Many people tend to think of infertility as a “female” problem.
However, about one-third of fertility problems stem from females, about one-third from males. The last third is unknown, so we assume that some combination of male and female issues are occurring.
Many men don’t want to think they could be the reason that they and their partner are not successful at becoming pregnant. This is the same psychological experience women go through if they have infertility.
Some men are concerned they waited too long, had illnesses, or engaged in bad habits when they were younger that may have contributed to the couple’s inability to get pregnant.
Many men believe that until they decide they want to have kids, they don’t have to have kids. The pressure to do so isn’t there. But when that choice is taken away from them or they discover they cannot have kids and, moreover, that they may be the reason their partner is not getting pregnant, there can be a tremendous amount of guilt associated with it. Male factor infertility something with which a lot of men have trouble facing.
The main thing to remember is that when their wife is going through fertility evaluation or treatments, she is likely very frightened that she has developed an irreversible form of infertility.
The assessment for male factor infertility is generally an easy and non-invasive way of checking half the equation. Everything done for his spouse will be a lot more invasive and intrusive.
It can still be quite overwhelming for men to go through the fertility testing and treatment process.
As a partner, it is the one’s duty to provide support and remind each other that all of the testing for both partners is necessary to uncover any potential issues.
Dr. Sandeep Mistry completed his residency in urologic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Mistry is a urologist that specializes in treating patients going through infertility treatments and has been in active practice for more than ten years in Austin, TX. In addition, he treats a number of men for hormone deficiency which has led him to create an approach to treat male patients more holistically, looking at their general health and welfare as it impacts fertility and not just their hormones and anatomy.
Phone: (512) 238-0762
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