Myths & Facts About Male Fertility
It is very common, when dealing with male fertility problems, to believe the many old wives tales and myths that abound. Getting the facts, and understanding male fertility issues, can help you a great deal with your self confidence, your treatment options and more.
Myth: There Are No Male Fertility Issues
When a couple is trying to conceive and having trouble, most people assume that the problem must be with the woman. This is simply not true. About half of all fertility issues are a result of a male fertility problem. Male fertility is actually the exclusive cause of about 20% of fertility issues, according to the Journal of Urology, while it contributes to 30-40% of the cases, even if it's not the only factor.
Myth: We Just Need to Relax
Stress is definitely a factor in fertility issues, but it is not usually the only factor. While it is great to learn to cut down on the stress in your life, you should probably also go to your doctor to look into fertility issues. What a shame it would be if you actually have a treatable condition, and you spend two years simply trying to relax. You can do both things in tandem; go seek medical attention at the same time that you and your partner work to relax and to enjoy each other's company.
Myth: Low Sperm Count Is Unmanly
Your sperm count does not need to be tied to your manliness in any way. Your sperm issues may be caused by a number of genetic, environmental and other factors. They are not indicators of your sexual prowess or your masculinity. It is important to seek treatment and to find out if you have an issue. Don't let your ego get in the way of your ability to have children!
Myth: This Is My Fault
Just because you have fertility issues doesn't mean that you did anything to cause them. You may read that you can cause low sperm count by keeping a lap top on your lap too long, or by bike riding a lot. It is unlikely, however, that these issues, by themselves, caused your fertility problems. Try to educate yourself now about lifestyle, diet and environmental changes that you can make to help your fertility; however, don't blame yourself for your fertility issues.
Myth- Waiting It Out Will Make It Better
If you think that you are experiencing too much pressure to conceive now, and maybe it will be better if you wait a few years - don't! Fertility does change as you age. Usually, after you are 35, your fertility as a man starts to decrease. So, even if things are stressful now and you are considering postponing the process, this is not usually advisable.
Learn the facts about male fertility issues so that you can, hopefully, conceive a child. The more that you understand the difference between male fertility facts and myths, the more equipped you'll be to seek the help that you may need and to understand your situation.