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Men, Too: Infertility Is Not Just a Female Problem

by Mable Chan,  ABC News,  Mar 6, 2010
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Jay and Kelli Leiner were high school sweethearts, got married right after college and decided to start a family at age 26.

Men also can struggle with infertility when couples try to conceive.
"I was one of those little girls who had a baby doll clutched in her hands from the beginning. I've always known that I wanted to be a mother," Kelli Leiner said.

But both are now 31 and they've found the journey to parenthood to be long and painful.

"By the time we were 28 and we had no baby yet -- we never got pregnant and the friends that we had were already onto their second child -- we were wondering: What's wrong with us?" Jay Leiner said.

What they discovered surprised them: She didn't have a fertility problem. He did.

Infertility, which affects an estimated 15 percent of all couples in the United States, generally is seen as a woman's problem. However, men now are known to be partly responsible for almost 60 percent of all couples' infertility cases in this country, according to research by Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Mary Hinckley, a reproductive endocrinologist, said men generally are hesitant to take fertility tests because there's such a stigma associated with male infertility. Read more.


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