Can I Still Have Biological Children With Low Sperm Count?
Being told you have a low sperm count or even no sperm appearing in your ejaculate can be difficult. If you have been trying for a child or even if someday you would like children, it can seem like a diminished sperm count may mean you won’t be able to have children of your own.
Thankfully, sperm retrieval is a process that can help obtain viable sperm to be used in-vitro fertilization. Regardless of your sperm count, sperm retrieval may be able to help.
What Is Sperm Retrieval?
Sperm retrieval is a process of obtaining viable sperm for pregnancy. These mature sperm can be obtained through many means.
There are non-surgical methods, such as stimulating ejaculation through vibration or using electrical energy.
In other instances, sperm retrieval can be done through various points in the reproductive tract. Within this form of retrieval are also many methods, from testicular sperm extraction to percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration.
Sperm retrieval can be done in various ways depending on what is causing your low sperm count. Speak to your doctor to understand which sperm retrieval method is best for you and can offer the best results.
Are There Risks to Sperm Retrieval?
Due to the variety of sperm retrieval techniques, risk varies. Some techniques, such as aspiration, can last as little as 10 minutes, while others may last hours and require sedation.
As some procedures require surgery, the risks of operation accompany those procedures. Complications during surgery due to surgeon error are possible.
Aside from physiological risk, there is the possibility that the sperm retrieved does not result in a pregnancy.
To understand your risks and chances of finding viable sperm, consult your doctor.
Consult With Dr. Anand Shridharani
Having little to no sperm does not mean you cannot have your own children. Sperm retrieval is a viable option. However, due to the nature of the technique, it is important to work with an understanding and capable doctor.
Dr. Anand Shridharani is a board-certified doctor proudly serving Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN, as well as Northern Georgia and Huntsville, AL. Dr. Shridharani and his team value patient care and cooperation, so they believe you have a say in your treatment.
Contact us today by calling 423-778-4MEN (4636) to learn more about how sperm retrieval can help you.