Radio star fights back tears on air after finding out he has a ‘dangerously low’ sperm count
- Nick Allen-Ducat found out he’s nearly infertile
- He took a fertility test for a radio stunt
A radio host who found out he has a ‘dangerously low’ sperm count has fought back tears during an emotional broadcast.
Newcastle Hit 106.9 host Nick Allen-Ducat, 31, took a fertility test as part of an on-air stunt and was not expecting the heartwrenching results.
One of his two co-hosts, Jess Farchione, told Hit’s audience she was having trouble falling pregnant so her husband got a fertility test.
For a laugh, Nick and third co-host Nick Gill decided to get a test as well.
The next day he received the news his sperm count was past the ‘red line’.
‘When you do a sample like this, a millilitre sample, 15 million sperm is the norm,’ he told his dad, A Current Affair host Chris Allen, on Thursday.
‘[The doctor] essentially called me and said ‘we’ve found 20’. I went ‘20,000? What are we talking here?’ and it was two-zero .’
Nick Allen-Ducat (pictured with wife Morgan) found out he’s nearly infertile after radio stunt
Nick said the news sent him into ‘survival mode’ and destroyed the plans he and his wife, Morgan, had to start a family next year.
The news was only worsened after the couple found out the low sperm count is likely due to a genetic mutation in Nick’s Y-chromosome.
Newcastle Hit 106.9 bosses told him they could bury the whole fertility stunt so the sensitive topic wouldn’t come up on air.
However, just days later Nick bravely told listeners the truth as a way to inspire other men struggling with infertility.
‘We haven’t even started [trying for a baby] and we’re struggling, like really hard,’ he said, fighting back tears.
‘We’ve got our health and all that sort of stuff. I’m not trying to sit there and say “woe is me”, I’m really not.
‘There’s just a lot of things at play here, there’s a lot of deep things going on.’
Nick explained how the genetic causation means if he had a son, he would likely suffer the same fertility issues.
‘My dad doesn’t have it, I don’t have any brothers. they think it’s just started with me,’ he said.
‘To bring a child into the world knowing that is a real head trip for me because it feels almost cruel.
Nick (above) told listeners about his low sperm count and the issues that come with it in a bid to raise awareness
‘It’s a lot to take in.’
Despite all the odds, Nick has stayed positive and he and his wife are looking into IVF treatments for next year.
‘I’ve been stopped by people in the street who say they have lined up to get tested after hearing my story,’ he said.
‘Now I say, well at the end of the day it only takes one swimmer to work. So if you have one, you have a chance.’