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Washington Post Magazine: “For men, infertility often becomes a private heartache”

Causes of Infertility

When a couple comes in for a consultation at Shady Grove Fertility, after diagnostic testing and a complete medical history review, they are likely to be told one of four things that might be causing their troubles with conceiving:

  1. Female Infertility (for example: endometriosis, PCOS, advanced age)
  2. Male Factor Infertility
  3. A combination of Female and Male Factor Infertility
  4. Unexplained Infertility

Even though the causes of infertility are rather evenly split between the genders, there is no denying that the journey a woman and man go on once diagnosed with infertility is remarkably different.

Men & Infertility

Washington Post Magazine Cover Story - Infertility
Washington Post Magazine’s cover story focuses on the male journey through infertility.

This week’s Washington Post Magazine covers the male perspective of going through fertility treatment. The “brown paper bag” and helping their partners with injections. The moral support they need to provide while being pushed to the sidelines throughout treatment.

Whether the diagnosis is female or male factor infertility, there is no doubt that often times it feels like a woman’s health problem. But how do men cope with it all?

Shady Grove Fertility’s Sharon N. Covington, MSW, LCSW-C says, “Men have such tremendous pressure on them and they’re kind of conditioned to keep their feelings inside.” While few men seek counsel, “given the opportunity to talk, they really run with it.”

Read “For men, infertility often becomes a private heartache” and follow couples through their fertility journeys. From treatment failing to finally seeing a positive pregnancy test, get an inside look at infertility from a man’s perspective.

To learn more about fertility treatment or schedule an appointment, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons by calling 877-971-7755.


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