My husband was diagnosed with a zero sperm count. We really want a baby. Can this diagnosis be reversed, with meds or something else other than surgery that's not going to take a morgage on our house???
Yes and no. It all depends on what the cause of the azoospermia. My husband was diagnosed with a zero sperm count about a year ago. This is known as azoospermia. After the first test came back at zero my OB/GYN sent my husband to a urologist. The urologist repeated the test (and did a lot of bloodwork) to make sure that the first one wasn't a fluke. It too, came back zero sperm count. My OB/GYN had sent us to the urologist with the hope that the azoospermia was being caused to due to obstruction. If there is no sperm due to an obstruction which is not letting the sperm get to where it needs to go or killing the sperm (varacocle vein, etc...) then, our OB/GYN said that it often times (not always but often) can be reversed with surgery. I also read something online while I was checking all of this out about retrograde ejaculation, in which case the sperm is being ejaculated into the bladder instead of where it's supposed to go. I'm not sure what is done in that case to fix the problem. In my husband's case the urologist told us that it would be a waste of our time and money to continue to try to have my husband be the biological father of the child. I don't say this to scare or discourage or upset you. I say this to make the case that your husband should really see a urologist to find out what the underlying cause of the azoospermia might be. In my husband's case we found out it was because he is an xxy male (oddly enough his testosterone is normal and he is very masculine so we would never have guessed this, but then hey, that's why we're not doctors :) ). But, because of this genetic issue he cannot father a child biologically speaking and we are having to try to conceive using a donor (which is something that I litterally ran screaming and crying from when it was first suggested but now I have made peace with). I really don't know about the cost of surgery because obviously we didn't get that far. However, I would definitely check into my husband seeing a urologist (think OB/GYN type of doctor for a male is pretty much what a urologist does for men), and then if surgery is what's recommended then I would call my insurance company and see what they cover. If it's a varococle vein then I do know that their are a few ladies on this site who are dealing with that same issue as well and trying to make the decision to go through surgery or not. I hope this helps. Please don't get discouraged. I know it's tough but it's really better knowing that not knowing. At least that's how I feel. When we found out that my husband had azoospermia I was upset, when we found out it wasn't "fixable" so to speak, I was devestated. When we found out the real cause (the xxy factor) I was still disappointed but at least I could come to terms with it. I hope I've helped. Please let me know if you would like to chat some more about this. Good Luck!
I am sorry to hear that as all to familr with me, My husband was 24 and we had went through my OB and we had did 3-test and he also has 0 sperm count he had went to a urologist who wanted to suck out money from us and they wanted him to have surgery and cut open his sac, which he wasnt having that and they had said even doing that we still would of not been able to. We had went through a fertility doctor and she had suggested Sperm Donor, we talked it over with family and ourselves and realized we wanted a child but only way is to do this, Adoption is way to expensive and not even guarateed, my tests came back good and been going through fertility for a year now been pregnanct twice as all ended in Miscarriages. Its tough b ut its something you can consider and get comfortable with it as I was really uneasy about it but soon to know that they match ip with blood type and almost the same as your husband, Its tough and my husband is bummed about not been able to conceive to carry on his genes but we had accepted going this route as a way of conceiving. Best of luck to you and you may want to ask if your husband is ok with it as its a couple decision.
My son in law had a zero sperm count they did surgery and find live sperm in the tissue with that sperm and ivf my daughter and her husband are the proud parents of 3 month old triplet daughters they are ways don't give up
I was also diagnosed with a zero sperm count. urologist wants a biop of my testis to see if there is sperm in there,not ready for that yet but ill try if all else fails. I have had digestive problems my whole life and have been to several doctors and they never could find out what my problem was, turns out that I have been allergic to gluten(celiac disease) turns out that this disease can cause zero sperm count because the disease renders my small intestine useless there for my body has not been absorbing the nutrients to make sperm. I feel so much better and I am putting on weight my color is better and I look healthy for the first time in my life, my wife and i will have a baby, i will let you know if it happens.
Hi Dideann, first let say congrats to your daughter triplets, i have read your blog and my eyes filled with tears, tears of joy for your daughter who has now giving me so much hope due to the fact that i am suppose to do the ivr too, in which my Dr. is given me a 40-50% chance and i was so down on hearing that news. I am now 100% positive that my ivr is going to be ok GOD'S willing.........Thanks much.....can't wait to hear from you.
My husband was also diagnosed with zero sperm count twice and we were completely shocked and devastated. He was examined by a urologist first and then our RE had him do a blood test to see if he was a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis, since he suspected that there were in fact sperm in there, but that perhaps he was missing part of his vas deferens which was blocking the sperm from ejaculating (apparently, men who are carriers for CF often have this condition). It turned out that he was right...my husband was in fact a carrier. So the RE went in and did a simple extraction (it was surgery, but it only took about five minutes) and found millions and millions of them trapped in there. We did one round of IVF in July and were successful. Hope this example is helpful to others...with a good, thoughtful RE, sometimes it can be something pretty easily addressed like it was for us. Good luck!
Hi dabrowne do not give up! There is hope. my beautiful granddaughters are 20 months old now and thriving. i am so glad my daughter didnt give up when they were told her husband had a 0 sperm count not once but three times they were tested. Please keep me updated on your story!
My husband had 2 SA and both came back with zero sperm. My tests came back all normal. They think it might be a genetic factor and have asked my husband to get a y chromosome multi deletion test. They also want my husband to get a scrotam ultrasound to see if there Is a possibility that there may be some sperm. Is it possible to still have sperm and conceive with a genetic factor like this one. Also will it ever be possible for my husband to produce soerm
My husband and I had 2 back to back pregnancies in 2009, the last one resulted in my daughter being born in April of 2010. We have been ttc for a year w/o any success, and were recently told that my husband had a zero sperm count (after 2 semen analysis). The only thing that has changed since we last tried to conceive, was that my husband had 2 lumbar fusions (back surgeries) in 2010. We went to the urologist and had some blood work done which showed all normal levels (including the genetic tests) except his FSH was 25.1. The urologist has no explanation for the zero sperm count and doesn't want to correlate it to any problems with the back surgeries. The doctors have suggested a biopsy for my husband to see if they can find any sperm for IVF. But, we feel like he should have some more testing done first. Has anyone had a similar situation? what tests were run before the biopsy? has anyone had such a high FSH level and been able to find sperm for IVF?
Hi, i read ur comments. thank u. i am stalu i am diagonized as azoospermia. can't produce any sperm. Doctors can't find out exactly whats the problem. Even i am having digestion problem but i dint see any doctor for this reason. i wants to know whethere is there any relation between digestion problem and the zero sperm count?
can u give more details on ur case? and pls sugest me what i can do?
hello everyone, i have also the same problem about this zero sperm count. my husband is very upset about it. I'm trying to convince him to go to a urologist but it seems his not interested. actually he is afraid if doctor will tell him that we have no chances to bear a child. any advise on how to talk to him about this issue? thanks
Hi baby yina, any answers yet? Cornell University did a study on Zero Count sperm..we are going throug this right now..If you google it you will find it informing and helpful. Also taht your husband will probably feel better about going to the Urologist. We are going Thursday. Let me know if you have any other questions, this is new to us too
Hi,Hope you have have had your baby by now. What were your Coeliac disease symptoms. You said you have started putting on weight. Were you underweight before? I have been average weight throught out my life. But like you had digestive issues, which have been diagnosed as IBS (Irratable Bowel). I have recently been tested for Azoospermia and found no sperm in my ejaculate. Reading your post, I wonder if I too have Coeliac. So by going Gluten Freen, have you managed to produce sperm? If so, how long did it take and do you mind me asking at what age? Many thanks!
Hello, My husband was diagnosed with non-obstructie azospermia- and had PESA which revelaed no sperm. Is there any thing you could suggest??? (as you have said that you have treated men with 100% success)
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