Infertility is a common problem that affects one out of every ten couples trying to conceive. Perhaps because of social stigma, infertility is rarely publicized or discussed, despite common occurrence. Recently, several celebrities have opened up on social media about their struggles in trying to conceive. Hopefully, these discussions will promote greater awareness of both the causes of infertility and the infertility treatments.
According the National Institute of Health (NIH), Infertility is defined clinically in women and men who cannot achieve pregnancy after one year of having intercourse without using birth control, and in women who have two or more failed pregnancies.
Infertility in Men Makes Up Half of the Infertility Cases
Historically, any discussion about infertility has focused on infertility in women. People are often surprised to learn that 50 percent of all cases of infertility involve infertility in men. Male infertility causes range from abnormalities in sperm count to hormone imbalances, and problems with ejaculation. In many cases, these male fertility issues can be treated either medically or surgically.
As a urologist who specializes in Men’s Reproductive Health, I can say that a diagnosis of infertility affects all aspects of a man’s life. Medically, a diagnosis of infertility can be worrisome because it may be an indicator of a potentially serious underlying medical condition. Psychologically, a diagnosis of infertility can lead to profound feelings of guilt, anger, and low self-esteem.
Infertility statistics clearly show that infertility is a couple’s problem, and must be faced as a team.
If you have concerns about your or your partner’s fertility potential or need more information about fertility treatment options available at the Emory Reproductive Center, call 404-778-4898 to schedule or visit the Emory Reproductive Center webpage.
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About Dr. Mehta
Akanksha Mehta, MD, is an associate professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Mehta’s clinical interests lie in the area of male reproductive and sexual medicine, and microsurgery. She currently serves at the Director of Male Reproductive Health at Emory Urology, and is a Guest Researcher in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Mehta’s research interests lie in studying the impact of male factor infertility on clinical outcomes following the use of assisted reproductive technologies, as well as the recovery of sexual function among prostate cancer survivors. She is the recipient of research awards from the Urology Care Foundation and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, for her work.
Dr. Mehta currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, and is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and urology residents. She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in Urology, and has presented at both regional and national meetings.