The Changzheng Hospital in Shanghai, China's biggest city, has succeeded in helping 34 percent of over 1,000 male patients with little, weak or abnormal sperm conceive children.
Most of those patients suffered from a disease called immunological male infertility, said Luo Jianhua, an official in charge of the gynecological laboratory at Changzheng Hospital. It meant they had one or more antibody which hindered conception and led to sterility,
"The disease is a tough issue for physicians all over the world," Luo said. "Infertile patients make up 5-10 percent of people of child-bearing age, of whom 20 percent suffer from immunological male infertility."
After many years of research and practice, the hospital has developed a series of therapies which have proved effective in treating immunological male infertility.
Many of its patients came from the United States, Singapore, Morocco, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and Taiwan.
A young couple in east China's Zhejiang Province failed to havea child after eight years of marriage, though the husband had a strong sex drive. The husband who asked not to be named, accused his wife of being infertile. A subsequent medical check-up showed the husband had weak sperm. After an artificial insemination procedure, his wife became pregnant and later gave birth to their baby.
Luo said men were responsible for 50 percent of infertility in couples. Consequently, it was unfair to solely blame women.
(People's Daily November 18, 2002)