SPEAK on M.I.C
A Virtual Discussion on Male Infertility in Communities of Color hosted by TJ Peyten. TJ Peyten is the author of Semen Secrets, a book about a wife's journey through her husband's infertility.
- Approximately 1 in 8 couples will experience infertility.
- In almost 50% of those cases, the man is the factor in the couple's infertility.
- In the United States, 10% of all men attempting to conceive suffer from infertility.
- Research also suggests that 50% of male infertility cases go unexplained.
Though society paints the picture that people of color are very fertile, minorities experience higher rates of infertility. Yet, the topic of infertility often goes unspoken, especially in cases where the man is the factor. There are also few conversations about how female infertility affects the male partner.
The lack of conversation leaves many couples suffering in silence and many men of color left alone to try to understand infertility and cope with the reality that they may never father a child. This suffering can often lead to increased feelings of anger, frustration, depression, sadness, grief and suicide.
Thus, it's time, as communities of color, that we break this silence and start having real conversations about infertility and how it impacts the mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being of the man.
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