is urging men to seek help when they experience health issues.

Andrology Australia Director Professor Rob McLachlan said if men are reluctant to speak about their general health, they are even more silent on issues related to reproductive health. 

“Every year, thousands of men suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about sensitive issues,” Professor McLachlan said.

With International Men’s Health Week (June 10 – 16) around the corner Andrology Australia has produced brochures and posters to help community organisations and health services promote men’s health, normalizing the discussion of male reproductive health.

The resources aim to remind men that reproductive health issues are common and can be linked to more serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

“We want men to be able to talk to a health professional about any concerns, no matter how embarrassing or awkward, because failing to act may have disastrous consequences,” Professor McLachlan said.

“We are talking about a whole range of issues that are also linked to general and mental health.”

In addition to International Men’s Health Week resources, Andrology Australia provides fact sheets and booklets on specific conditions and these can be ordered free of charge.

Andrology Australia (The Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health) was established with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in 2000 and administered by Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.

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