• Question: Hi my name is Dakarai. My question is... if sperm stops producing due to an accident, would there be a way for the person to start producing sperm cells again?

    Asked by dmckenzie to Michael, Ioana on 21 Mar 2020.
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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 21 Mar 2020:


      Hi, Dakarai, thank you for this question, it’s very interesting! I’m afraid I don’t know enough details about the kind of accident (I’m assuming you meant traumatic, but the kind of trauma might be important too) and the mechanisms leading to sperm not being produced anymore.

      Here, there is huge difference between the trauma causing an obstruction in the way of the sperm getting out of the body (in which case there are still normal sperm cells in the testicles) and the trauma causing the testicles to not produce sperm cells anymore. In the first scenario, I think it might still possible either to remove the obstruction or, under special circumstances, collect sperm directly from the testicles.

      If it’s the second scenario, I’m afraid I really don’t have a response. It is definitely not my area of expertise and just because I can’t figure out how you could restore sperm production into a damaged testicle, it doesn’t mean there is no way.

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