“It tears every part of your life away”: the truth about male infertility

This article was published by The Guardian in November 2017. The article is written by  and it provides a significant insight in the thoughts and troubles, that many couples suffering with infertility are struggling with. Especially, the article focuses on the fact, that most practical and emotional support are aimed at women:

My first thought was, ‘Oh, it’s my fault, James says, quietly. He stares at the coffee table through his thick-framed glasses. “I felt helpless. No one was talking about this stuff. You’d go online and there was no male conversation. I’d Google ‘problems having a baby’ or ‘fertility issues’, and the websites that came up were all pink. I’d post in a forum and women would respond on behalf of their husbands. There was nothing for men.” [https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/18/tears-every-part-life-truth-male-infertility-ivf?CMP=fb_gu]

As we at European Sperm Bank previously have written about, sperm counts among western men have halved in the last 40 years according to a recently published study.

Jenny Kleeman adds in the article: “Until recently, the focus of both fertility experts and research scientists has been overwhelmingly on women’s bodies, while male reproductive health has been almost ignored. For decades, the average age of both fathers and mothers has been increasing, but it’s women who have felt the pressure of balancing the need to invest in their careers with the so-called “timebomb” of their own declining fertility. They have been encouraged to put family first and to change their lifestyles if they want to become mothers, at the same time as male fertility appears to have fallen off a cliff.” [https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/18/tears-every-part-life-truth-male-infertility-ivf?CMP=fb_gu]

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