Embargoed until 00.01 26th April 2005
Research launched to assess how men feel about fertility has shown that men in the UK feel ill informed and therefore have a number of misunderstandings and concerns. 86 percent of men stated that whilst women receive plenty of information about their fertility, there is little for men. The study highlighted that men have worries regarding fertility, meeting the ‘one’, having kids, the impact that work is having on their lives and settling down.
Wellman, a unique vitamin supplement specially formulated for men commissioned the research in the run-up to the launch of their Wellman Fertility helpline for men, which goes live on Tuesday 26th April 2005.
If I were a rich man…
If wanting to be financially secure and meeting the right person weren’t an issue, more than three quarters of men (77 percent) would want to be married by the time they were 30, and 60 percent would also want children by the time they were 30. The average age that men actually tie the knot in the UK is 35.6 years old, which only 7 percent of men surveyed said was their preferred age.
All work and no play…
As well as work having an impact on men’s sex lives (51 percent claim they have less sex than they would like as a result of working long hours and stress), the UK’s hard working culture means that over half of men (52 percent) put off having children as they don’t get enough time to meet ‘the one’ and as a result don’t have children until later in life.
More than one in three men (35 percent) would consider taking a salary cut to ensure less stress and a better quality of life, in turn meaning that they might be able to settle down at a younger age.
Work is always top of a man’s mind with more than one in five (21 percent) working every weekend and almost half (47 percent) working/thinking about work every other weekend. Almost three quarters of men (72 percent) claim that when they take holiday time from work they are so exhausted that part of their holiday is spent feeling too tired/ill to enjoy their break fully.
Over a quarter of men (26 percent) work an average of more than 10 hours each day…this is impacting on all areas of their personal lives with almost one in five men (19 percent) worrying that they may never meet their soul mate.
The key influences…
More than a quarter of men (30 percent) worry that by the time they have children they will be considered to be an old dad. When it comes to factors that have the greatest influence on when they want to have children, a man’s age is the biggest factor (62 percent), followed by pressure from the missus (34 percent) and when their friends have children (10 percent).
Men in the dark…
As a result of the lack of information on fertility, men also have a few misunderstandings. The majority of men surveyed thought that if a woman has problems getting pregnant it is more likely to be due to a problem with her own fertility (one in three men) than with a man’s fertility (one in five men). Research has in fact shown that in a third of cases infertility is related to a male problem.
GP, Dr Rob Hicks commented, "This is clearly an important issue for many men. The Wellman research highlights how increasing work pressures are having a detrimental effect on many aspects of a man's life. It also demonstrates how men are concerned about their fertility but lack the information they need. I often see men in my surgery who want advice about improving their chances of parenthood, however, I'm sure there are many men who do not feel able to come and ask their doctor for help. This is why an informative and confidential help-line will be of great benefit to many men."
The Wellman Fertility helpline will launch at 00.01 on Tuesday 26th April. The helpline will provide expert advice on all areas of male fertility. Callers’ details will be kept confidential. As a result of the calls received, a booklet will be produced answering men’s most commonly asked questions together with health and lifestyle advice.
A comprehensive formulation of 28 essential bio-elements, Wellman has been specially developed to help maintain general health and vitality in men of all ages. Wellman is ideal for those men looking for a nutritional supplement to safeguard sexual health, help achieve optimum sports potential or to help maintain health in an otherwise hectic and stressful lifestyle.
Notes to Editors
Please note Dr Rob Hicks is available for press interviews
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Wellman Fertility helpline number is 08456 129606 (charged at local rate).
Wellman tablets are available from Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett leading supermarkets and health food stores nationwide at a retail price of £7.95 for 30 tablets. Also available is Wellman Fizz and Wellman High Performance energy drink, which can be taken alongside Wellman tablets on those days when you feel you need that extra energy boost.
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