Azoospermia is a medical condition of a man not having any measurable level of sperm in his semen. It is associated with very low levels of fertility or even sterility, but many forms are amenable to the male population and may be seen in up to 20% of male infertility solutions.
For 40-year-old Fawaz A Almousa from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the journey to parenthood was one of hope and triumph.”My wife and I began trying for a baby after we got married. I was 34 and she was 29; we were both healthy, non-smokers, fit and rarely drank. We didn’t expect to have any problems, but we couldn’t fall pregnant. After a year and a half of trying, we went to the doctor to see if there were any underlying issues.
What the doctors told Fawaz was deeply saddening: “I was told I had poor motility, which means the sperm don’t always move forward freely; poor morphology (shape); and a low sperm count.”
Research shows that Fawaz is not alone. Sperm counts from men across the world have halved in less than 40 years, with much of it linked to lifestyles, stress and diet to pesticides and plastics.
For Fawaz this news came as a total shock: “I had no idea that I had any issues in that area – especially as I’d always been fit and healthy – I felt absolutely awful when we were told that it was highly unlikely we’d ever be able to conceive naturally.” For the family, this was indeed a difficult time, where every day the burden got heavier and heavier. Family support was imminent to keep emotionally secure: “I had to try and deal with the burden while helping my wife, recounts Fawaz”
Taking matters into their own hands, the couple decided to visit India in search of alternative treatments. “We came to India in search of different treatments; basically we didn’t want to be limited to only one hospital.” Knowing full well the challenges they would encounter in India, Fawaz then contacted Vaidam to assist him in his search. “I got a call from Ibrahim Usmani, he spoke Arabic and was very helpful. It was only later that we got to know that he was our case manager”. After going through Fawad’s medical history, Ibrahim suggested many different hospitals. Of the hospital names shared, Fawad decided to get treated at Nova IVI Fertility Clinic.
Taking his request into account, Ibrahim decided to make the necessary appointment with the doctor at Nova, unfortunately, his first few attempts failed. “We tried getting an appointment a one of the best IVF center in India Nova Clinic for Mr. Fawad, unfortunately, the clinic has declined because the patient was traveling under a tourist Visa”, says Ibrahim.
Considering the odds, Ibrahim decided to approach IBS Multi-Speciality Hospital. This time, however, the hospital decided to take Fawad’s case with open arms. The first course of action was to conduct extensive tests to show the extent of infertility. Unfortunately for Fawad, his sperm count was on the lower side. The doctors at IBS decided to go ahead with Stem cell therapy to repair the damaged tissues with marrow from healthy tissues. “The entire procedure took less than an hour and did not hurt at all. After my procedure, the doctors explained how I was going to feel in the next few days and told me that I would have to return in 2 days for a follow-up check with tests if necessary.”
After Fawad’s second visit to the hospital, the doctors signed off his Stem cell therapy a success. “We are extremely pleased by the positive results we have seen. We will definitely go back to our home and tell people how you helped us here.” After over a month in India, Fawad and his wife returned to their home, expectedly hopeful about the future and particularly the next few months to come.
Vaidam would like to wish the family a happy and prosperous future.