OK Men, this one’s for you
This is a very emotional and stressful time for you both. There is no right or wrong way to feel. Discuss openly how you are both feeling and recognize there are going to be differences. Find out what you both need during this time and help to meet those needs. Counselling can make a big difference here so that you can both express yourselves and have someone to help sift through it all. You can be the one to suggest that the two of you see someone.
Make your swimmers stronger
Even if you haven’t started any infertility treatment there are things you can do to help improve your sperm quality. By showing that you are actively involved to improve your chances of conception, your partner will feel less alone during the process. Some things that may reduce sperm number or quality include:
- Drugs (even just marijuana)
- Environmental toxins like pesticides and chemicals
An increasing amount of research is showing that high amounts of stress get in the way of successful conception. One study in particular found that women with the highest amount of stress, produced 20% fewer follicles. So, as her partner you can help to reduce stress by helping to figure out her triggers, minimize them and work on coping strategies together. This can be simple things like making dinner a few nights a week (without being asked), taking care of the dishes, or planning a weekend or evening away. Ask her what would make the difference for her.
Fertility awareness tracking
Some partners get very involved in helping to track the woman’s cycle. They are helpful to remind her to take her temperature and pack the thermometer if going away for the weekend. They also help look at the charts after a cycle or two to help her figure out what’s going on. Again, this isn’t her problem, it’s yours too. Be involved in the process.
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