Did you notice that this VERY famous actor was out of sight for a few days?
Well, there’s a reason for that.
He was in the hospital for a secret procedure… to have his sperm extracted!
Typically, this procedure is done on men who have had a vasectomy.
Rather than reversing the vasectomy, the sperm is retrieved using Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA), Percutaneous Sperm Aspiration (PESA), or Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE). Yes, it’s painful.
The doctors generally recommend against using the extracted sperm for artificial insemination, as the quantity of the sperm retrieved is very low. Instead, the sperm are usually used in IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).
Even with IVF, there has to be a perfect storm of biology and science to have a viable pregnancy, and this couple has several challenges.
Both of them are on the older side.
Our actor is over 40, and the volume, motility, and structure of sperm all decline with age.
His wife also has her challenges, as women’s fertility drops steeply after the age of 35, and underweight women have a more difficult time getting pregnant.
Even if his sperm is viable, her eggs are viable, and she is healthy, there is still less than a 50% chance per cycle that she will get pregnant.
So, in summary, it looks like our actor may have had a vasectomy but now wants descendants.
His sperm is going to be married with an egg in a laboratory. And – if all goes well – he and his new wife will have a baby next year!
It will be the first child for both of them.
BG Note: Not all men who undergo sperm extraction have had vasectomies.
Some have azoospermia, a medical condition where a man does not have any measurable level of sperm in his semen.
Azoospermia affects about 1% of the male population, and is associated with very low levels of fertility or even sterility.