When we hear about infertility, all too often the focus is on women whether it’s stories about women leaving it too late, being desperate for babies or wanting to have it all- but amongst the media cliches it’s important not to forget, especially on Father’s Day, that men find infertility difficult too.
We hear far less about the way that men feel about infertility, and it is certainly true that some men do find it harder to talk about their fertility problems than their female counterparts. However, the stigma of infertility can be just as tough for either sex – and many men want to be fathers just as much as their partners want to be mothers. There’s some fascinating research by Robin Hadley from Keele University which found that men were just as broody as women, and that involuntary childlessness was more likely to make men feel depressed and angry than women.
There was an interesting article in the Washington Post recently about the male experience of infertility. A number of men talked very frankly and honestly about the difficulties they have encountered, and it’s well worth a read.