Women suffer needless IVF because clinics ignore male infertility

Most fertility clinics are gynecology driven and approach assisted conception by treating the female partner. This non-scientific, not to mention, chauvinistic practice, results in women undergoing expensive, physically painful, emotionally grueling, and sometimes dangerous, in vitro fertilization (the process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the body) unnecessarily.

The investigation and treatment of male  infertility problems is often not done thoroughly enough, and sometimes not at all. Most IVF clinics don’t even employ a male infertility specialist, and continue to focus solely on women’s fertility issues, with little attention paid to men’s problems.

According to some of the UK’s top male health specialists, the infertility problems of the country’s men are going undiagnosed and untreated. Studies have indicated that in half of infertility cases male problems are partly responsible, and in 20-percent, it is purely a male infertility issue.  Around 50-percent of male infertility problems are treatable, but unfortunately this is commonly overlooked.  This medical myopia results in women undergoing unnecessary IVF procedures; with all the inherent costs and emotional distress they can cause, as well as the possibility of medical injury to the female partner.

An in vitro fertilization process that does not thoroughly investigate the possibility of male infertility poses an unnecessary, risk to a woman’s physical and emotional health and exposes the couple to unnecessary expense. Treating the cause of male infertility may also be cheaper, more successful, and less invasive, and can allow the couple to conceive naturally without having to go through IVF.  One would hesitate to conclude that fertility clinics are purposely ignoring the possibility of male infertility issues when proposing a course of painful, possible dangerous and certainly expensive IFV treatments; but fertility is big business, even in countries with socialized medicine. It would appear, that once again, women’s minds and bodies are perceived by some as just ambulatory profit centers. See full story below…

From: Mail Online

By Rachel Ellis

Last updated at 9:30 AM on 24th January 2012

When Mark Griffiths and his girlfriend Jeanette Parker still hadn’t conceived after a year of trying, they went to their GP.

He referred them to a gynaecologist and, after a series of scans and tests, it was suggested that Jeanette, 38, might have a blocked fallopian tube.

She underwent four minor procedures which cleared the blockage, at least partially.

Tests on Mark also revealed that while his sperm count was reasonable, the volume of semen was small and the sperm itself ‘acidic’.

However, the gynaecologist dismissed this as nothing serious.

‘He made a joke about making sure you hit the pot and nothing more was said about it,’ recalls Mark, 42, from Portsmouth.

It was only after Jeanette, a personal assistant, had undergone three unsuccessful IVF cycles — costing £15,000 — plus the removal of one of her two fallopian tubes, which had to be removed after an ectopic pregnancy, that doctors suggested that, in fact, the problem might be with Mark’s sperm.

He was referred to a specialist male fertility doctor who diagnosed a blocked ejaculatory duct. This was preventing the normal volume of semen being released.

The condition, which causes up to 5 per cent of cases of male infertility, may be triggered by a cyst or scarring due to prostate infections.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.