When a couple is experiencing infertility, it is often misconceived that the problem is attributed to the woman. According to the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, in approximately 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility.
In most cases, male infertility is attributed to abnormal sperm. There may be low numbers of sperm or none at all. Perhaps the sperm do not swim well or are deformed. These issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including testicular surgery, testicular infection, hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency), varicocele (varicose veins in the scrotum), cystic fibrosis, radiotherapy, etc.
Men and women tend to respond to infertility in different ways, but that does not make it any less devastating. If you have not yet been to visit an infertility specialist, now is the time. A fertility specialist can assist in finding the root of the problem and can give you general advice. There is also the option of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Remember that there are options during this troubling time.
Talk About It
Keep the lines of communication open. This does not mean you have to be open with each and every person you come across when it comes to your fertility problems, but speak with someone, whether it be a trusted friend, a doctor, a nurse, a counselor, etc. If you begin to lose interest in things you once enjoyed, become angry or abusive easily, develop insomnia or sleep longer than usual, or begin abusing drugs or alcohol, speak with a doctor or counselor who is trained in fertility.
Healthy Coping Strategies
Don’t let the stress build up until it breaks you down. Develop healthy coping strategies by exercising, such as biking, lifting weights, swimming, or other sports. Exercise has been shown to help reduce stress. It is also helpful to practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, or consider getting a massage.
All in all, infertility affects people in a range of ways. Remember that you are not alone and that there is help available, as well as other options.
The North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine/Talbert Fertility Institute is the premiere center for reproductive health in North Carolina and the East Coast. Our team specializes in fertility testing, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility conditions. We’re experts in IVF, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Male Infertility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Gestation Surrogacy, Family Balancing, and more. Contact us today.