Trouble talking : Author speaks about infertility from the male perspective
|CTVnews 05 Apr 2021 at 16:09|
TORONTO -- One in six couples in Canada experience infertility, according to government figures. Jon Waldman, author of Swimming Aimlessly, joined CTVs Your Morning to share his experience of infertility from the male perspective.
The Government of Canada says that four out of 10 times, infertility traces back to women, and three in 10 times the cause of infertility is in men. In 20 per cent of cases it is caused by both the male and the female, and in 10 per cent the cause is unknown.
Jon Waldman and his wifes cause of infertility was unknown. The couple tried several treatments such as acupuncture, fertility drugs, Intrauterine Insemination, and In Vitro Fertilization. After transferring medical clinics and trying to conceive for six years, the couple had their daughter.
Speaking from his own experience, Waldman says that although infertility is not an uncommon topic of conversation amongst women, its rarely discussed by men.
Most often men have trouble talking about conversations that are around your very personal life. Most conversations among men are very basic conversations like sports and entertainment and such, Waldman told CTVs Your Morning on Monday. When you start to open up, it really is troubling. It s really hard to begin with but as you go along, it gets a lot easier.
During his journey, he says that there werent many platforms or support groups for men, however hes now seeing more conversations about infertility on social media.