Male trouble conceiving

It might not seem like it when you’re climbing out of bed to attend a first birthday party for the third Sunday in a row, but infertility is actually quite common in New Zealand. One in six couples will experience some form of infertility during their relationship - that’s at least two guys from your football team or about five people from your high school maths class.

But it’s not really something you talk about with your mates is it? So much of how society rates you as a man is wrapped up in ideas of virility. Advertising bombards you with images of men as all conquering players … on horses. So what do you do when it’s not working and your partner isn’t getting pregnant - despite your best efforts?

The first thing to remember is that you’re not alone. As we said above, infertility is experienced by one in six couples and the cause is just as likely to be complications with the man as it is to be the woman. In fact, four in 10 infertility issues are male related.

On your side of things, the main causes of fertility problems in men are:

The reasons behind these three causes are usually fairly easy to work out and your Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist can conduct some simple tests to find out why.

You might also find it interesting to read journalist Steve Dow’s article on male age-related infertility called Time’s up, mate.


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