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Infertility - Not just a female problem!

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Men are often shocked to discover that difficulties in having a baby are due to reproductive problems on the male side.

Problems with the number or quality of sperm produced stop many couples from becoming pregnant.

It is estimated that in Australia, male infertility affects about one in every 20 men.  Despite popular opinion that infertility is usually due to female (gynaecological) problems, in about one in five infertile couples, there are problems relating to the male.

Coping with male infertility can be very difficult. Men can become stressed, frustrated and feel that it is very unfair, particularly as in nearly half of cases, doctors can find no reason for poor sperm production.

Today many infertile men become the fathers of healthy children.  Some men, where the reason for their infertility can be explained and fixed, receive treatment and then conceive naturally.  Others use assisted reproductive technologies, donor sperm, adoption or foster parenting. 

Health information in this section describes the causes and treatment options for MALE INFERTILITY. Information is provided to assist men and their families to help them understand what is wrong with them, to make couples aware of the available treatment options, and to make it easier for men to discuss their condition and treatment with their doctor.

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as medical advice. Always seek the services of a qualified medical practitioner if you are concerned about your health. See Disclaimer

  Last updated Friday, 4 February 2011    
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