Departmental Bulletin Paper 「男性不妊」という経験 : 泌尿器科を受診した夫たちの語りから
The Experience of Male Infertility : Narratives of Men Seeking Urology Treatment

竹家, 一美

 In Japan, male infertility has been shrouded in secrecy for decades.\Traditionally, it was assumed that the female was at fault for any problems\regarding reproduction; however, male factor infertility has recently become\the focus of both medical and political inquiry into Japan’s declining birthrate.\The purpose of this paper was to clarify the experience of male infertility by\analyzing the narratives of men who had consulted a urologist for treatment.\Data were collected from eight male subjects using semi-structured interviews\during which the subjects reported their experiences with infertility. Two points\have emerged as a result of this research. The first is that most of the subjects\sought infertility treatment at the request of their partners. The second point is\that the subjects were aware of the issues associated with the diagnosis and that\seeking treatment for male infertility is still somewhat taboo in Japan.

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