Male fertility declines with age, but age does not affect male fertility in quite the same way as female infertility, because sperm count and quality gradually decline as you age. Erectile dysfunction and other health conditions are more common in older men and can affect their fertility, but male infertility can also be caused by sexually transmitted diseases or infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Infertility affects up to 15% of couples and it is common for women to assume that infertility is their problem as pregnancy occurs in the female body, but infertility affects men and women equally and is linked to men as well as women. . One in 25 men experience male fertility and around 30% of all infertility cases are caused by a male factor and another 30% are the result of a female factor while the remaining 30-40% of infertility cases are a combination of male and female infertility or the exact cause is unclear.
It can be caused by a variety of circumstances in addition to difficulties with reproductive health. The human body is a complicated mechanism in which each function is closely linked to the next. For example, several studies have found that hypertension has a direct effect on sperm quantity, quality and motility. With increasing levels of environmental stress, as well as the use of dangerous foods and medications, researchers have observed an increase in blood pressure and a reduction in sperm health over time.
However, dealing with infertility can be a challenge for men. It’s like a headache for them. It is not easy for a man to find a way to share what is going on in his heart if he tends to struggle with infertility. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Pavan Devendra Bendale, Fertility Consultant at Nova IVF Pune, shared how women can support their partners with infertility. He revealed: “Men can feel and handle their emotions differently when it comes to infertility. They will silently struggle with guilt, shame, and sadness, feel less like a man, and may become frustrated. Coming to terms with infertility will be a difficult task for them.”
Suggesting that women will need to extend support and help their partners overcome the pain and sadness associated with infertility, Dr. Pavan Devendra Bendale stated that it is essential to give male partners the love and care they need. He listed some vital strategies that can help women cooperate and support their partners:
1. Be patient with your husband: Accepting the fact will be difficult for them. So, you need to be patient even when your husband gets angry, yells at you, or ignores you. Give him some time to get back to normal. Be cooperative and understanding instead of fighting with him.
2. Don’t be desperate to have a baby: Avoid telling your husband to go to the doctor all the time. Give him some time to relax. As a woman, you may be in a hurry to have a baby, but take it easy for a while. Don’t stand behind your husband. He may look strong, but he will be lonely and sad inside. Try not to pressure him for any procedure if he is not ready for it yet.
3. Be sensitive when discussing sperm donors: Sperm donor IVF is a good and viable option for conception in cases of male infertility. Before discussing this, make your partner feel loved, respect them, or ask for help from a counselor if necessary, and then start the procedure. Not being sensitive to him can make him feel incompetent.
4. Don’t be hard on your husband: It’s okay if he’s not honest about his feelings. Men generally don’t vent their emotions. Feelings can come out in the form of anger. Don’t argue with him and try to be kind.
5. Avoid discussing the issue of infertility with others: You may want to tell your family or friends about your suffering. But, that might not go down well with your husband. He will be uncomfortable and may not want to talk openly about problems. Think about him and his state of mind. Instead, observe his behavior and try to do things that can help him calm down. Relive the relationship by planning a date with him. Make sure nothing has changed. Join a support group with him that can be helpful to both of you.