Finding out your husband has an azoospermia diagnosis is shocking and sad, especially since female fertility problems are often more expected than male infertility issues. These tips will help you cope with your husband’s diagnosis of azoospermia, and give you hope for moving forward.
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Sperm are very sensitive to a variety of influences – and a difference of three months can change the results of a sperm test. We’re continually exposed to environmental toxins and stress, which has a direct effect on our fertility levels. The toxins in our water, air, and food include glyphosates, pesticides, heavy metals and plastics. Daily stress, which is also a type of toxin, weakens our reproductive systems by increasing our free radical load and chronically elevating our stress hormones. The result is a decrease in the quality and quantity of healthy sperm. In Abnormal Sperm – Azoospermia and Oligospermia I share an overview of how azoospermia, oligospermia, and asthenospermia and other sperm health problems affect pregnancy.
It’s important not to lose hope, even if your husband has been diagnosed with azoospermia! Sperm are regenerated every three months, so poor sperm results on one male fertility test doesn’t necessarily mean your husband won’t produce any sperm at all in the future. If you’ve recently done a home sperm test to detect azoospermia or other types of male infertility, read How to Understand the Results of Your Semen Analysis.
What is Azoospermia?
Simply put, azoospermia is when men don’t produce sperm. One of my most popular articles is 5 Foods to Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility – but if your husband has azoospermia, it doesn’t matter what he eats.
Azoospermia is the complete absence of sperm in a semen sample, due to a failure in sperm production or a physical obstruction. If an obstruction is causing the sperm problem (obstructive azoospermia), it may be treated in some cases with surgical procedures. If a spermanalysis or a sperm test indicates azoospermia, your doctor will likely pursue follow up tests to determine the cause.
The causes of no sperm or azoospermia could be genetic, lifestyle, illness, or even prescription medications.
Severe cases of azoospermia in men
In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility.
Often men with azoospermia don’t know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia, which is a significant number of cases of infertility in men.
When Your Husband Has Azoospermia
I have personal experience with male infertility; we found out my husband has azoospermia after we’d been trying to get pregnant for a couple of years. It’s been about seven years since my husband was diagnosed with azoospermia, and I still have moments of grief occasionally.
Here are a few ideas for coping when your husband has azoospermia, plus my prayers for all couples coping with infertility.
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Grieve your loss
Allow your husband time to grieve the shocking news. Finding out he has azoospermia is a huge disappointment in his life, and it’ll take time to go through the stages of grief. Remember that we’re all little children inside, and we’re vulnerable. Our husbands may look tough, strong, and able to cope with anything – even an azoospermia diagnosis – but they may feel bewildered and depressed.
Take time to grieve your loss as a wife, as well. I remember the excitement of pregnancy tests, the hope that this month I’d be pregnant, the thrill of trying to get pregnant, the daydreams of babies and love. Finding out that your husband has azoospermia is devastating. It’s not something that can be shrugged off.
Give your husband time to accept the azoospermia diagnosis
There are other ways to get pregnant and start a family, but if your husband has just been diagnosed with azoospermia it may be too soon to start exploring different options for couples coping with infertility. He may be dealing with shame and embarrassment, and his masculinity may feel threatened.
Reassure your husband that he’s still a vibrant, healthy, robust, strong man to you! Stroke his ego; help him through his feelings. Your husband may not talk about how he feels about being diagnosed with this type of male infertility, but I can guarantee he’s thinking about it.
Take special care of your marriage
Azoospermia is a health issue that can cause relationship problems. My hope is that you and your husband are able to draw closer through this experience. May you and he allow yourselves to be honest and vulnerable with each other. I pray for God’s protection over your marriage and conversations, and for His comfort as you deal with your husband’s diagnosis of azoospermia.
Reach out for help and support
Don’t slog through the grief and pain alone. It’s not easy to say “my husband has azoospermia” – and it’s even more difficult for a man to say “I have azoospermia.” Adjusting to this diagnosis takes time. Acceptance and peace with an infertility diagnosis doesn’t happen overnight. But, with the right type of support, you will work through this.
May you find resources to help you and your husband cope with the azoospermia diagnosis and getting pregnant. Talk to counselors who specialize in fertility issues, read books about infertility, find blogs that encourage you to stay faithful to God and your marriage. You might even join an infertility support group or online forum for couples coping with infertility.
If you’re struggling with your faith, read Trusting God When You Can’t Get Pregnant.
I welcome your thoughts on husbands with azoospermia. I can’t offer advice, but you may find it helpful to share your experience with this type of male infertility.
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