The infertility is almost always considered a female problem. Indeed, it is the woman’s body that carries or does not carry the future baby, and it is always the woman’s body that will provide the solution, as in the case of in vitro fertilization, it does not matter. whether it is the man or the woman who suffers from infertility. Yet up to 50% of cases where couples cannot have children are somehow related to men, reveals the Time.
One of the most common causes is thevaricocele. This is a dilation of the veins in the scrotum that causes the temperature of the testicles to rise. The sperm are then less efficient. Some drugs, including steroids and hair loss medications, are also known to affect fertility in men, as are obesity and other medical problems. Recent research suggests that age is another factor to take into account, as the sperm quality decreases over time.
Shame and guilt
But in many cases, the cause of infertility remains unknown. Genetics, environment, diet … many factors can contribute. According to a 2017 study published by the journal Human Reproduction Update, the sperm have declined by more than 50% in less than 40 years in Western men. Despite this increase, the main stakeholders are struggling to address the issue of infertility.
The guilt towards their partner, the shame to fail to achieve the fundamental feat of reproduction and isolation have a very negative impact on the quality of life and self-esteem of these people. The infertile men feel depressed, alone and anxious, even suicidal, and do not dare to ask for help.
They find it difficult to confide in their peers, who often already have children, and the concept of manly masculinity can be an added shame. Compared to women, they benefit from very few support groups or communities who to turn to. However, concludes the Time, online groups look very promising as they normalize an isolation experience. Is it time to think about solutions?