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For thousands of years, infertility was considered a female problem. The word “barren” sounds almost comical now but was a commonplace label a century ago. In The Cottage Physician, written at the end of the 19th century, a section entitled “Barrenness” lists possible causes, including “want of tone or strength in the system” and “nervous debility.” Treatments included “cold bathing, general tonics or strengtheners to the system, electricity applied locally” as well as “abstinence from sexual indulgence for a time.” Fortunately, medicine has progressed considerably since then and the diagnosis and treatment of infertility have improved dramatically. But the misconception that it’s solely a female problem has persisted.

About 40 percent of infertility is due to a male factor. Unfortunately, many couples and even doctors neglect to evaluate the male partner – leading to unnecessary testing on the female as well as needless anxiety, cost, and delay in starting a family. So don’t forget to have a basic sperm analysis and even an extensive one before you waste more time then is necessary. I have seen plenty of women go through this process for years before getting these tests done and discovering it had nothing to do with them!

Source: Dr. Jon LaPook


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