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HAVING a healthy sperm count is more important to men than a successful career or being popular with women, a poll revealed.

Settling down with a partner tops life's priorities, followed by owning a property, it found. But having good quality sperm or a high sperm count ranks equal third place with maintaining a healthy bank balance. Being successful at work came in fourth place, followed by having a good appearance in fifth.

Men regarded being good at sport and driving a nice car a s joint sixth place, while popularity with women came last, in seventh place. The survey of 3,000 men was carried out by government-funded charity the National Gamete Donation Trust. It has launched a campaign to encourage men to come forward as sperm donors to tackle a national shortage. The poll also found that while 13% of men believe sperm quality is their top priority, 91% underestimate the number of couples suffering infertility in the UK. One in six couples are thought to have problems. Laura Witjens, chairwoman of the charity, said: "As our research shows, men view their sperm count and ability to have children as crucially important in life, and the new campaign we're launching -Have You Got the Balls? -aims to get men thinking about sperm donation.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2010
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