Listen up, Superman. We’d all like to think that we’re blessed with active and virile swimmers that can be trusted upon when it’s time to fertilize that lucky egg. While that’s obviously true for some of us (here’s looking at you, Antonio Cromartie) others of us are not so fortunate. Of course there are two people involved in conceiving a new baby, and everybody that has struggled with fertility asks the same question: is it me?
Many people assume that the problem lies with the woman. For women, that’s just part of their nature. For men, the female reproductive system is similar to the engine in a finely-tuned sports car: it’s fun and remarkable, but also very complicated and we can understand how something could go wrong.
The fact is that male infertility issues are just as likely as female infertility issues (sorry guys). Fertility rates have been studied by a lot of smart people over the years. Here is a breakdown of the numbers:
15% of couples are “infertile”
Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after 12 months of frequent, unprotected intercourse. If this is you, you certainly are not alone. There are approximately 7.3 million couples in the United States. If the infertile couples in the U.S. wanted to hold a rally in the Rose Bowl, they would need about 140 Rose Bowls to hold everybody.
40% of infertility cases are attributed to the female partner
Yes, stuff can go wrong. The female ovulation cycle is based on timing and biological synergy. There are many websites, books, pamphlets, etc. that are dedicated to female fertility where you can learn all about things like ovaries, fallopian tubes, and hormones. This site is dedicated to the fellas, so let’s move on.
40% of infertility cases are attributed to the male partner
They also say that 40% of Americans don’t vote. Is there a correlation? Possibly. Do your civic duty. But also get checked if you and your partner are struggling to get pregnant. If you take anything away from this site, we hope it’s that (1) this is a common problem, and (2) there is something you can do about it. Let’s boost those sperm counts! (And rock the vote!)
20% of infertility cases are due to the combination of the female and male partners, or are unexplained.
“She’s perfect,” you told yourself when you first laid eyes on her. Unfortunately, sometimes nature sees things differently. While you two may be completely compatible when it comes to things like dating, marriage, housework, and grocery shopping, your baby-making parts may not agree. Sometimes one partner has an allergy to the other. Sometimes the female’s immune system attacks the sperm. Sometimes things just don’t work. It’s ok, there are things that you can do.