I've worked for many years to help couples finally achieve their dreams of parenthood. As Father's Day approaches this year, I'd like to tell you what I think about the men who come into Houston Fertility Center. They arrive, nearly always with the other half of their team (wives or other partners), sometimes with great anticipation, but more often hesitantly.
I just can't say enough about how important it is that they are there, in my consultation office, sometimes in the exam room (depending on the couple's circumstances), learning how to give injections to their loved ones, sticking their own arms out for blood draws, enduring rather embarassing semen analysis, and just being a part of the team in general.
Hopefully by now everyone knows that infertility isn't "a woman's problem," that it's a situation resulting from many different conditions, statistically dispersed equally between men and women. There's virtually no good reason for a woman to go through infertility testing alone.
And no matter how forward-thinking and sophisticated and educated we are, it's still more difficult for men to discuss infertility -- especially with someone other than their partner -- than it is for women.
So here's to you, guys. Thanks for being part of the process and an active team player. We truly couldn't do what we do for the women you love without you.
If you're into social media, here's a treat for you guys: On Friday, June 17th at 2pm ET, RESOLVE is hosting a special Twitterview (sort of like a Q&A session by tweet) with Alec Ross, blogger at I Want To Be a Daddy.
Here's where you can get all the details on the Father's FriDay Twitterview -- http://www.mydestinationfamily.org/fathers-day-twitterview/
Happy Father's To Be Day,
~Sonja Kristiansen M.D.