Short posts on each of the essays from So Hormonal – A Collection of Essays on Hormones published by Monstrous Regiment, Edinburgh. Edited by Emily Horgan and Zachary Dickson with a foreword by Karen Havelin.
Getting Off the Back Foot with Male Fertility Health by Tyler Christie
There is a short, personal introduction to Tyler Christie’s essay about fertility and, particularly the part men and their sperm can play in that process. It tells of how he always imagined that his future would involve having children, but how hard it was at the start. He allows his vulnerability to come through and it’s a poignant read.
The remainder of the essay has more of the tone of an informative website, and soon it becomes apparent that he and his wife have set up an organisation, Parla, which provides support and advocacy for those who need it. This little-known subject deserves such attention, and it is admirable that the author puts his hand up and takes responsibility on behalf of men in general. As he acknowledges, it is commonly assumed that women and their bodies are at the centre of any issues, so this is a refreshing and honest approach. There are useful statistics and practical tips, and the piece will undoubtedly raise awareness.