Male Infertility Myths
We've all been raised with certain misconceptions and myths about various topics. One of these topics is infertility. If you are experiencing fertility issues, it is certainly important to get the facts, and not to be caught up in fear and myths. Here, we examine a number of well known myths about male fertility, and we try to shed light on the truth to counter these myths.
Myth 1 - I can't be infertile. I'm the man.
While many people focus their attention on the woman's fertility, the fertility problems may actually be due, in many cases, to the man's fertility. About half of all fertility issues are actually due to a problem with the man's fertility. If you are experiencing fertility issues, both you and your partner need to be tested and examined. You are both trying to make a baby together - and you both need to seek assistance.
Myth 2 - All we need is a vacation and a little relaxation. Then we'll be able to conceive.
While it is true that stress can definitely be a factor in infertility, it's not usually the sole factor. Nor does a vacation necessarily alleviate the stress for good. Most of us can't just run away form our stressors - we have to learn how to deal with them. If you suspect, after a year of trying or more, that you have fertility issues, then it's time to see a doctor. While you might have stressors that are contributing to your infertility, you may have other problems as well. Seek the help that you need so that you won't be in the dark, and even more stressed about your fertility!
Myth 3 - This is my fault. I've been riding bikes for years and wearing tight underwear.
While bike riding and wearing briefs can contribute to low sperm count and other sperm issues, it is unlikely that these factors caused the infertility. It is a good idea to start to wear boxer shorts now that you are aware of the potential issue, and you should discuss your bike riding with your doctor. However, beating yourself up or blaming yourself for an issue that exists is not helpful.
Myth 4 - I guess we have to live with the fact that we'll never have kids since I've been told I have a low sperm count.
Sometimes, low sperm count will actually indicate other, treatable problems. You might have a blockage or another treatable condition. The doctor will recommend lifestyle changes including quitting smoking, exercising, eating right, staying out of hot tubs and more. While you have low sperm count, you may just need fertility advice and assistance from a specialist in order to conceive.
Myth 5 - This is all too stressful. Since my fertility won't change with age, I think we'll just take a break and try again in a few years.
Fertility does age as you do. After the age of 35, male fertility starts to decline. While the decline is gradual, it can speed up if there is an infection or other issue. If you want to have children soon, it is not recommended for you to wait and hope that your issues will simply pass.
Hopefully, these truths will help you to become more educated about fertility issues and about male infertility. Seek the help that you need if you suspect that you have fertility issues, or if you already know that you do. A specialist can help you a great deal to conceive that child you've been dreaming of.