Using vital signs to measure health

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so” ― Galileo Galilei

Did you know that your fertility can tell you about how healthy you will be in the future? And that measuring your fertility as part of your vital signs could help you with improving your health?

Vital signs are measurements to check a person's health. The following are the top 5 vital signs being checked:

  1. Temperature (measured with a thermometer)  
  2. Heart Rate (measured with a stethoscope)
  3. Blood pressure (measured with a blood pressure monitor)  
  4. Respiratory rate (measured with respirometer)
  5. Pain

Sixth vital sign

The menstrual period and cycle should be added to be measured as a sixth vital sign. 

Measure your sixth vital sign:

  • First day last period
  • Cycle Days
  • Ovulation day
  • Fertile Window
  • Implantation Day
  • Next Period
  • Missed period

Infertility might also serve as a marker for elevated cancer risk, there is a relationship between body weight – a ‘read-out’ of metabolic function – and fertility or fecundity, and men whose primary complaint is infertility have a higher number of comorbid conditions than those who seek medical attention for other issues

The sixth vital sign, your fertility, can be a measure of future health. There there is evidence for an association between male and female infertility and later health.

Therefore, measuring the sixth vital sign, your fertility, can tell you what may happen with your future health. Infertility is an early marker of chronic disease, and screening practices should be adjusted to include measuring the sixth vital sign, similar to other signs like for patients with a family history of malignancy or other conditions.

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