Azoospermia is defined as having no sperm in the semen sample. Being told you have zero sperm is the most distressing and surprising finding from a man’s semen analysis! Nothing hits a young healthy, no-symptom man harder than to be told he has zero sperm in his ejaculate! The Y Factor is the premier expert in this condition and has been successful at achieving pregnancy!
Here is why it is important to see The Y Factor:
Diagnosing the problem-
- The diagnosis of azoospermia (zero sperm count) is established when no sperm are detected in at least two separate centrifuged semen samples.
- Azoospermia may be either due to obstruction or spermatogenic failure (factories are not producing sperm).
- Genetic mutations are important causes of azoospermia in that they can cause genital duct obstruction and poor sperm production from the factories
The Y Factor approach-
- Our minimum initial evaluation of azoospermic men includes a complete medical history, physical examination, and measurements of serum total testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), as well as appropriate genetic testing.
- Men with a problem in sperm production will be offered genetic testing to exclude chromosomal abnormalities and Y Factor gene deletions (missing genetic code).
- Azoospermic (zero sperm count) men with a poorly functioning testicles and hormone imbalance will be evaluated for pituitary aging to exclude pituitary (body’s organ that controls the testicle’s function) disease.
- A man with missing sperm ducts will be assumed to harbor a CFTR gene mutation and genetic testing will be offered to the female partner.
- These couples will be also be offered genetics counseling even if the female partner tests negative.
- In azoospermic men with low ejaculate volume and normal examination, a prostate ultrasound with or without aspiration may be used to identify an obstructed ejaculatory duct.
Hope and Success-
- The Y Factor see thousands of men with this distressing condition.
- As the premier center for advanced fertility problems, we determine the underlying cause of the azoospermia (zero sperm count) and establish the next step towards pregnancy.
Reference: ASRM (2018). Evaluation of the azoospermic male: a committee opinion. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 109(5), 777-782.