Infertility Fact: Infertility is not always “a woman’s problem.” In about 35% of couples with infertility, a male factor is identified. In about 8% of couples, a male factor is the only identifiable cause (CDC).
Infertility Awareness: Male infertility often involves issues with sperm production, such as low or absent sperm count, problems with sperm motility, or abnormally-shaped sperm. Structural issues such as blockages may also occur within the man’s reproductive tract. Male infertility has many causes, ranging from varicoceles (large veins), medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hormonal disorders, genetic disorders, infections, and environmental factors. Sometimes no cause can be determined, and treatment is not always possible.
Action: Resist making assumptions about a couple’s infertility situation, and avoid questions such as “which one of you has the problem?” Regardless of the cause, infertility is always a shared experience within a couple’s marriage. Unity and a sense of purpose are essential for couples enduring the cross of infertility, so instead, affirm the goodness and beauty of the couple’s marriage as it exists right now and pray for strengthening of their bond. Encourage the couple to draw strength from the Lord, who brought them together according to His perfect plan.