Nearly half of men who are struggling to father a child are reluctant to seek infertility treatment, new research suggests.
Researchers at US fertility operator IntegraMed found that social pressures and emotional discomfort often stand in the way of would-be dads seeking medical advice.
Nearly half of the 500 people polled by IntegraMed said that their husbands were only willing to visit a doctor after being constantly pressured into it.
Forty-two per cent of women also revealed that their husbands were so uncomfortable with the idea of discussing infertility with a doctor that they claimed they were simply not meant to have children.
Dr Samuel Pang, medical director of the Reproductive Science Centre of New England, commented: "Some men are reluctant to seek infertility treatment because they associate their sense of masculinity with the ability to conceive a child.
"Unfortunately, their resistance to address the issue can hinder both diagnosis and timely treatment."
Male factors are responsible in nearly 30 per cent of infertility cases, but Dr Pang noted that giving up smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, and avoiding severe stress can all help.
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Infertility treatment news : 11/06/2008