Human reproduction

Big Girl’s Blouse, Ctd

Yesterday I blogged about a soft frog who has taken his missus surname…Now I think I have found the problem of French soft-cockery:

Researchers found that between 1989 and 2005, the number of sperm in one milliliter of the average 35-year-old Frenchman’s semen fell from about 74 million to about 50 million – a decrease of roughly 32 percent.

“That’s certainly within the normal range, but if you think about it, if there continues to be a decrease, we would expect that we’ll get into that infertile range,” said Grace Centola, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology in Birmingham, Alabama.

And the French aren’t the only ones who should be concerned, the researchers said.

OMG, who else is at risk?

“A decline in male reproduction endpoints has been suspected for several decades and is still debated all around the world. Geographical differences have been observed between countries, and between areas inside countries,” said Jo?lle Le Moal from the Institut de Veille Sanitaire in?France, who led the study.

Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, Le Moal’s team said global analyses have found decreases in sperm counts, as did recent studies in?Israel, India, New Zealand and?Tunisia.

Now we know why this country is becoming all sooky as well.


I am not an enthusiastic supporter of abortion…but I do think the laws surrounding abortion need to be amended because they reflect attitudes from a by-gone era.

What I can’t countenance though are threats from bullies, they do their cause no good at all:

Police are investigating an anonymous threat to destroy a new Invercargill abortion clinic and intimidate its medical staff.

Labour, National and the Greens all condemned the threat, but as the debate rages, Deputy Prime Minister and Southland MP Bill English is staying silent.

The threat against the clinic and its staff was emailed to the Abortion Law Reform Association on Wednesday. “People who work at the clinic are legitimate targets and so are you. You’ll be hearing from me again, that is if your computer, or in fact your premises, are in one piece,” it said.

The threat also referred to a hospital source providing details about clinic staff.

The Sunday Star-Times last week revealed the clinic opened in secrecy to protect the identity of its staff, after months of anti-abortion protest in Invercargill.

I wonder of these dickheads have thought about the irony of being pro-life yet threatening to kill?

The tragedy in the celebration

The Bay of Plenty Times had, what appeared to be a happy story, about a couple who have had their third set of twins.

Feeding six boys would be a challenge for many parents but for Papamoa mum Tressa Simonsen, it’s almost become a military operation.

Not that you would know it. As a mother to three sets of twins, the 31-year-old almost makes it look easy.

“I’m a bit of a whiz at it now,” she says.

“But I’m very lucky because the new babies are great and feeding and sleeping well.”

But there is an underlying tragedy in this story, one that is yet to materialise, but it will. Unhappiness is stalking this family.

Tressa was already mum to four boys – Sharaz and Shaqiel, 10, and Daklan and Darius, 2, when the latest pair arrived.

Kramer and Kelly, weighing 6 pounds 11 and 6 pounds 4 ounces respectively, were born 20 days early on September 5 at Tauranga Hospital.

But there is an interesting twist in this story.

All three sets of twins are fraternal, which means they are not identical and come from two separate eggs. Identical twins happen when an egg splits.

The chance of having three sets of twins is only 1 in 500,000.

Wow those are some odds. I wonder if the repeater bothered to ask two simple questions.

1. Did you have IVF?

2. Did the taxpayer pay for it?

Three sets of fraternal twins….smelling a rat here? I know she says she has never taken fertility drugs, but that isn’t a never had IVF either. Bet she goes again to get a girl too, which is what she was probably doing the second and third times.