Is Your Wife Having Trouble Getting Pregnant? Make Sure You Go to the Doctor, Too
infertility affects men and women equally, male infertility often goes
undiagnosed due to embarrassment and denial, according to the National
Infertility Association (NIA).
When a couple
is having trouble getting pregnant, male and female partners should be
tested for infertility. Forty percent of infertility cases are
attributed to medical problems of the male reproductive system,
including sperm production and delivery, sperm antibodies, hormone
production, anatomical problems, illness, infection or medication,
according to NIA.
to conceive, as well as the inability to conceive, are shared equally
by the male and female partners," said Margaret Hollister, executive
director for RESOLVE, the Web site for the NIA. "Many men feel their
masculinity is threatened or have feelings of inadequacy if they are
diagnosed with infertility. This can be an emotionally charged
experience, yet our society often overlooks the needs and medical
conditions associated with male infertility."
are many effective treatment options that can turn want-to-be fathers
into parents, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection which allows a
single sperm to be placed directly into an egg for fertilization.
Women and men struggling with infertility can visit www.resolve.com. for more information.