Medical doctor and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Isaac Newman Arthur, has asserted that infertility in men is possibly easily treatable than it is in women.
He mentioned, while discussing ‘Childlessness In marriage’ with host, Nana Yaw Odame in an interview on the Men’s Lounge show which airs on eTV Ghana that most times when there is the problem of infertility, it is assumed that the woman is the cause, hence men are hardly ever open to taking tests.
This is usually because of the complications that come with women and their reproductive organ, however, this is not always the case as it could also be a problem with the quality of the man’s sperm or the quantity of sperm produced, among other reasons.
“The kind of representation about men in societies makes the treatment of infertility issues amongst couples very difficult because a lot of men lose their confidence, their self-importance and identity, feel worthless and feel everything that is outside of being a man when that diagnosis is put on them.
It is not easy for men so if you talk to any medical professional, they will tell you that most of the time when there’s infertility, the women will take every kind of test and sometimes it is four or five times after they’ve done that and there’s still no child coming, then the men show up”, he said.
Dr. Newman Arthur advised that men should be open to taking tests to confirm their fertility because even if it turns out that they are the ones with the problem and not the women, “it may be easier to treat infertility in men even than in women”.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye