January 24, 2018

How do I know if my husband is fertile?

Last week, I saw a new patient whose story is common. She is in her early 30’s and had been trying to conceive for 4 years. During this time, her OB/Gyn gave her clomiphine citrate (Clomid) for 7 months, did about eight blood tests and performed surgery on her twice. During our first meeting, I inquired about her husband. He had never gotten her pregnant, nor had he ever gotten anyone else pregnant in any previous marriage or relationship. I asked if his sperm had ever been checked and she looked frustrated. During all these years, he had never gotten a test. Sometimes, this is a sign that the husband does not want a child as enthusiastically as the wife. However, she reassured me that he and his parents were strongly pressuring her to do all the operations and fertility testing because they very much wanted a child. I asked why he had never been tested. Apparently, he was healthy and was quite insistent that it was her problem.

Finally, after I spoke with him directly, he consented to get tested this week. He has zero sperm. When I broke the news to them, he was still not convinced and insisted on getting a repeat test at an outside lab. I agreed that it would be a good idea. At least he was acknowledging the possibility of having a problem.

The good news is that we can now start moving forward in the right direction. The lesson is that unless a man has proven fertility, no matter how healthy and virile he may seem, the only way to confirm for sure that he has sperm is to do a semen analysis.

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  • shane

    hi.. i’ve been read your blog sinced im browsing the google and found out your interesting and helpful blogsite. i’m kinda wondering if you can give me just a little bit advice on my very serious conceiving case. I’ve been married for almost 4 years, have an irregular period.I’ve already went to see OB-GYN and took under medical treatment on how to get pregnant, but it seems like nothings worked! i’ve taken an Clomid medicine for about 6 months,and my doctor said that all was just normal inside of me (after she scanned me). and now i felt so deppressed knewing that getting pregnant is not easy for me.. My husband seemed to be not in the mood sometimes and i was saying this but,we’ve almost made it twice in a Month 🙁 those times is the time i thinked im ovulating…hope you can give me some tips or advice… i will appreciate it very much.. Thank You!