Advice for Coping with Male Infertility

Coping with male infertility is physically and emotionally challenging

Dealing with infertility can be difficult, especially if the medical reasons are unknown.  However, there are coping mechanisms that can help.  Here are some suggestions:

Talk

Men, talk with your wives.  Tell them how you’re really feeling.  How your ego is crushed, and how you feel bad.  She won’t laugh.  I promise.  And women, talk to your husbands.  Tell them you know just how they feel.  Use a lot of sports references like “team” and “rebuilding year.”  They’ll love that – and maybe they will think all those hormones you took gave you some creepy psychic ability. – Greg Wolfe, Fathers Day Can Be a Painful Reminder to the ‘Spermally Challenged’

Exercise

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. – WebMD

Cry

Not always a favorite of men, but crying is healing, and may leave you in a more relaxed state. We don’t let ourselves cry enough. – Attain Fertility

See a counselor

It is normal to experience a wide variety of emotions in the process of pursuing infertility treatment. However, if your experience symptoms [such as depression, difficulty concentrating, high levels of anxiety, change in appetite or weight, social isolation, etc.] over a prolonged period of time, you could benefit greatly from spending time with a mental health professional.American Pregnancy Association