I received a comment which mentioned society's tendency to "place the blame" for fertility issues entirely upon women. I treat couples struggling with infertility every day, and I want to reiterate that infertility is an issue that affects both the husband and the wife in the relationship. Whether it is the male, female, or both partner(S) who are experiencing trouble conceiving, together, they must tackle the many challenges associated with fertility treatment. The term "blame" can sound inflammatory when used in reference to a condition that is no one's "fault", such as infertility. Certainly, when the couple becomes pregnant, it is both the mother and father who experience happiness and joy surrounding new parenthood. To further elucidate this matter, I have reposted an article that I put on here a few months back. The New York Times article discusses men and their fertility clock, which has commonly been thought of as a "female concern".
From the New York Times,
February 27, 2007
It Seems the Fertility Clock Ticks for Men, Too
By RONI RABIN
When it comes to fertility and the prospect of having normal babies, it has always been assumed that men have no biological clock — that unlike women, they can have it all, at any age.
But mounting evidence is raising questions about that assumption, suggesting that as men get older, they face an increased risk of fathering children with abnormalities. Several recent studies are starting to persuade many doctors that men should not be too cavalier about postponing marriage and children.
Until now, the problems known to occur more often with advanced paternal age were so rare they received scant public attention. The newer studies were alarming because they found higher rates of more common conditions — including autism and schizophrenia — in offspring born to men in their middle and late 40s. A number of studies also suggest that male fertility may diminish with age.
“Obviously there is a difference between men and women; women simply can’t have children after a certain age,” said Dr. Harry Fisch, director of the Male Reproductive Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the author of “The Male Biological Clock.”
“But not every man can be guaranteed that everything’s going to be fine,” Dr. Fisch said. “Fertility will drop for some men, others will maintain their fertility but not to the same degree, and there is an increased risk of genetic abnormalities.”
It’s a touchy subject. “Advanced maternal age” is formally defined: women who are 35 or older when they deliver their baby may have “A.M.A.” stamped on their medical files to call attention to the higher risks they face. But the concept of “advanced paternal age” is murky. Many experts are skeptical about the latest findings, and doctors appear to be in no rush to set age guidelines or safety perimeters for would-be fathers, content instead to issue vague sooner-rather-than-later warnings.
Article continues, for the full article, please see the link below (subscription may be required):http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/health/27sper.html?_r=1&ref=science&oref=slogin