Q: “I have just read the babyworld diary entry from the lady whose husband’s infertility was caused by a hernia operation as a child. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for six months, but he had a hernia operation when he was 18. Could this affect our chances?”
A: Hernia operations are extremely common and very few men suffer any complications. However, it is possible, rarely, for the blood supply to the testicle or vas deferens to be damaged. For a hernia operation to result in infertility, both sides need to be involved. This is very rare indeed, particularly in adults, so the answer to your question is almost certainly no. If your husband’s hernia was both sides and large, and if you are still worried, you can always discuss things with your GP and possibly arrange a semen analysis.
Steve Killick, Babyworld Fertility Expert
Question answered 29 March, 2001