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Infertility

Concerning having children

04/28/2008

Question:

My fiance and I have been trying to have kids for awhile now. We havent had much luck yet and I was woundering if this was do to a growin hernia that I have. I have asked my doctor this before but he always seems to avoid answerring me. Please give me some advice.

Answer:

If you have been attempting to conceive for more than 1 year without success, an infertility work-up would be appropriate.  This would consist of a semen analysis in you to assess sperm count, movement and appearance.  Your wife would have testing to see if she ovulates, as well as a dye test to see if the tubes are open.  If your semen analysis were normal, it would be unlikely that your hernia would have any impact on your infertility. 

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Response by:

Daniel B Williams, MD Daniel B Williams, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati