Vasectomy and MS ? Antibody Problems ?

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Vasectomy and MS ? Antibody Problems ?

Postby HKeller » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:29 am

I have MS and I am thinking of getting a vasectomy.

One thing concerns me however.

"When a man has a vasectomy, his body continues to produce sperm. There is nowhere for this sperm to go and while some of it is reabsorbed, the amount produced can present some problems. In many men, this sperm builds up in the tail of the epididymis (a mushy sperm maturation organ connected to the testes). This leads to leaks in the epididymal lining. Sperm can then leak into areas they were never meant to be, and stimulate a different and stronger antibody response than is normal and seen during puberty.

You see, sperm is highly antigenic, meaning it stimulates a strong immune response. It is recognized by the man’s body as foreign. During puberty, some anti-sperm antibodies develop when the body is first exposed to sperm. Prior to this, the man’s immune system has never “seen” sperm. After puberty, the sperm are protected by a “blood-testes barrier”. When this barrier is broken by vasectomy and sperm are “presented” to the immune system, new anti-sperm antibodies are formed and the previous “normal” immune response becomes abnormal in strength, specific antibody types, and perseverance of response.



Read more: http://healthmad.com/uncategorized/immu ... z0xErU8xjO
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Here's my question

Assuming that MS is an auto-immune disease, and assuming my immune symtem cannot produce the antibodies to deal with the sperm, what then ?

Is it safe to have a vasectomy if you have MS ?

Will it work ? Anyone here (guys) who has had vasectomies and have MS and are fine ?

Thanks in advance.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:30 am

hi hk, sorry i can't provide input on the question, but i do have a couple... if i may ask.. how long since you were diagnosed, and what form of MS are you dealing with?
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Postby oreo » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:57 am

The author of this piece of tripe appears to be a psychiatrist. From the tone of the article I suspect he also wears a tin foil hat.

I have MS. I've had the procedure (about 25 years ago). No problems in all that time.
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Postby HKeller » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:57 am

Hello and thanks for the reply!

I have RRMS, dx in 2007, with symptoms 3-4 yes previous.

It's weird, but I thought with a compromised immune system, I'd have cold and sniffles pretty much all the time. However I tend to get a cold once a year, and perhaps flu every 3-4 years!
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Re: MS Immune Activation

Postby NHE » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:12 pm

HKeller wrote:I have RRMS, dx in 2007, with symptoms 3-4 yes previous.

It's weird, but I thought with a compromised immune system, I'd have cold and sniffles pretty much all the time. However I tend to get a cold once a year, and perhaps flu every 3-4 years!


MS does not really mean that one's immune system is compromised. More likely, the immune system is chronically activated due to ongoing damage in the central nervous system.

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