The Issue of Infertility in Men

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The feeling of infertility can be a difficult one for men to grapple with, especially in societies that focus on a heteronormative narrative of what it means to create a family. Unfortunately, many men conceive of their worth as a man in part due to their ability to physically pass down their genes to a next generation. It is for this reason that infertility amongst couples can be particularly hard for men to come to terms with.

The biological cause of male infertility may be due to low sperm count, low motility, or the presence of sperm antibodies, amongst others. In this regard, it is especially easier for men to understand the cause of the infertility upon their diagnosis, as there is a straightforward biological explanation that can be used. On the other hand, there is also an emotional component that often accompanies infertility in men which can take some time to understand, process, and cope with.

Often, the feeling of worthlessness that can come with not being able to produce an offspring can be especially difficult to handle. Particularly in traditional societies where the emphasis on familial pressure is particularly pronounced can be especially difficult and emotionally draining. Additionally, the external forces imposed by people around them, and a perceived idea that they have failed in some way as a man can lead to feelings of guilt and anxiety.

Therefore, in order to deal with the emotional rollercoaster of infertility, it is important for men to seek psychological advice, either from a psychologist or a counsellor. It helps to speak to someone about these issues, and vent about the way infertility can make them feel. This will also help to normalize their experience, and open avenues of possible treatment that may be available to them.

The idea of infertility can be difficult both psychologically and physically for men to come to terms with. It is important to note that counselors and support groups are available to assist in processing the emotional aspect, and that the proper steps should be taken to determine the cause of the infertility. By confronting their fears, and fears surrounding the perception of being ‘less of a man’ due to infertility, men can come to terms with their condition and be better emotional and physically prepared to further address the problem.


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