Wayne was still in his twenties when he was told by doctors he had azoospermia – zero sperm count – and thought that would end his hopes of having a baby with partner Melissa. But after undergoing MicroTESE, a delicate sperm extraction procedure performed by Bourn Hall’s specialist team of ‘sperm hunters’, he is now a dad to twins.
Last Christmas, a few days after her first round of IVF at Bourn Hall, Kirsty from Norfolk put a wish on a Christmas tree that they would have a ‘miracle baby’ – and this year it has come true. Her little frosty was born in August.
There are many ways to improve sperm health, advises specialist on male fertility ahead of Father’s Day.
Richard used to dread the well-intentioned questioning and comments he and his wife Sarah would sometimes get around starting a family. “I used to try and brush any questions off as quickly as possible,” he says.
A recent BBC documentary shone a light on male infertility and the taboos which still exist around the subject. Former Bourn Hall patient Matt talks about the impact on his mental health.
Mr Oliver Wiseman says: “A semen test that shows a low sperm count or poor sperm quality is just the starting point, many issues can be resolved naturally, or with surgery and/or medication.
Laura will be celebrating her first Mothers’ Day and is sharing her emotional journey to raise awareness of some of the misconceptions that still exist around fertility
“When I was first told in my twenties that I had male infertility I went in to a depressive state for a while,” admits Steven , aged 32. “I didn’t want anyone knowing. I thought ‘why am I even here if I can’t have a family?’”