18 May, 2018

Know more about Azoospermia, a cause of Male infertility

When it comes to family planning, the sperm is often taken for granted. This is because a majority of men may not have any problem with their sperm. But for some couples, azoospermia or a lack of sperm in the ejaculate, may hinder conception.

It might be worthwhile to know that 10 to 15 percent of all infertility cases reported in the United States are related to azoospermia. Lack of sperm does not mean you may never be able to conceive. With many treatment options available, becoming a father is possible for men with azoospermia. Here’s what you need to know about this condition.

The Types

There are two main types of azoospermia: Obstructive and nonobstructive. In case of obstructive one, the sperm is being produced inside the testicle but is blocked and can’t get out. In the nonobstructive type there is no sperm being made.


In most cases, the cause behind azoospermia is unknown. In both kinds, there may be genetic causes that may impair sperm production or transit.

  • According to experts, some men are born without the duct leading from the testes to the penis, which is called the vas deferens. Without this channel, the sperm can’t travel out of the end of the penis.
  • In the nonobstructive causes of azoospermia, a chromosomal abnormality may be the cause. Even medical conditions like diabetes can cause reversal of the flow of semen or retrograde ejaculation.
  • Cancer patients who need to undergo radiation and chemotherapy may develop azoospermia as these two treatments destroy the sperm-producing cells.
  • Excessive use of testosterone can also result in a temporary or even permanent case of azoospermia.


Generally, there aren’t any obvious symptoms such as pain that might indicate if a man has azoospermia. Men who have low hormone levels are an exception to this. Those with chromosomal abnormalities will have other physical features that are typical of the syndrome. These include enlarged breast tissue, low energy levels, small genitals and above average height. In rare cases, men may have small testes or swollen structures within the testes, or symptoms of low testosterone.

Azoospermia is most commonly diagnosed when a couple discovers they are unable to conceive. An analysis of the semen is often the only way to determine whether this condition is present. If there is zero sperm, a reproductive urologist will establish whether it is obstructive or nonobstructive.


Azoospermia can be treated, based on its cause. The obstructive variety that’s caused by complications due to sexually transmitted infections, like epididymitis, or because of hernia repair that has injured the vas, can be successfully repaired with microsurgery. Obstructive azoospermia may be treated due to congenital missing ducts and is treated by microsurgically sucking sperm out and using it to fertilize the partner’s eggs retrieved by in vitro fertilization (IVF).

If you suffer from azoospermia, our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help guide you through the best way to prevent and treat this condition.


*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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15 February, 2018

5 Ways your Home may be causing your infertility

Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in. Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility: Soaps Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance. Canned Goods Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid
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19 February, 2018

5 Facts about smoking and infertility

Smoking is injurious to your health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. If you’re a smoker, you probably know that it can affect your fertility. In order to improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to quit smoking. Here are 5 facts about smoking and infertility that you should know: Smoking can cause infertility Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than non-smokers. If you’ve been smoking for many years or smoke many cigarettes per day, you are at an increased risk for fertility problems. Smoking spreads more than 7000 chemicals throughout your entire body and organs. This can cause fertility problems, such as : Problems with ovulation Genetic problems Damage to your reproductive organs Damage to eggs or premature menopause Increased risk of cancer and miscarriage When smokers take fertility treatments, they tend to take longer to get pregnant. They are also likely to give birth to babies with health problems. Secondhand smoke can affect your fertility If your partner is a smoker and you’re trying to get pregnant, encourage them to stop smoking. Secondhand smoke may expose you to toxic chemicals that affect your fertility. Experts say that secondhand smoke is as damaging to your fertility as smoking
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