Globozoospermia


GlobozoospermiaGlobozoospermia.......

Not a word you hear every day!! It may be a good one to put in your pocket for your next scrabble game though.

As I was reading about sperm abnormalities, I ran across this term. It basically means "round headed sperm" and men who suffer from this condition often struggle with infertility.

This happens because the irregularly shaped sperm struggle to penetrate the egg or even attach to the ovum. Reduced sperm motility also seems to be a common problem as well.

This is a rare condition that is often misdiagnosed or even missed altogether by doctors, however a recent study may help put an end to that. Researchers from the University of Dundee have actually found the genetic defect that leads to Globozoospermia. This is exciting news because doctors can now screen for the gene in hopes of solving the mystery of infertility for many men. Once a man is diagnosed with this syndrome, there are a couple of treatment plans available. The most common plan however is the process of injecting a single sperm into the egg during ovulation. When this treatment plan is used, there is a high chance of pregnancy; which is good news!

So.... if your partner's TTC journey has led him down the road to a semen analysis, make sure the doctors are checking for all potential mobility, motility and morphology issues; including Globozoospermia!

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