A man's view of infertility

27th July 2012 in Advice

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We’ve recently added a new guide to our patient area aimed at men. Why? Because when dealing with infertility it’s all too easy to give sympathy and understanding to a woman, but men are often sidelined and as such they often don’t know what’s going to happen, why there’s a problem and what can be done about it.

Many men just assume that they’ll be able to have a baby when they want to, but sadly around a third of cases we treat are attributable to male infertility and so when a man finds out there’s a problem, it can come as a huge shock.

Our Guide for Men explains the different forms of infertility treatment, what happens and why it’s needed. It talks about the different reasons why a man may need help to have a child, and the feelings they may have if they are the cause of the infertility.

This is especially important. Our counsellors are very experienced in helping many couples through the ups and downs of infertility treatment and it’s not unusual for a man to feel guilty for not being able to give his partner a child, and for having to ‘put her through’ infertility treatment.

And so our guide is an informal starting point for any man who needs infertility treatment or whose partner is going through treatment. It’s designed to put your mind at rest - that most male fertility problems – from common sperm disorders to extreme cases which require surgery – can be overcome with the right treatment. Here at Manchester Fertility our specialised team has particular expertise in treating all forms of male infertility, using pioneering techniques such as sperm extraction.

We know that it’s hard to know where to turn when you get diagnosed, or even if you’ve been trying for a baby and think there’s a problem. If you find yourself in this situation our guide is a useful, confidential and private way to get information, which should help you to understand more about what treatment is available to help you.

Don’t forget you can also ask any question to our experts through our online Q&A. All answers are posted online so you can ask anything – no matter how strange you think it is - in confidence. We’re here to help you at every stage of your infertility journey.

Last updated: 20th January 2020