Men Are Not 'In The Know' About Fertility
- New, Free Resource In The Know: What No One Tells You About Male Fertility Now Available for the 7.3 Million Americans Who Experience Infertility
The survey highlighted men's concerns and uncovered their misconceptions about fertility health; key findings include:
- 28% of the men surveyed reported feeling embarrassed when dealing with fertility issues and 39% reported feeling sad or depressed.(1)
- Nearly half (45%) of the men surveyed would wait more than a year to seek medical attention after struggling to conceive with their partner, although most of the men surveyed (84%) agreed that infertility is a significant medical condition and 69% think that it is very common.
"This survey found that there is a significant need to provide men with additional information on ways to educate themselves about infertility," said
In The Know: What No One Tells You About Male Fertility provides an overview of male infertility, including biological and lifestyle factors, tips on dealing with stress, ways to communicate with your partner or spouse, and a checklist of questions to ask your healthcare provider and insurance company. Patients and healthcare providers can receive a free copy of the booklet by registering at Fertility LifeLines(TM) by visiting www.FertilityLifeLines.com/intheknow.
"Through years of experience, I have found it challenging for male patients and their partners to understand and address the cause of their infertility," said Dr. Honig. "The In The Know booklet discusses the importance of evaluating the male, explains the medical, lifestyle and environmental factors that can cause male infertility and the options that may be available for treatment. In addition to providing men and women important questions to ask healthcare providers about the specific conditions causing male infertility, this booklet will serve as a foundational resource for men and couples struggling to conceive."
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse, or six months if the woman is over 35 years of age. It affects approximately 7.3 million Americans, or about 1 in 8 couples, with male factor issues involved in about half of all cases.(2) A small percentage of men that present with male infertility may have a significant medical condition such as cancer.(3)
"EMD Serono is committed to raising awareness of infertility by creating reliable patient awareness programs for women and men," said
Patients can receive a free copy of the booklet by registering at Fertility LifeLines(TM) by visiting www.FertilityLifeLines.com/intheknow or calling the toll-free hotline at 1-866-LETS-TRY (1-866-538-7879). Current Fertility LifeLines(TM) members and healthcare providers can order free copies by calling the hotline.
204 men answered a survey about their experience with fertility concerns over an approximately four-week time period from
Fertility LifeLines(TM) is a free patient resource provided by EMD Serono. Fertility LifeLines(TM) is available via the Web at www.FertilityLifeLines.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-LETS-TRY (1-866-538-7879). It is staffed with highly trained customer service representatives, infertility nurses, and benefits specialists ready to assist callers with general infertility information, insurance assistance, local fertility specialist referral, EMD Serono product support, and emotional support through compassionate listening to help put the patient journey into perspective and provide information about additional support and resources.
Men's Health Network
Men's Health Network is a nonprofit organization of which the mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy and patient navigation.
The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction
The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction's purpose is to encourage the study, to elevate the practice and to improve the quality of care of the subfertile male through its members' abilities to identify existing and emerging issues in the field. For additional information, please visit www.ssmr.org.
About EMD Serono, Inc.
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(1) 204 men answered a survey about their experience with fertility concerns over an approximately four-week time period from
(2) RESOLVE. (2008). Fast Facts about Infertility. Retrieved
(3) Walsh, T. J., Croughan, M. et al. (2009). Increased risk of testicular germ cell cancer among infertile men. Arch Intern Med, 169(4): 351-356.
SOURCE EMD Serono, Inc.