On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Georgia Urology’s Dr. Ronald Anglade joined many other experts in a virtual discussion on Male Infertility in Communities of Color.
Male Infertility in Communities of Color
- Approximately 1 in 8 couples will experience interfertility
- 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 and 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 a real conversation about infertility and how it impacts the mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being of many men.
About Dr. Ronald Anglade
In addition, Dr. Anglade is a member of the American Urological Association, The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology.