Though most people think of infertility as a female problem, 30 to 50 percent of the cases involve male infertility. Because men often see themselves as the protectors and providers, male factor infertility can feel particularly devastating. Thanks to medical advances, most cases of male infertility can be successfully treated. Usually, the initial screening is done in conjunction with the female fertility work up. If Dr. Douglas finds a problem, he will refer your partner to a urologist for more detailed testing.
These tips can help couples dealing with male infertility:
• Get the facts
Once you receive the diagnosis, learn all that you can about the specific condition. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor, including treatment options and success rates.
• Lean on each other
Infertility causes anxiety and frustration for both partners. Don’t shut each other out during this stressful time. It will also help if you spend time together doing fun activities like going to see play, visiting a local museum or taking a long drive on the weekend.
• Seek outside support
Check with online communities, infertility resources in your area or national organizations like Resolve to see if they have groups just for men dealing with infertility. Talking with other guys in similar situations may help your partner feel less alone.
• Stay healthy
To increase your odds of conceiving, the doctor may recommend making certain lifestyle changes. Often, your partner’s physician make suggest wearing boxers, not briefs and staying out of hot tubs to ensure the best odds for achieving a pregnancy.
• Focus on other things
Often, couples dealing with infertility become consumed by the desire to conceive a child. While this is an important part of your life, don’t let it take over. Make an effort to talk about other things and keep up hobbies you enjoy.