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Male Infertility - Men Talking 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415072892
ISBN-10: 0415072891
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'One of the few books to truly address the emotional and psychological implications of male sub/infertility'

`Everyone, specialist to patient will benefit from reading this highly readable and enlightening masterpiece. Don't just sit there - READ IT.' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415072891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415072892
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,825,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am fascinated by actual and perceived gender-atypical phenomena. There are men who have lupus and women who are colorblind, for example. Although many reports now say the man is equally likely to cause a couple's barenness as a woman, there's still a perception that women are to blame. In this book, the author speaks to infertile man.

This book will definitely make you sympathize for the group. From a scientific perspective, researchers are not as interested in male infertility as much as its female counterpart. Fertile men have said to them within earshot, "At least I'm not shooting blanks!" The book does mention instances of couple's divorcing due to the problem. One man said, "I'm masculine and hairy, how can I be infertile!?"

Still, I wish this was not reporting by the author; I would have prefered for each man, or couple, to have had a chapter all too themselves. The author is always giving her two cents and summarizing things that are obvious. I really think those readers with this difficulty would have related more to men just speaking about themselves without a journalist's filter.

This is a British book and I think things may be different in the US. First, I imagine that the British health system would pay for infertility treatments that stingy US medical companies would not. Several times men said, "I'd be ruled too old to adopt." In the US, with our large number of parent-less children, I highly doubt that would be a problem. These men seemed reluctant to have donor insemination and in the US, they keep things so private with donor substance that it would be easy for a couple to get help and just pretend it's the husband's child.

This book left two occurences out that I imagine are major.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Plumb on May 11, 2006
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This is such a tragic, moving story - hearing the voices of men discussing the almost undiscussable. But for me the most amazing aspect is their ability to cope - their ability to 'go with the flow' and get on with things. Of course, this book is a very tiny sample (and even the author recognises that the sample is biassed - too many sterile rather than infertile respondents compared to population statistics - perhaps that tells us something about sterile men) and necessarily the author could not interview any man with fertility problems who had made the ultimate withdrawal from an unsatisfactory world.

I know a man who is sterile and I can see synergies between him and the responses reported here, even though his cicumstance is different from all of them. Unlike the respondents here he knew before he was in a relationship - so he did not have a partner to provide support - neither did he have a partner with whom he could bury his own responses by providing her support. It affected him in different ways, but then his life did change. But, for all of these afflicted men, the continual ache in the background does remain even when parenting softens the blow to a degree.

None of the men with infertility problems in this book makes the demand on their partner that they should just accept what fate has dealt them. These men - despite qualms and uncertainties - go along with their partners and fufill their own desires as much as is possible, by following the routes of adoption and assisted fertility processes such as donor insemination (DI).

Perhaps there is another book to be written - one with a broader perspective. How do men cope, for whatever reason, with a failure to become a parent? Is it important to them?
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By K. Gullapalli on December 22, 2014
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Very insightful into the men who found out that they are infertile
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