How To Cope With Male Infertility

Whenever we talk about infertility, we tend to talk about females. However, men account for up to 30% of cases of infertility, and that’s just what is reported. Male infertility is a serious issue, and if you are suffering from it and want a family, it can be very hard to cope.  You have feelings like you are less of a man, and that you are failing as a partner. You need to understand that is not the case, and there is help out there for you. Here are some tips for coping with male infertility. 

Take Time To Process

In general, it’s unfortunate that too many men aren’t able to express their feelings. They suffer in silence while on the outside everything might seem fine. However, the first step of dealing with male infertility is accepting that you are hurting, and taking time to process that emotion. You should talk about how you are feeling with your partner. However, if you’re not comfortable with that, you should consult a therapist, or a counselor. There are even support groups out there for men who are struggling with infertility. Keeping it a secret will only make things worse, so accepting your feelings and talking about them can help. 

Research

Do some research into your condition. It may be that you don’t even have infertility. It could be something else. Consult a doctor, and then get a second opinion. Get yourself tested and find out for sure. If you are infertile, then you can take steps to fix it. If not, then you need to get to the bottom of the underlying condition. Knowledge is power, and you should arm yourself with as much info as possible. 

Talk About Your Options

It’s important to talk about your options with your partner. What procedures are you willing to undergo? Perhaps you can use donor sperm, adoption, or IVF. It would be good to talk about your budget and how much money you are willing to spend as well. The last thing you want is to bring a child into the world only to be left financially struggling. Create an order to your options. If you try one thing, what will you try next? Having a plan to move forward can be a vital way to keep from getting too deep into depression.

Cut Down On Stress

One of the biggest results of infertility other than the condition itself is stress. Constantly thinking about having a child can be enough to make someone want to pull their hair out. Unfortunately, stress can have physical symptoms, and can make your infertility worse. You may not be able to treat the underlying cause, but you can work on the symptoms. Take up yoga or meditation, for example or just breathing exercises that will calm you down. There is no point feeling anxious and exacerbating the issue. 

Exercise

It’s always a good idea to be physically fit, but even more so when you are suffering from infertility. Obesity has been linked to infertility, so you should do whatever you can to lose or maintain your weight. Walking or biking just as little as 5 hours a week should be enough for your body to maintain your weight. However, if you want to lose pounds, you should exercise more. 

Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet is a cure for many diseases. While it’s not a cure for infertility, it definitely helps. Along with preventing obesity, it also improves sperm motility. The key is to eat more greens, fruits, legumes, and other vegetables, and less meat. Giving your body the healthy nutrients it needs will allow it to function better and reduce stress. 

Eliminate Certain Behaviors

Eliminating certain behaviors can also help. These are habits that have a negative impact on your overall health and affect your fertility. They include smoking and drinking, for example. However, they can also include things that aren’t tangible. They are thinking about self-harm, harming others, or becoming verbally or physically abusive towards your partner or other people. We mentioned seeing a therapist, and any of these thoughts or behaviors are clear signs that you should be seeking professional help. 

Relax

You need to get good sleep and relax. Take a nap, get a massage, or relax in a sauna. Getting a good sleep at night is also very important. Being tired only makes stress worse, so get your rest where you can get it. Much like eating right, rest and sleep allow the body to function more effectively. 


 

Dealing with infertility can be devastating for men. However, it’s important to remember that you are no less a man because of it. As a man, it can be hard to share your emotions and to be in pain. Hopefully with these tips you will learn to cope with infertility and maybe have a child after all of your efforts.