Does a hernia affect fertility?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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1749 posts
Bumble bee

I did some searching around, and it seems that infertility can be one of the complications, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a big chance of it happening. It just depends on what, if anything, got damaged. 

The only thing to do here is have your husband get checked out. Nobody here at Weddingbee, or anywhere else, really, is going to be able to tell you what you want to know. He just needs to get tested. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

KatesTheWord:  This is the information that we give out:

Fertility is usually not affected by an inguinal hernia or hernia surgery. But in males there is a chance that surgery or an incarcerated hernia can cause injury to the vas deferens , the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra. It is not yet known how often or to what degree this affects a man’s ability to father a child. In rare cases, surgery or an incarcerated hernia may injure the blood vessels that supply one or both testicles with blood, which may cause the affected testicle to shrink.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It can. The best thing to do is to make sure he is checked by a urologist, preferably one who speciliazes in male infertility (most do not). Mr. Lk’s hernia surgery resulted in a scar tissue blockage of the vas (diagnosed via SA, and subsequent exam + u/s).

The good news is that there are work arounds to this problem, if he does, in fact have an issue. Our original plan was to do reconstructive surgery. The surgeon was going to create a new path around the old blockage. However, pre-surgery bloodwork revealed that we have a production problem as well as a delivery problem. We didn’t want to put Mr. Lk through really painful surgery without good odds of eventual pregnancy, so we abandoned the surgery plan and are now moving on to IVF.

The other good news is that if your SO has an issue, and it’s solely a delivery problem (aka obstructive azoospermia), the IVF odds are very good.

But you are still a long way from that. You can ask your GYN to order a SA to get things started. If there’s an issue, the SA will let you know, and you can work from there (i.e. get an appointment with a urologist who specializes in MFI). Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

KatesTheWord:  You’re welcome. Hopefully all is well, and you will be worrying for nothing.

But if it’s not, you have viable options. The key is to work with a urologist who specializes in infertility. We wanted someone local, and found our specialist through http://www.ssmr.org/find-a-doctor.aspx . If you are lucky enough to live in NY or CA, the national leading experts are local to you. If not, make sure to ask how much continuing education the doctor has in this area and how they keep up with changes in the field. But, again, hopefully you won’t need to go down this road at all. Best wishes on getting pregnant!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

KatesTheWord:  Oh wow! My FI had hernia surgery when he was a kid too. I NEVER even thought of it affecting his fertility, we’re not going to start TTC until next summer/fall, but it’s something to think about.

Thank you for the information everyone!

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