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My Partner Has No Sperm, Can I Do IVF?

Couples can face fertility care due to male infertility, female infertility or a combination of the two.  There are several procedures available to couples who are dealing with male infertility.  In fact, you can do IVF if partner has no sperm.

Several factors can contribute to male infertility:

  • Agehow-can-I-start-a-family
  • Irregularly shaped sperm
  • Low sperm count
  • Hormonal issues
  • Overheated testicles     
  • Lack of semen
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Cancer or other medical condition

It is often thought that if a man’s ejaculate does not contain sperm, that he does not produce sperm.  That may not be the case.  If a man is producing it, there are ways to retrieve sperm from different areas of the testicle:

MESA or Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration

This techniques is utilized when sperm is not included in ejaculate due to a blockage. Using a microscope, a physician is able to extract fluid directly from the epididymal tubule. The harvested fluid is then analyzed to determine if sperm are present.  If sperm are present, the sample is processed and the sperm can be used immediately for fertilization or frozen and stored for use in the future.  Sperm retrieved in this manner will allow you to do IVF if partner has no sperm in their semen.

TESE or Testicular Sperm Extraction

Used only in extreme cases, TESE harvests a small amount of testicular tissue via a small incision.  The tissue can then be analyzed and processed in the laboratory. Fewer sperm are found with this method than MESA, and sperm retrieved via this method are not as easily stored.  

Donor sperm is also an option for women who want to do IVF if partner has no sperm.  You can select a sperm donor that has qualities and features that you specify.

Are you interested in how male infertility is treated or how we can do IVF if partner has no sperm?  Contact us today to learn more. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.


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