Looking for fertility books for men? We’ve got you covered.
Whether you want advice on boosting your sperm health, support for your assisted fertility treatment or simply want to read a fertility story you can relate to, books can be incredibly helpful on your road to fatherhood.
We’ve rounded up our favourite fertility reads – that put men centre stage – so you can add them straight to your Amazon basket, and your bookshelf.
By Lauren Manaker MS, RD
People say size doesn’t matter, and when it comes to this book, that’s definitely true. This tiny tome is bursting with information and advice for all things male fertility. Straight to the point and evidence-based, it explains all about the holy trinity of sperm performance – count, motility and morphology.
Written by a registered nutritionist, diet and supplements feature heavily, but it also dives into the various factors that could be impacting sperm health – from laptops near your balls to a lack of sleep. Whether you are struggling to conceive or just want to turbocharge your sperm ahead of trying to conceive, this book should be top of your reading list.
By Charlie Druce
As this list proves, the number of books written by men, for men about the experience of infertility is pretty low. But luckily, we have this incredible read by Charlie Druce to add to our bookshelf. Charlie and his wife went through multiple IVF attempts and a miscarriage before ultimately becoming parents through adoption.
The book covers everything from grief to the strain a fertility journey can put on a relationship – and somehow manages to do it with razor-sharp wit and humour. The book is full of anecdotes that would feel just as at home in the pub as they would in a fertility clinic – which is one of the reasons we love it!
By Richard Mackeny and Rosie Bray
Whilst IVF definitely takes its physical toll on women, it’s not an easy process for male partners to go through either. You’re trying to be a strong, supportive partner whilst also dealing with your own emotions surrounding fertility – and that’s even before you factor in all the medical jargon and masturbate into a cup on demand.
This book is a brilliant, down to earth account of the IVF process from real-life couple Richard and Rosie. Full of tips, advice and relatable anecdotes, it can help you see things from your partner’s side and feel supported on your journey too.
By Jerry Mahoney
This book has us laughing through every chapter – which might not be something you expect from a story about surrogacy. But then again, author Jerry Mahoney is a comedy writer – so maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised.
This memoir is a must-read for any man considering becoming a father through surrogacy – but particularly for same-sex couples. From having to raise serious cash for the treatment, to having everyone obsessed with the quality of your sperm, Jerry details every hurdle he and his boyfriend faced on the road to parenthood – and the overwhelming joy they felt when they finally made it there.
By Emma Groenbaek
If you are going down the road of donor conception, you might be wondering how it could impact your children later in life? Well, Emma Groenback aka Donor Child has some idea – and shares it with you in this book.
Emma’s story starts when her parents, facing infertility, decide to use an anonymous sperm donor to conceive her – and the central theme of the book is how happy and healthy their family is. This is a must-read for anyone considering or going through donor conception – it will inspire and uplift you, ease some of your fears and remind you that when it comes to family, love is always more important than genetics.
By Cory Silverberg
Part of breaking down the stigma of infertility is education. ‘What Makes A Baby’ is great if you are trying to have age-appropriate conversations with your kids about your fertility journey. It explains in simple terms exactly how babies are made and how they come into the world (which, in our experience, some adults aren’t even sure of!)
Seriously inclusive, this bright and joyful book is perfect for every type of family set up and can make kids and grown-ups alike feel seen and supported – whatever fertility route they took.
By Dr Shanna H. Swan
This book – full title “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race” might not be the lightest read, but wow – is it interesting! Dr Shanna Swan has been spearheading the conversation around the ‘ modern sperm health crisis’ and Count Down brings together all the research in a (surprisingly digestible) book.
We totally believe that knowledge is power when it comes to fertility, so if you want to take a scientific deep dive into the decline in sperm health – and how the environment could impact your chances of conceiving, then this is the book for you.
by MeMoments Creative
Ok, so this book might not technically be one you can read, but we’re still putting it on the list. IVF – or any difficult fertility journey for that matter – is stressful. If you’re trying to get pregnant then it’s likely you’re trying to cut down on your coping mechanisms/vices – like drinking or smoking. But guess what’s a great stress reliever that won’t harm your swimmers? Colouring.
You may not have picked up a crayon since primary school, but trust us when we say that this book helps you get into a chilled-out state and focus on your mind when feeling overwhelmed. More fun than meditation and less sweaty than hot yoga – it’s a win in our eyes.