Q: What advice would you give to any men struggling?
Use ice packs after the Micro-TESE procedure and seek support from a fertility counsellor if you feel you need it.”
What to do if you have male factor fertility issues
Male factor infertility can be an emotionally complex diagnosis, leading to feelings of guilt, shame, and emasculation. If you or your partner are dealing with male factor infertility, you are not alone, even though it might feel that way right now. That’s why we need to continue the conversation and shine a light on male factor infertility so that men feel more supported when receiving this devastating diagnosis.
If you think you may have male factor infertility, ask your doctor for a referral to a male fertility specialist (urologist) and request a diagnostic work-up so both partners are covered before beginning any treatment for infertility. Be your own advocate, push for additional testing, and don’t hesitate to seek fertility help if you feel you need it.”
Male infertility can be an emotionally complex diagnosis, leading to feelings of guilt, shame, and emasculation. But men are emotionally affected by infertility even when the diagnosis isn’t their own.
We asked Kristyn, Founder of The Fertility Tribe how her husband felt when they were going through fertility treatment. Their infertility struggles were down to an ovulation issue of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Kristyn said that although the ‘problem’ was hers, her husband still felt the full spectrum of infertility-related emotions, from the guilt of not being able to attend every fertility specialist consult, to the helplessness of not having to bear the brunt of the physical side-effects of fertility treatments.
She has that, “I got him involved in the fertility process in any way that I could, and when we started IVF, I had him handle all of the medication duties, from mixing IVF shots to administering injections. Having my husband play a more active role in our treatment helped us two-fold: I felt less like I was carrying the entire physical burden of IVF on my shoulders, and he felt more in control of the situation. It forced us to communicate more, made our relationship stronger, and in tackling infertility together as a team, set us up for success as parents of twins.”
This is a great piece of advice for anyone starting out on the IVF journey, work as a team and communicate to find out a way to support one another, avoiding the blame game.
To find out about Male Infertility causes, treatments and support on Laurel Fertility Care’s website, click here. Make sure you watch back our super informative Instagram Live with The Fertility Tribe and Laurel Fertility Care about ‘The Emotional Journey of Male Factor Infertility,’ click here to watch.