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Emmerdale's Adam Barton and Zero Sperm Count Diagnosis: Is there Any Hope of a Baby?
Azoospermia: Treatment, Causes, Symptoms, and More
TV series Emmerdale has brought the reality of male infertility into the spotlight with soap character Adam Barton receiving the news last week that he has zero sperm count after failing to conceive with wife Victoria. So is there any hope of conceiving a baby in cases where there is zero sperm count? Our male fertility specialist, Dr Steve Bromage , explains what the diagnosis means and how men with zero sperm count can still father a child:. Zero sperm count, known as azoospermia, means that there is no sperm in the ejaculate. There are lots of different causes of azoospermia, such as a blockage preventing sperm getting into the ejaculate, and as Emmerdale has said, certain conditions such as Klinefelter Syndrome. Through tests and examinations, we can pinpoint whether the issue is a blockage that can be surgically reversed — so sperm can be released in the ejaculate — or whether the best option is to find usable sperm from within the testis. If there is a reversible blockage, treatment is surgical to restore ejaculation of sperm.
What Is Azoospermia?
Male infertility is any health issue in a man that lowers the chances of his female partner getting pregnant. About 13 out of couples can't get pregnant with unprotected sex. There are many causes for infertility in men and women.
Five percent of infertile men have azoospermia, or an absence of sperm in the ejaculate. But thanks to advanced medical treatments, men with azoospermia do not have to give up their hopes of conceiving a child. Depending on the type of azoospermia, it may be surgically treatable with a return of ejaculated sperm or it may require sperm retrieval and assisted reproduction to achieve pregnancy.