Man shamed by his own doctor for having no sperm
| Adam Eley, BBC – Craig Franklin was told by his GP that he had no sperm.
Male infertility is one of the most common reason for couples to seek fertility treatment.
But when Craig was told bluntly that he had no sperm, he felt alone and emasculated.
“The GP essentially said, ‘You’re producing no sperm, you won’t be able to have children. Out the door, away you go,'” the 39-year-old explains.
“There was no support whatsoever.”
The effects hit him hard and almost led to him breaking up with his partner Katie.
“I was very angry for a long time. I went mad with money,” he tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“My performance at work deteriorated quite significantly to the point that I lost my job late last year.”
“It broke my heart. I saw a man break, basically,” says Katie. “He didn’t feel like a man, and that’s so unfair.”
Leading fertility expert Prof Sheena Lewis – chairwoman of the British Andrology Society that aims to improve care in men’s reproductive health – says the lack of focus on male infertility within the health system is an “urgent” problem.
“Men are not being looked after properly, not diagnosed, and not cared for,” she says.
The quality of men’s sperm in the Western world is in decline, but little is known about how to improve it – and there are few treatments available on the NHS.
This has led to an “absurd” case, says Prof Lewis, where women routinely have to undergo IVF – even if there is nothing wrong with their own fertility.
“The woman actually acts as the therapy for the man’s problem [of poor sperm],” she says. Read more at BBC.
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