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Infertility treatments available for medical conditions in men

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Often times, infertility can be attributed to a medical issue with a man.

Doctors said it can range from a hormone imbalance to paralysis. However, treatments are available to help make the dream of having a family a reality.

"June 12, 2005, I and a few of my friends were out at the beach and I just dove into a wave and basically just broke my neck on impact," said Corey Lee.

Corey Lee said his life changed in an instant. He was paralyzed from the neck down.

"I had a great support system going into the initial stages of the injury, but internally I suffered with depression, because I didn't think anyone would love me or would have children with me and a lot of my dreams and desires got washed down the drain," he said.

Then he met Christi-Anna.

"She came by and that was March 21 of 2008 and she never left after that," Christi-Anna Lee said.

"Oh yea, he's got nice eyes and I was immediately intrigued by him, and I never left," Christi-Anna Lee said.

Like any fairy tale, the two met, fell in love and got married.

"When you're thinking about marriage, you're not thinking about paralysis, or sickness or anything like that," Christi-Anna Lee said. "You're thinking 'fairy tale' in your brain, we're going to get married [to] whoever it is [and] we'll have kids. So paralysis is hard, but I really liked him, I really cared about him."

The couple said they turned to the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services to make their dreams of having a family come true.

Through in vitro fertilization, they have two boys.

Dr. Stan Honing is a reproductive urologist with the center. He said while Corey Lee's story is unique, infertility among men can be common.

"In fact, about half the time, it's actually a male factor," Honing said.

Honing said men should be checked right away. The fix could be simple.

"Men are kinda afraid to find out if there's a problem," he said. "So one of the things I would emphasize is that there are a lot of minimally invasive or non-invasive ways you can address this problem. I want to put men at ease knowing that maybe sometimes there can just be a lifestyle issue."

Honing said those issues can be easily fixed so that more couples can have the storybook ending that the Lees live every day.

"He's still my prince charming," Christi-Anna Lee said. "He may not be on a horse, he's in a wheelchair and that's how I look at him. He swept me off my feet, so I still have the fairy tale. It's just very modified. He's great, I couldn't ask for anybody better."

"It's difficult, but everyone is going through some chapter of their life that is hard," Corey Lee said. "Mine right now is paralysis, for my wife it's paralysis. But there's somebody that's homeless, there's somebody that's hungry right now and I don't have to suffer those types of things and I have my own cross to bear, and God has me. And if He didn't, I think I would stress out a whole lot more, but because of my faith and my family and my wife and my children, I'm OK."

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