Hi mjsmith, hope your GP appt was helpful for you both. How are you feeling, if you don't mind me asking?
My DH has azoospermia too - absolutely zero sperm after two SA. Unfortunately for us, further tests found that even testicular sperm retrieval would have no success as he simply doesn't make them (rather than there being a blockage). Like BeetleBeetle, we found that our GP really didn't know much about the condition but our Consultant (in Leeds) was fantastic. He said it was most probably caused before DH was born.
We went on to have IUI with donor sperm and I'm currently 13 weeks pregnant after our first round. Don't give up hope. We've found being really open with each other has helped us get through (both crying and looking forward to the future). You do discover strengths you didn't know you had. This isn't how we imagined starting our family would be, but feel so lucky that we live in a time when these things are possible!
Please do PM me if you want to chat or ask questions.
My DH had exactly the same thing and it devasted him too. It turns out that he has azoospermia, most likely a blockage or developmental problem from injury or a childhood disease. We saw a fantastic urologist, Jonathan Ramsay, who I can recommend for initial consultations and diagnosis.
We proceeded with the surgical sperm retrieval procedure privately and sperm was found and frozen. We then proceeded to IVF with ICSI and I am currently 9 weeks pregnant with identical twins after our second single embryo transfer.
Don't give up and as said above, don't expect your GP to know very much about this. Please do send me a private message if you want to ask more questions.
Hello mjsmith, sorry you've had this news, it must be hard to take in as it's the last thing you expect when you start ttc.
I just wanted to say a couple of things:
- we used a donor egg (IVF abroad) as due to my age my egg reserve was low, so maybe the possibility of donor sperm is something you could keep in the back of your mind - have you seen the website Fertility Friends? Their forum has a lot of users and you will probably find people in the same situation. This is a link to the "male factors" section of their forum:
Wishing you all the best in any case and do as much research as you can. Hopefully you'll get help from your GP, but we found ours didn't really know much about IVF and the options. Thank goodness for the Internet!
Don't loose hope there is an op they can do allied TESA surgical sperm collection under a general and TESI (I think) under local and they have found sperm for people where there has been zero hope. They only need one at the end of the day. Having said that my hubby had TESA due to 99% poor morphology and the sperm still fertilised beautifully but genetic factors (despite no genetic cause) have always meant our embryos have failed to embed and further develop.
What I would say is, there are all sorts of mirracles now that were never available once before. Ensure you use a clinic that are Specilaist in such male factors.
Hi ladies. I'm new here, we have been TTC for around 13 months. I was tested and all was normal, however we were told DH Sperm analysis results today and he has zero sperm. We're devastated and haven't really processed it all yet. We have an app with our GP Monday morning to see what this means and where to go from here. Just thought i'd see if anyone on here has had the same experience. Any advice appreciated. Tx