Male Infertility: Is the Problem Actually Yours?

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_iStock_000016341734SmallSo often society thinks of infertility as a woman’s problem. Oh, you can’t get pregnant? Well, that’s her fault. Because the woman is the one who carries the child, the focus is usually on her inability or treating her condition.

But what if it’s not her?

What if it’s him? What if it’s you?

Male infertility actually accounts for at least a third of human infertility, and somehow plays a role in the infertility around half the time. But if you do realize that you are infertile, there is no need to worry or panic. You are not any less of a man, and there are definitely treatments available.

What Causes Male Infertility?

There are a number of reasons that a man could be infertile. From injuries to certain lifestyle choices to hormone problems or an infection, the main causes have to do with low sperm production or abnormal function and delivery of the sperm. Some of the root causes can be solved and others can’t. Your doctor will be able to determine whether it is a problem producing sperm or in ejaculation and how this can be solved.

How Can My Infertility Be Treated?

Infertility treatment depends on what the root cause of the problem is. If you need surgery to repair your vas deferens, you don’t want to be on medication for an infection. However, some possible treatments include:

  • Hormone treatments
  • Medication or counseling to solve problems with the act of intercourse itself
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery

In many cases, you can also father a child through what is called assisted reproductive technology, or ART. ART is where the sperm from your body is obtained without the help of intercourse. This can include ejaculation or surgery. This sperm is then used to create a pregnancy, whether immediately in the female or through in vitro fertilization.

Sometimes infertility can’t be treated and you will simply never be able to father a biological child.

No matter what your case is, talk to your doctor about your options. Male infertility is not the end of the world, and your doctor can help you become a father.

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