Discrimination against men in infertility treatment

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the scope of the medical effort invested in the study and treatment of male infertility, some of its sources and implications. STUDY DESIGN: The study reviewed the range of medical treatments of male and female in fertility and their effectiveness. It also examined the funding policy in Ontario, Canada, as well as patients' responses to this policy. RESULTS: Male infertility therapy is relatively lacking and is not funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. Neither professionals nor patients, however, challenge the unequal policy. CONCLUSION: The traditional association of in fertility with the female partner prevails among professionals, policy makers and patients. It explains both the relative lack of therapy and the absence of public resentment. This traditional attitude hinders the prospects that infertile men will be assisted by biomedicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-594
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1995


  • infertility
  • male

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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