Exams and tests of the man
The man must have his sperm quality examined.
If the sperm quality is severely reduced with a total number of spermatozoa below 3 million so that the treatment of choice is ICSI, we recommend further work-up of the man in order to detect possible causes of the reduced sperm quality.
The testing may include hormone analyses, an ultrasound scan of the testicles and a test for ‘micro-deletions’ on the Y-chromosome.
If the cause of the reduced sperm quality is a micro-deletion on the Y-chromosome, you should consider possible implications for the choice of treatment. For example, use of donor sperm may be considered because a defect on the Y-chromosome will be inherited by male offspring who will then inherit their father’s reduced sperm quality.
Men with azoospermia should also have a test for mutations in the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.
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