Every so often I get an email from a company wanting me to review a product or write about a product, and I usually steer clear because that's not really what this blog is about. And I'm not tech savvy at all and don't know how to do giveaways and all that jazz. Of course if there's ever anything I find that is a must have at the IF Island give shop, then I'll definitely share the info, but I know how overwhelming more stuff can be.
A few weeks ago I got an email from a gal working at WaveWall Worldwide, an international startup based in the UK, that created an anti radiation phone case, that supposedly "protects testicles from up to 87% of radiation emitted from cell phones."
It got me thinking more about male factor infertility and how increasingly common (yet really not talked about) it is. We know that about 1 in 8 couples suffer with infertility. What many people don't know is that male factor infertility is just as common as female infertility, and there is a lot of unexplained infertility. And what people, especially men need to remember is that diagnosed problems with the part of the body that is used to procreate is a medical condition. Sperm issues have nothing to do with virility or ones manhood. It has to do with something in the body not functioning the way it should. It's no ones fault and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Infertility seems to be on the rise in general and I often wonder why and also think there's got to be an environmental component involved. When we were going through IVF I went nuts on Noah. And we didn't have a male factor issue. I made him eat brazil nuts and a steak before "ejac" night, I begged him not to ride his bike and forbid him from going into a hot tub and yelled at him when he had his phone or laptop near his privates. Had I known these cases existed, I might have just got him one. They're nice, the phone slips right into this little leather sleeve and the inside part comes in Seahawks colors (blue or neon green). Also, they protect anyone from seeing text exchanges that happen to pop up on your phone.
Now I'm less concerned with Noah's sperm and more concerned with Momo's head. I am...umm...holding her for every nap...literally...every...single...nap (and telling myself that I am creating a secure attachment for her). What that also means is that my phone is always near her/us because that's my lifeline to the world right now. When I'm texting my sister to complain about how my arm is completely numb, I worry and obsess about Momo's exposure to radiation. But when I'm not texting or googling things like,"best diaper cream," then I put the phone in this case and tell myself I'm protecting her from brain cancer because I've recently became aware that kids absorb something like 10 times the amount of mobile radiation than adults do. Ugh. I'll just put that on my list of things to worry about.
Anyway. This is not to freak anyone out or to blindly plug a product. It's just sharing info and reminding any men out there dealing with male factor issues that they are really not alone.