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Successful Treatment for CBAVD

There is a common assumption that when a couple is having difficulty getting pregnant, it is a problem associated with the female partner. This is not at all the case -- in fact, male infertility accounts for 40 to 50 percent of all infertility cases.

Causes of male infertility may include:

  • Hormonal insufficiencies
  • Environmental factors
  • Poor general health
  • Inability to produce viable sperm

Azoospermia, a condition that only affects about 1% of males, is characterized by zero sperm count. Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens, or CBAVD, is responsible for approximately thirty percent of cases of obstructive azoospermia. It is a genetic condition in which part of the male reproductive organs known as the vas deferens fail to develop properly. The sperm is still being produced, but it does not travel the expected pathway to facilitate release, leaving the male in much the same situation that he would be if he’d had a vasectomy – only the condition is not reversible.

Natan Bar-Chama, MD, Urologist & Male Infertility Specialist with RMA of New York, blogged about his experience successfully treating a couple with CBAVD.

Following IVF and ICSI, they gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Read Dr. Bar-Chama’s blog here.

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