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How Men Can Reduce Stress During Infertility Treatment

Man With Baby.jpgStress is a significant risk factor for men - especially when it comes to infertility. Most men don't realize that stress reduces their fertility level. De-stressing during infertility treatment is key to successful conception. Millions of men suffer from infertility. Studies show that 40 percent of infertility cases are due to a male-factor cause. Male-factor infertility can be the sole cause of a couple’s inability to conceive naturally – or – it can be a contributing cause when the female partner also is suffering from infertility. Even if a man’s sperm count is normal – it may not be optimal. Men with normal sperm counts can still be contributing to a couple’s struggle to get pregnant naturally. An accurate diagnosis of male infertility is crucial to customizing the best treatment plan for a couple to conceive as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

 

Infertility Treatment For Men

Reducing stress should be a priority for all men, especially during infertility treatment. Our Male-Factor Infertility Experts have compiled a number of steps men can take to reduce stress during infertility treatment.

Communicate More

Infertility treatment can be a stressful process for both partners. There are diagnostic tests, procedures, and the administering of medication. These stressors can all take a toll on a couple. The best way to address this stress is through communication.

  • First, create a safe way for you and your partner to communicate. Give each other time to vent their frustrations without interruption, then work together to come up with solutions.
  • Also, take time to spend quality time together unrelated to infertility. Go to the movies or take a walk together and avoid talking about your infertility challenges. This can help to strengthen your core bond.

Exercise More

Exercise is a great way to de-stress and to relieve some energy in a positive way.  Men are more likely than women to engage in unhealthy behaviors when faced with stress. By addressing stress head on through exercise, men are able to think more clearly and to work through their issues.

Sleep More

Sleep is one of the most important things a person can do to improve their overall health. Most men skimp on sleep. Ideally, a person should get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. Too little sleep makes it difficult for a person to function properly. Male reproductivity success is adversely effected by lack of sleep.

Treatment Options

When the root cause of a man’s infertility has been diagnosed, one of the following very highly successful treatment options will typically recommend:

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using ICSI method of enhanced fertilization
  • Surgery to remove obstructions – or – surgery to extract sperm

IUI is a procedure in which a highly concentrated amount of motile sperm is injected via catheter into the woman’s uterine cavity. Through ovulation induction timed with sperm insemination, IUI provides a low cost infertility treatment for increasing a woman’s chance of pregnancy. IUI is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia – it is similar to a Pap smear.

IVF using ICSI is the most effective treatment for male-factor infertility. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is an enhanced fertilization method used to individually fertilize each egg. Using ICSI, a sperm cell is injected directly into an egg under the guidance of a microscope. ICSI is used to maximize the rate of fertilization and lessen the chances of the sperm not being able to penetrate the wall of the egg.

Male-Factor Infertility Treatment Experts

It is important to work with a fertility care team that understands which treatment methods are best for you, considering your specific medical issues. Personalized treatment plans offer the highest success rates and the best overall patient satisfaction. 

To schedule your initial consultation today, click the icon below - or - call 917-525-5496.

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