The Curious Case of the Missing Sperm: Discover Treatments for Azoospermia

March 21, 2018

Infertility Treatment

Sperm can be elusive little things, multiplying full throttle in the semen of some men while making sneaky guest appearances in that of others. You can’t really talk to the little swimmers to know whether they’re there. And unfortunately, most men only find out that their sperm have taken a sabbatical when they consider starting a family. Semen with no presence of sperm is a condition known as azoospermia, and in many cases, there are ways to detour it to achieve a pregnancy.

What Are the Symptoms of Azoospermia?

Okay, so you can’t pick up the phone and dial your sperm. What next? If you pay close enough attention, there are ways to gauge whether you’re on the wrong side of azoospermia. Watch for one or more of these:

  • Your partner’s inability to conceive.
  • Weight gain and increased chest fat.
  • Thin or watery semen.
  • Inflammation on the scrotum that appears to be a protruded network of veins.
  • Emotional anxiety in you, your partner, or both at not being able to get pregnant.
  • Squishy or numb testicles.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry; there’s likely a way out. Seek the power of a treatment.

What Are the Treatments I Can Seek for Azoospermia?

Hormone Therapy

Nonexistent or low sperm count is often the cause of a hormonal disequilibrium. By restoring the requisite hormone levels, low sperm reserves are likely to be augmented. Hormone therapy works in cases of Hypogonadotrphic or hypogonadism. 

Surgical Sperm Retrieval

When the repository of sperm in the semen is grossly adequate, surgical sperm retrieval is performed. Sperm retrieval is a surgical procedure that slides sperm out directly from the testicles; the technique is usually paired with a related fertility treatment, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in turn, helps an embryologist to pick the best sperm from the semen sample and inject it directly into an egg via in vitro fertilisation. Then, the resultant embryo is placed inside the uterus a few days later. Surgical sperm retrieval may be conducted in one of two ways. The first, is with a lightweight needle, and the second is through a biopsy.

Duct Blockages

It’s possible that your sperm don’t make it to your semen because the ducts connecting the testicles and the urethra are either blocked or absent. A surgery can repair a blocked tube, facilitating natural conception.

Sometimes, it takes a little bit of nudging for sperm to come out and taste the sunshine. On Cloudnine, our fertility experts create a customised azoospermia treatment plan for every guest. Leave it to us to give you the best fertility experience possible. Come, meet your sperm on Cloudnine.

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