Male fertility and its social myths

Male fertility and its social myths

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For a long time, male infertility has been considered a taboo subject and has been the subject of many myths. Today we know that infertility, understood as the inability to achieve pregnancy, affects 15 percent of couples and equally to men and women. Recent studies show that between 80 and 90 percent of cases, male infertility is due to a physical problem.

The doctor Alberto Pacheco, director of the IVI Andrology Laboratory, from Madrid, reveals to us, from his experience, what are the changes that are taking place little by little in our society with respect to male fertility.

Is the subject of male infertility still considered a taboo subject or is society changing?
Historically, infertility has always been considered a taboo subject, since couples who could not have children underwent fertility treatments half secretly because it was not well accepted socially. Right now that has changed. Men who want to have a child already take the initiative, tell their partner initially and, therefore, undergo assisted reproduction treatments and say it openly.

Is male fertility still linked to virility?
Associating male infertility with virility has been the biggest obstacle for this topic to stop being considered a taboo subject. Now everyone is more clear, because studies have revealed it, that having a greater or lesser virility has no relationship with the greater or lesser production of sperm.

Do women still check themselves before men when the couple fails to get pregnant?
Gynecological examination in women is more established than urological examination in men. For this reason, it is easier to detect a fertility problem in women than in men. It is more logical that women from the age of 30, when they begin to want to have offspring, can see through their annual gynecological check-ups if they have any problems at the ovarian or uterine level. In contrast, men do not go to the urologist, unless they have a problem with erectile dysfunction. Due to fertility problems they do not usually come.

When should a man attend a fertility consultation?
The man should attend a fertility consultation at the same time as the woman. The number of cases of female infertility is exactly equal to the number of cases of male infertility. The man should go to a fertility consultation when he wishes to have a pregnancy, after the 12 months that are established as normal to obtain a pregnancy, without having achieved it to undergo fertility tests.

What is a reversible vasectomy and for which men is it recommended?
Vasectomy is a very suitable sterilization technique for men who do not wish to have a long-term pregnancy. When we have children and we do not want to have more or when we simply do not want to have children, vasectomy is a surgical technique designed to cut the passage of sperm from the testicle to the ejaculate. The vas deferens are cut and these can be recanalized, sometimes, when the patient wishes to reverse their fertility.

Marisol New. Editor of our site

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