THE EASY BIT
Six men tell their stories openly and honestly about the male perspective of fertility treatment.
Infertility affects one in six couples in the UK. More and more infertile couples are seeking fertility treatment in the form of A.R.T (or Assisted Reproductive Technology). This means fertility solutions such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection). It is a complex process that involves lots of invasive medical procedures and emotional turmoil.
There are literally hundreds of books on the subject, but only a few pages of those books focus on the man. In the case of heterosexual couples, the man is seen to have “the easy bit”. All he has to do is masturbate into a cup, right? It is treated as a simple task and usually referred to by one of many euphemisms.
There is very little information about what it is like for a man to experience IVF. In The Easy Bit, six men talk candidly to camera about going through the stages of fertility treatment. From the initial diagnosis through to making the decision to try fertility treatment, going to the clinic, the hormone treatments, egg collection and sample giving, the implantation procedure, the two-week wait and finally taking the test.