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What About Men’s Reproductive Health?

In her latest book, GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health, sociologist Rene Almeling asks why all the public health messages about healthy childbearing seem to be aimed at women. What about the research that shows that men’s health is relevant to the condition of their sperm, and can profoundly affect the health of their children? Why did it take so long to be researched in the first place, never mind disseminated to the public? What does that mean for how men currently understand their reproductive health? And why isn’t there a robust reproductive health specialty for men, the way that women have obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN)?

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