It seems there’s always a lot of misinformation swirling around with the stuff that’s true. One of the biggest when it comes to infertility is the idea that this is a woman’s problem.
What is true is that infertility affects both men and women, in a couple relationship or not. Within a couple relationship, infertility can be a male factor issue up to 40% of the time. (Even if male factor fertility is not identified as a reason that conception is not occurring, there are choices that the male partner can make to positively affect the outcome of fertility treatment.)
That’s almost half of the time.
It’s a lot.
Male Fertility & Masculinity
Yet until very recently, we rarely heard about male fertility, even in a highly visible place like the media. The very public showdown between Nick Loeb and Sofia Vergera brought the male partner’s concerns and rights about the embryos to the forefront but wasn’t specifically about male factor infertility.
Is this something we just don’t talk about? Is it emasculating to consider that a pregnancy is not occurring because there is a problem with a man’s sperm?
It’s a reasonable thing to consider.
We know that women feel this way about infertility and sub-fertility. We know that it strikes at the very core of who we are as women. Not all women, not all the time. Still, it’s very typical for women who are experiencing the anxiety of not being able to conceive to feel damaged, broken, less than.
It’s not a heartwarming feeling. In fact, it’s a feeling that can hold us back, prevent us from seeking the medical advice and help that we need. Infertility is a medical problem, like many other problems and has many treatment options with great rates of success.
It seems reasonable that men feel the same shame, heartache and anxiety around infertility that women do. It seems even more reasonable that those feelings are more intense when the fear is it’s the male partners “fault”.
Male Infertility Myths
In an article co-written recently by Dr. Shaun Williams and Carolyn Gundell, MS (from Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut RMACT), many other myths were dispelled as well. One type of truth that Dr. Williams and Ms. Gundell shared was how much impact lifestyle choices have on the male cell, sperm. (Lifestyle choices can also make a positive impact on women.)
You may be very surprised by the choices that you can make that can positively affect your fertility. And RMACT is here to help with a brand new seminar.
Fertility & Lifestyle Seminar for Men
Our first of this kind, discussion and presentation will include:
- Basics of sperm and male fertility
- Nutrition choices
- Lifestyle behaviors
- Environmental factors
A winning combination of Dr. Shaun Williams and RMACT nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS to talk to you and with you. To dispel myths and share the truth. This seminar is just for men. All about men and just for men.
And on a Saturday, so no having to rush after work or leave early or take a day off.
Fertile Yoga for Women
If there is a woman in your life, bring her (ok, ask her to come). At the same time that you are in the seminar with Dr. Williams and Ms. Gundell, Fertile Yoga will be offered. A gentle, restorative style of yoga with guided meditation and an emphasis on fertility. Fertile Yoga is regularly offered three times a week, but rarely on a Saturday. No experience is ever needed for class and every level of fitness (or perceived lack of fitness) is more than welcome. Fertile Yoga students regularly report feelings of relaxation and reduced stress which helps them during the fertility treatment process. Chances are, it can help you too. Come give it a try.