The main goal of this study is to analyse the semen quality of Irish men over 18 years old. The research fits in a context of concern by the decline in the semen quality in males from developed countries, as well as by an increase in fertility problems, in which the male factor plays a role in more than 50% of the cases.

In addition, the study poses a good opportunity so that Irish men can have their semen tested in a voluntary, free and anonymous way to get to know its quality and, in this way, be able to prevent future problems. Numerous evidence relate the semen quality with certain diseases, hence the semen quality can be considered a biomarker of general health.

Institut Marquès has had a specific Andrology unit for over 30 years, which is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of male pathologies that affect their sexual and reproductive health.

Environmental pollutants and some virus like the one causing Covid-19 may be impacting the quality of your sperm. Your fertility depends on it.

Amongst the main factors of the decline of male fertility, we find environmental pollution caused by the so-called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are chemical substances that exponentially accumulate in the organism as we go up in the food chain. Some of these substances act as endocrine disruptors; they behave like a hormone without being one. In the case of the estrogenic disruptors, they act like female hormones, altering the testicular development of the foetus during pregnancy.

Previous studies on male fertility carried out by Institut Marquès in Spain determined a worse semen quality in those areas with a higher presence of this type of chemical substances.

The results of this study will allow us to determine the reproductive health degree of the Irish male population, compared with other parameters established by the World Health Organization and with other countries. It presupposes that the result of the study will be that there is a decrease in the quality of semen.

The number of males, which can only become parents through sperm bank, is increasing. 

Whether you take part in the study or not, you can ask for a first medical consultation.

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After assessing the impact of pollution in health and fertility, Institut Marquès has decided to play its part to fight against this worrying trend, to the extent possible. This is why we have launched the Forest of Embryos, a Corporate Social Responsibility project in collaboration with the environmental organisation “L’Escurçó” in Tarragona. With their help, we are planting a tree for each child born thanks to our Assisted Reproduction treatments.

The study, which we have previously carried out in Spain with significant impact among both the scientific area and the public, is now being carried out in other European countries. The goal is to determine the fertility degree, as well as the reproductive health of the male population in each one of the countries, compared to the parameters established by the World Health Organisation.

Institut Marquès, as a medical centre, and its CEO, Dr Marisa López- Teijón support the manifesto from “Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation”. This is a citizen’s coalition formed by civil society organisations, institutions, researchers and legal experts. The platform claims for an independent regulation without vested interests.