So recently our director Professor Sheena Lewis met up with the lovely Ollie Locke at the Chelsea Private Clinic to talk about the SpermComet® test and how young males like Ollie could benefit from knowing more about their fertility.
For those of you who don’t know, Mr Locke is best known for appearing in series 1-5 of the the BAFTA award-winning, reality television series, Made In Chelsea (or MIC for those who are down with the kids). The show is broadcast by E4 in the UK and after 73 episodes, 3 break ups and coming out as bisexual – in 2013 Ollie confirmed ‘the party [was] over’ and he was leaving MIC.
The 28 year old well-known television personality now frequently speaks out about his keen interest in sexual health and men’s grooming (you can catch some of his male grooming guides on his youtube channel http://ow.ly/LqiQk). Since saying farewell to the Made In Chelsea originals Millie Mackintosh, Caggie Dunlop and Spencer Matthews, Ollie has been keeping busy with other projects which include his Sunday times best seller ‘Laid In Chelsea’, writing some non fiction pieces and also making new lady friends, like Sam Faiers, in the thirteenth series of Big Brother.
“My uncle died from HIV and I think that it’s something incredibly important”
From a young age Ollie Locke was made very much aware of the importance of sexual health. His family was ‘ripped apart’ by HIV, “My uncle died from HIV and I think that it’s something incredibly important,” Ollie told PinkNews.co.uk last year. Ollie said afterwards that HIV was the “most important” issue facing the LGBT community and considering 1 in 8 sexually active gay and bisexual men in London are HIV positive more well known advocates highlighting the importance of sexual health would be greatly welcomed.
It is no secret that one in six couples in the UK now have difficulty in conceiving and the number of couples seeking medical help to have a family has risen dramatically. Even though fertility issues are still seen as a ‘woman’s problem’ as we all know – it takes two to make a baby! And in fact problems in the man are just as likely to be the cause of fertility difficulties as those in women with 40% being attributed to male problems – so doesn’t it make sense for more young males to take interest in their fertility?
When we met with Mr Locke he was, as usual, charming, handsome and an absolute pleasure to work with. After some top ups to lighting and of course make up, we started by explaining a little about the test, how it works and how DNA damage is caused in sperm. Ollie then gave us a sample for the SpermComet® test!!! Professor Lewis highlighted that no matter what the outcome of his test may be – it is a win – win test! If you don’t have sperm DNA damage – Great!! If you do, consider it an early warning and make some lifestyle changes to help lower the damage. Even three months of good behaviour can make a big difference. Try a a healthier lifestyle- stop smoking or at least cut down, stick to 21 units of alcohol a week, eat well and take some exercise – that’s not too hard, is it?
It was a great experience working with Ollie and we wish him good health and fertility! Keep an eye on our website for the full YouTube video!