Elliott, Stacy
October 1998
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p295
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the relationship between fertility issues and sexual problems in men. About 12% of couples of childbearing age are unable to conceive, and it is estimated that for between 30% and 50% of these couples, it is a malefactor infertility problem that prevents conception. Sexual dysfunction can be both a contributing factor to fertility problems and a by-product of the diagnosis of male infertility itself The physiology of male factor infertility is summarized and the psychosocial aspects of male infertility are examined with particular emphasis on the links between fertility, and masculinity, virility and ejaculatory/erectile function. It is suggested that health care providers can more effectively address the needs of couples with malefactor infertility by taking a sexual history as part of an initial infertility assessment, and by encouraging couples to temporarily view sexual functioning and the quest for pregnancy as separate issues.


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