[quote=scaredguyhelp]Thank you Shana. I haven’t had blood test yet. I am set to have an ultra sound this coming Thursday. Fingers crossed*
I am a heavy smoker and I just quit last week, smoking 15-20 sticks per day. Are there any instances that smoking causes azoo?[/quote]
Smoking can trigger early menopause in women and low sperm counts in men. It’s just not friendly to the gonads of either gender. I have a friend who found she was infertile (in menopause) at 38, which is not just very early in general but early for her family too, and apparently it’s likely because she’d been smoking heavily since the age of 12.
But I don’t know if it causes azoospermia (no sperm) as opposed to oligospermia (low sperm). The answer to that question for you should come in 3-6 months, since you’ve quit and it takes at least 3 months for dietary/health changes to register in your sperm. That’s because it takes about 3 months for each new “crop” of sperm to develop and reach maturity. So if you bounce back quickly after quitting smoking it could be in as little as 3 months, whereas if you bounce back less quickly you may need to wait another 3 months to see a change.
Since it’s entirely possible that your overall health improvements could improve your fertility, you might want to go whole hog and dedicate the next 3-6 months to improving your diet and such. (Make sure you take vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc–those are the “sperm vitamins”).
I’m glad to hear your doctor prescribed a testicular ultrasound. In addition to getting a better idea of how things are “wired” in there, the ultrasound can diagnose you or give you the all-clear when it comes to testicular cancer. My DH was diagnosed with azoospermia and it turned out it was due to testicular cancer, which was spotted on the ultrasound. That’s rare but it can happen. He’s totally fine now, but there’s pretty much no medical test that’s cheaper or less invasive than an ultrasound, and it’s the gold standard when it comes to checking the testicles for tumors.