There are many kinds of infertility, affecting both men and women. More often than not, though, it is experienced as a couple, not as an individual. If you’ve ever coped with it, or gone through fertility treatments to try to become a parent, you may have noticed that even though it affects both men and women, the people who give and receive the most support about it are overwhelmingly female. Why?
On April 2, The Good Men Project will be running a feature series about men and infertility. If you or a man you’re close to has a man’s perspective on coping with infertility, we’d like to see it. Original ideas are welcome, but we’re interested in things like:
- Why do men seem to seek out or receive so much less support than women when it comes to infertility?
- How has male infertility affected your self-image, your “manliness”?
- If your partner is infertile, what kind of support have you offered?
- If you’ve ever had to consider using donors (sperm or eggs), what factors weighed in your decision, and how did you decide?
- If you tried fertility treatments, what role did you take, and did you feel like an active part of it or a bystander?
- For people who have no experience with infertility, do you have any advice or words of wisdom for relating to a man or couple who does?
- What is a “real father” to a man who can’t father a child with his own sperm?
- How are childless (or childfree) men regarded differently than fathers?
- How has infertility affected your sex life?
Women are welcome to submit articles, but please keep the brand in mind (Good Men Project) and write accordingly. Women’s perspectives about infertility are important, but are fairly abundant elsewhere, and not the focus of this series.
Please direct inquiries or submissions to Marcus Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), by April 1.
Here are some additional guidelines that apply to GMP submissions in general:
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