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No sperm found after testicle biopsy
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Freedom101 posted:
My husband and I have been married for 10 years and have no children. now that we are financialy stable we decided to seek fertility treament with RE. His semen analysis showed no sperm. He has a history of undecended testicles and bilateral hernia with repair. Transrectal ultrasound was peformed to r/o obstruction. All hormone labs were normal, but testosterone was slightly low. Obstruction was ruled out. Next he had a testicular biopsy. It was found that his sperm cells has been damage maybe from surgery of hernia repain and/or orchipexy, trauma or infection. A few immature damaged sperm was found was found but nothing i could get pregnant from. Genetic test was performed with y micro-deletion and it all came back that he did not have an genetic issue with his DNA. RE recommended adoption or donor sperm.
Is there any way that his sperm cells and tissue can reproduce healthy cells and tissue again so he can have a biological child? Any natural supplements He can take that has actual proven effective results?
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1957hank responded:
I am sorry to hear of your situation. It resonates with me and my wife. The story sounds the same as our when we went thru infertility 34 years ago. I too had undescended testicles and hernias at birth. In my case, the surgery to lower the testicles was way too late. I was 10 years old, that was 47 years ago. I can say that there have been great advances in medicine and maybe there are new procedures to assist in pregnancy. I dont wish to sound callous; I can only tell you about our experiences. I am sterile and we could not get pregnant. We adopted our daughter almost 30 years ago when she was 6 weeks old. I dont want to sound religious but please have faith. It hurt when we found out we were infertile. We asked why. I wanted to die so my wife could remarry. When we picked up our daughter at the adoption agency, all of that hurt went away. Children are a gift from God no matter how we get them. Please hang in there. I pray for you and your husband. Hopefully, there are new treatments that can help. If not, there is a child out there for you two. One final note, make sure your husband checks himself for testicular cancer. The chances for testicular cancer greatly increase when a man has had undesecended testicles.
 
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amyaalc responded:
Did your RE ever refer your husband to a male factor specialized urologist? There are a few techniques of mapping out the testicle and finding small pockets of good sperm that can be used for IVF. Where do you live? Let me know and I can get you the information for a specialist with male factor fellowship training in your area.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS(ABB)
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal
 
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amyaalc replied to 1957hank's response:
1957hank - thanks for sharing your experience! Men typically have a hard time sharing infertility experiences and I think your story will benefit other.
 
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1957hank replied to amyaalc's response:
Thanks, I know this situation all too well. Although I am well past child rearing years ( I could be a grandfather, don't know when but hope to be) , I know this pain. I believe it could tear a couple apart OR it could make their marriage stronger. I think faith is what gets us thru the tough times. Sometimes we don't wish to acknowledge the message we are receiving but it is what it is. Thanks to WebMD for offering such a forum for people to discuss sensitive topics like this.


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