Infertility in women is a relatively common medical topic, but what about infertility in men? Not only is this issue not discussed nearly as much as with women, but there’s often a stigma around it. That stigma, coupled with a lack of information, can stop men from seeking out fertility services that could help them and their partners start or expand their families.
With 40% to 50% of infertility cases being on the man’s side and not the woman’s, that means around 7% of all men around the world are affected by personal struggles related to conceiving a child. Low sperm production or abnormal sperm account for many of the infertility cases, but there can be other medical factors that cause male infertility, as well.
Genetic factors, lifestyle choices like drinking and smoking, hormone imbalances, and obesity are common contributors to infertility in both men and women. Unfortunately, women often have these kinds of discussions with their doctors, where men are mostly left in the dark about what they need to do. Many men also don’t want to talk about fertility due to the stigma, so they often avoid getting help.
Men can feel emasculated if they aren’t able to create children easily, and they may also feel ashamed to talk about the issue with their friends or discuss it with their doctor. The good news is that men who seek out care have some options to help them conceive. In addition to making lifestyle changes and treating medical conditions, there are assisted reproductive technologies, as well.
Medications, surgery, and hormone treatments are among the most common ways to help men address infertility concerns. That can increase conception chances, and also help reduce stress for both partners. The most important consideration with male infertility is that it’s not uncommon, but raising awareness is vital to help men everywhere understand that.
A couple that’s been trying to have children for a year or more without success should talk to their doctors about the possibility of infertility issues. Both men and women can benefit from honest conversations with their medical professionals.
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