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Q: I had a question regarding permissibility in medicine under Hanafi Fiqh.

I am currently speaking to a sister about marriage and we have entered a point in our conversation where we are discussing our medical histories. I told her that I was born with cryptorchidism and had it treated when I was 6.5 years old. However, I am subject to a higher risk of infertility.

While the sister does not see it as an issue, I went to a urologist who said that the only way to check fertility is through a semen analysis.

Would it be permissible to conduct a semen analysis for the purposes of checking fertility in a risky case, such as in my situation? Would this subject me to any 'curse', similar to the one who touches himself for pleasure? Would this take away from the baraka in the marriage process? Would ihsan be to leave it unchecked & trust in Allah or would ihsan be to conduct the semen analysis to protect a sister from the risk of marrying a potentially infertile man?

In plain terms, I will be required to masturbate into a cup so that the urologist can check my semen for fertility.

If this is the only method to determine treatment and there is no alternative then it will be permissible to do this. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah, Vol 27, page 333/334)

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best


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