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Fertility Specialists Decry Men's Reluctance to Seek Infertility Treatment
Date:5/30/2008

Most patients assume infertility is female issue, though almost half infertility cases due to male factors or a combination of male and female

factors

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Among couples who struggle to achieve pregnancy, the majority assume it is a female condition, according to an informal web survey conducted by IntegraMed, the leading operator of fertility centers in the United States. When asked which member of the couple sought initial medical treatment for infertility, 67 percent said it was the female partner, although the male is responsible for 30 to 40 percent of infertility cases, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Nearly half of the 300 survey respondents said it was only after constant pressure that their husbands were willing to seek medical consultation, and 42 percent said their husbands simply were not comfortable talking to a doctor about their possible infertility, taking the position that they were "not meant to have children."

Male infertility affects approximately one in twenty men in the United States, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Why the apprehension to confront male infertility? Men's reluctance to seek infertility treatment is a challenge to fertility experts in the IntegraMed network, who suggest some men associate their sense of masculinity with the ability to conceive a child. Though cultural associations of masculinity and fertility are slowly changing, men's resistance to address the issue can hinder both diagnosis and timely treatment.

While more men than ever before are seeking treatment for male-factor fertility problems, they still lag behind women in getting the diagnostics and treatment they need. IntegraMed specialists say it is common for the woman to undergo hormone, ovulatory function, and fallopian tube tests months before her husband has even had a simple semen analysis -- despi
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