We’ve been seeing this term a lot recently and wanted to make sure we understood what it is, what it means for those TTC, and, most importantly, how it can be overcome!

In the most simple of terms, azoopsermia is when there is no measurable sperm in a man’s ejaculate. This can happen for one of two reasons.

1. Obstructive Azoospermia (OA) means that sperm are successfully being produced, but they can’t make it out due to some sort of obstruction in the old pipes.

2. Non-Obstructive Azoospermia (NOA) is when sperm are not being produced enough to make it out of the testicle or aren’t being produced at all, even though the pipes are all clear.

We won’t go into the all of the causes of azoospermia today. There are quite a few reasons why this could happen and we feel they each deserve a solid explanation.

However! In our research we learned that sperm takes 72 days to be produced which is wild and yet another fact that makes anyone becoming pregnant seem like that much more of a miracle. How has our species survived this long?!

Treatment for men with OA can include surgery to remove the blockage or the sperm can be taken directly from the testicle. For NOA, men will first be asked to make some healthy life choices but will also likely need some hormonal treatments to increase or start sperm production.

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