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International Journal of Research in Medical Science

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Acceptability of infertility treatment among men and the issue of social stigma: Some reflections


Dr. Sourav Madhur Dey and Sumana Das


Childbearing as an indicator of the transition to maturity is a cross-cultural and universal practice, even though recent research has highlighted the path to adulthood is diverse and can be delayed. Having children is a source of social status for both genders of all socioeconomic backgrounds around the world. As a result, those who are unable to live up to this norm typically experience internal and external stigma. Failure to reproduce is viewed as a failure to be a man or a woman by both the individual and society at large. This is especially true in cultures where reproduction is seen as a crucial sign of mature masculinity or femininity. (Parsons, T. 1951).
Any person, regardless of gender, is vulnerable to the discrimination and emotional anguish associated with infertility. Numerous cultural indicators show that women, not males, bear the brunt of infertility-related stigma and blame. This was especially true because of the long-held assumption that a woman's reproductive capabilities are intrinsic to her identity and societal worth. Modern medical technology has broken this monolith by concentrating on other hidden infertility hurdles. Male sterility and social stigma were anomalies because of men's inability to procreate. Therefore, men's and women's relationships will benefit from removing the stigma associated with discussing reproductive health and seeking treatment. 
Due to inadequate social support and low social standing as a result of avoiding treatment, males also experience the unpleasant emotions induced by infertility, which has been significantly associated with stigma,' causing their self-esteem and confidence to plummet. (Parsons, T. 1951). The stigma associated with male infertility needs to be eradicated by embracing the issue and seeking cutting-edge treatment. This research sheds light on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of male infertility, as well as the social acceptance of this disease and the acceptance of ART as a method of advancement in the reproductive treatment process. 
    To investigate potential social and psychological factors that contribute to the stigma associated with male infertility syndrome. 
    To investigate the acceptability of ART among infertile men.

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How to cite this article:
Dr. Sourav Madhur Dey and Sumana Das. Acceptability of infertility treatment among men and the issue of social stigma: Some reflections. Int. J. Res. Med. Sci. 2024;6(1):54-60. DOI: 10.33545/26648733.2024.v6.i1a.58