Male Reproductive Health Study
In Denmark, all young men, except those suffering from severe or chronic diseases (<15%), are required to attend a medical examination before they may be considered for military service.
In collaboration with the military health authority, young men attending these medical examinations in the greater Copenhagen area in Denmark are asked to participate in The Male Reproductive Health Study. Those men who consented to participate were examined at the Department of Growth and Reproduction at Rigshospitalet, Until now, more than 6000 young men have been included in the study.
For details on the examination, and samples taken, see the column to the left.
The young men are invited irrespective of whether they were declared fit for military service.
Place of residence should be in the greater Copenhagen area
The study was approved by ethical committees of the Capital Region (RegionH) and in accordance with the Helsinki II declaration. All participants gave their informed consent.
Senior scientist and Consultant Niels Jørgensen
Inge Ahlmann Olesen MD
Loa Nordkap MD
Peter Christiansen MD
Tina Kold Jensen MD, PhD, Prof
Ulla Nordström Joensen MD
Anne-Kirstine Bang MD
Lærke Priskorn MPH
Marianna Krause MD
Pia Ekbom MD
Niels E Skakkebæk, MD, Prof
For publications related to the Male Reproductive Health Study, see here
The study gathers the following information:
Degree of masculinization
DEXA scan*: Bone mineral density, body fat mass etc.
Total sperm count
FSH and LH
IGF-1 and IGFBP3*
DNA and RNA isolation Genetic polymorphisms* (AR, FSHB, FSHr, IGF, SHOX, R501X, 2282del4)
Whole genome SNP analyses (Affymetrix)*
Previous health and growth Socio-economic factors
*=available for a subgroup and/or later included participants