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What is Azoospermia?

Azoospermia is a condition where there is no sperm in a man’s semen after an orgasm. This condition affects about 1 in 100 of the general population and up to 1 in 10 men with fertility problems. Even though it isn’t very common, it is a severe form of male infertility that could potentially prevent men from being able to have genetic offspring. The North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM), the premier center for reproductive health and fertility center Cary NC, is here to help you better understand Azoospermia types, signs, and symptoms.Azoospermia | Fertility Center Cary NC

There Are 3 Types Of Azoospermia

Obstructive azoospermia is when the sperm can’t get into the semen or ejaculate due to a blockage or issue with ejaculation. Nonobstructive azoospermia is when the cause is primarily hormonal or an issue with sperm development. The three types of Azoospermia are:

  • Pre-testicular azoospermia (non-obstructive) is caused by impaired production of the hormones responsible for creating sperm.
  • Testicular azoospermia (non-obstructive) is caused by any abnormalities in the function or structure of the testicles.
  • Post-testicular azoospermia (obstructive) is caused by problems with ejaculation due to an obstruction of some sort in the reproductive tract.

Symptoms of Azoospermia

When it comes to Azoospermia, infertility is frequently the only sign that something is wrong. According to Very Well Family, some causes of azoospermia can lead to noticeable signs and symptoms. Signs or symptoms that may indicate you’re at risk for azoospermia include:

  • Low ejaculate volume or “dry” orgasm (little to no semen)
  • Cloudy urine after sex
  • Painful urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Swollen testicles
  • Small or undescended testicles
  • Smaller than normal penis
  • Delayed or abnormal puberty
  • Difficulty with erections or ejaculation
  • Low sex drive
  • Reduced male hair growth
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Muscle loss

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It is possible to have none of the symptoms mentioned above, however, and still have azoospermia. If you or a loved one are concerned with male infertility, contact us today to learn about how the NCCRM fertility center Cary NC can provide advanced reproductive techniques to couples who dream of having a child of their own.

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