January 2007, Volume 37 Number 1 , p 24 - 26
FICORELLI, CARMEL T. RN, FNP, MS; WEEKS, BRIDGET RN, CS, FNP, MS
Carmel T. Ficorelli and Bridget Weeks are assistant professors of nursing at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ms. Weeks is also a family nurse practitioner at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn.
HAVE YOU HEARD this? “We've been trying to get pregnant for a year and still no luck!” Many people assume that a woman will get pregnant as soon as the couple stops using birth control, but this isn't a given. About 15% of couples in the United States who are trying to have a child are confronting infertility, defined as the inability to conceive after at least 1 year of regularly having intercourse without birth control. 1
Male infertility plays a role in about half of these cases. In this article, we'll explain how to assess and intervene to help a couple to conceive. But first, let's look briefly at some male reproduction basics.