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Are severe oligospermia and azoospermia the same?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 12/04/2018

No. Even in the most severe cases of oligospermia, a handful of sperm can be found in the semen analysis. Conversely, azoospermia means that the sperm count is zero.

For pregnancy to be possible with azoospermia, a testicular biopsy is required to see if retrieving sperms directly from the testicle is possible or not. If it isn’t, the only option to become a father is using donor sperm.

Suggested for you: Oligospermia Types – Mild, Moderate & Severe.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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