Many people think of infertility as a problem primarily affecting women but that’s not actually the case. Infertility issues are pretty evenly divided between male and female partners, with about one third of cases due to female infertility and about one third of cases due to male infertility issues (the remaining third are due to both partners or because of unknown causes). A low sperm count is the most common cause of male infertility, which has no obvious symptom. That’s why when a couple is experiencing trouble conceiving, it is important that both partners are examined for potential issues.
There are numerous physical, environmental, and lifestyle factors which can cause a man to have a low sperm count. Your fertility doctor can help you look for these potential problem areas and offer solutions to help increase your sperm count and boost your chances of conceiving naturally. Changes could include altering your diet, losing weight, and possibly changing your medications. Many men find counseling to be helpful when dealing with infertility, too, as it helps them stay connected to their partner and deal with any emotional issues that arise.
Another thing that is helpful for many men is to discuss alternative options for becoming a parent with their partner. Talk to each other about what you would want to do if you cannot conceive naturally. What are your emotional, physical, and financial limits when it comes to becoming parents? Many couples who have trouble conceiving consider in vitro fertilization (IVF), but this is certainly not the only option available to you. Look into IVF alternatives like embryo adoption, which offers parents the chance to experience the joys of pregnancy and the miracle of birth with their adopted child. Fertility issues don’t mean the end of your opportunity to become a father. If you would like to learn more about embryo adoption, visit www.embryoadoption.org.
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