Fertility worries affect men less than women

Fertility is a major worry among women who are attempting to get pregnant - but these concerns are not shared to the same level by their male counterparts. This is the suggestion of new research from SpermCheck Fertility, which revealed men are less fearful about the possibility of not being able to have children, despite low sperm count being the main cause of this.

According to the study, 42 per cent of women admitted to growing obsessed about becoming pregnant once they decided they wanted to have a baby.

However, just ten per cent of the men in these relationships said the same.

It was demonstrated that females may be more willing to take action when their conception plans hit the rocks, including undergoing expensive testing techniques that are sometimes highly invasive.

Pamela Madsen, founder of the American Fertility Association - a not-for-profit organisation - said that despite males having nothing to be self-conscious about, "many men are often reluctant or embarrassed to go to their healthcare provider to take a sperm count test".

Dr Marilyn Glenville, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "There are two aspects to this research - one is that women feel more pressure and urgency to conceive than their partners.

"Women are more likely to have a stronger desire to conceive than their partners, but for many women nowadays the added pressure is the awareness of their biological clock. 

"Many women are waiting longer to conceive and fertility can drop dramatically after the age of 35.

"The other aspect of these results is that men are less willing to have a semen analysis. Up to 30 per cent of fertility problems can be attributable to the man, so it is important that both the man and woman are checked at the start of any fertility problems. That way appropriate decisions for treatment can be made as soon as possible."