The studies show that the problem of infertility affects ca 15-20% of couples in Poland. Despite the common access to information, there is still a common belief lingering on in the society, and in particular in its male part, that infertility is primarily the women’s problem.
Meanwhile the studies indicate that in 50% the causes of difficulties with conceiving can be attributable to the male partner. Based on the observations of the medical clinics in the world, in couples facing infertility the treatment is commenced most often only by the woman. Her partner does not want to acknowledge that he also can be infertile. Men affected by the disease have more difficulties in coping with the information about their infertility and tend to blame others for their imperfections. The news about the problem more often results in the decrease of their self-esteem, apathy, alienation, sometimes even aggression towards their family.
Couple’s infertility and infertility in men
According to the definition by the World Health Organisation (WHO), infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy by a non-contracepting couple in one year of regular sexual intercourse with average frequency of three to four intercourses per week. According to various sources, this infertility affects every fifth or sixth couple in the world and in Poland it affects ca. 15-20% of couples. The highest percentage of couples with infertility problem is observed in African and South-American countries.
Male infertility, like couple’s infertility, is characterised by a man’s inability to impregnate his female partner in one year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.
The studies indicate that in the recent several years in men the count of spermatozoa with normal motility and structure decreased significantly and the count of spermatozoa unable to fertilise the female egg increased. This is the result of many factors; the most common of them include: systemic diseases, testicular diseases, environmental factors, spermatozoon development disorders. Fortunately, there are many effective methods of treating male infertility.
However, before we start treatment, we should perform at least preliminary diagnostic tests – including CASA. Sperm DNA fragmentation test is also recommended. Learn more about diagnostic tests for me…