Infertility is often thought of as a women’s issue. Many women are familiar with infertility and the emotions that accompany not being able to conceive on your own. Despite the fact that male factor infertility is a concern in a third of infertility cases, and that another third is either unknown or attributable to both partners, men are not as familiar with infertility issues. Therefore, many men are ill equipped to cope with the psychological effects of male infertility.
Because of the differences in the male and female reproductive systems, it is often the woman who is most involved in the process. Typically, it is the woman who begins the fertility journey after seeking help from her doctor after not conceiving on her own. The diagnostic process for identifying the root cause of infertility is also much more intensive for women. This can add to the feeling that infertility is a woman’s issue. Men have to do a simple semen test to evaluate their fertility. It is often not until this point that a man consider’s his fertility and he may not be prepared to hear a negative result, which triggers the psychological effects of male infertility.
Psychological Effects of Male Infertility
Because many of women’s goals often revolve around family, women are better equipped socially to fight for having children. Our culture is less equipped to help men through fertility struggles. However, men deal with the same range of emotions that women do, but process them differently. There are a number of techniques that can help men cope with the emotional and mental aspects of infertility.
- Communicate - It is important to keep the lines of communication open. While talking about infertility issues is important, that should not be the dominant conversation. Take time to talk about fun and casual topics with your spouse, like your favorite television shows and news events.
- Enjoy Life - An infertility diagnosis is not the end of the world. Continue participating in activities you enjoy.
- Support Groups - Support groups can help to remind men that they are not alone and allow them to speak with others in a similar situation.
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