Dr. Human Fatemi
Dr. Barbara Lawrenz
Obstructive Azoospermia is a condition causing infertility in men. In this, men are unable to produce sufficient amount of sperm, making his semen less fertile or even sterile. This affects almost 1% of the male population.
There can be multiple reasons to why a man develops obstructive azoospermia. Generally it develops in men who have undergone a vasectomy in the past. It can also be a result of problematic ducts or ejaculation. Additionally it can be caused by:
There are not any noticeable symptoms in the patient's body which might develop. Therefore, the two main indicators of obstructive azoospermia are:
A man who has obstructive azoospermia cannot produce enough sperms; it makes it difficult for them to conceive naturally. But, despite a low sperm count, the healthy sperms from the testis or epididymis can be retrieved successfully and then used for IVF or other techniques.
Physical exam: A physical exam can help diagnose the improper structure of the testicles, epididymis and other ducts. A patient with obstructive azoospermia has smaller and softer testes as compared to a healthy person.
Imaging: Ultrasound of the scrotum and prostate can help identify any problems or abnormalities in them
Clinical tests: To detect the levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, etc. which influence sperm levels
Obstructive azoospermia can be treated easily so that a couple can able to conceive naturally. According to the patient's condition there are two kinds of procedures that are performed:
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