Bees, tell me your stories of getting BFP with DH fertility issues!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Peffy:  My husband was told that he had less than a 2% chance of getting me pregnant (count at 25% normal, morphology at 5%), now we’re pregnant with twins.  We were actually CBC, but you never know what life might throw at you 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Peffy: Hi there, we just started going to the doc for DH issues, not sure to call them fertility issues, but he has sub-average testosterone levels, low libido, performance issues to the point where he cannot finish. Anyhow, we were referred to an urologist and have an appointment coming up next month. Not sure, what he will recommend us as DH is opposed to taking drugs/medication. I’m afraid, if he cannot boost his T levels naturally and help our situation, our only option would be IUI. I’m trying to be optimistic that we would be able to conceive naturally. You guys have tried a lot longer than us and hope the specialist can give you some reasonable alternatives. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Peffy: Thanks I really hope so. It’s very frustrating!! Then I have these long cycles that make things worse. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Peffy: Actually no, I haven’t gone back to my OB/GYN since last July. I think if we don’t get pregnant in the next couple of months, I will make an appointment again especially with DH issues. Thanks for asking. At least now, they are more predictable around 40 days. Not the ideal case, but at at least not 78 days like one I had last year. My own diagnostic is that I might have low thyroid function, low estrogen and progesterone something along those lines with possible chronic stress which leads to an increase in my cortisol levels and shuts down the production of important ovarian hormones. That’s just my opinion!

I remember you from previous posts, how you been doing? How are you cycles like?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@candy11: my husband had similar issues… Low T, low libido, and rarely finished – almost never inside me 🙁

he went to a Urologist who prescribed him Testosterone shots while we were TTC… There is an article on WebMD about how they help you conceive —> it’s a lie! They make your husband sterile… So we lost 3-4 months of TTC… Even once we got him back to “normal” the finishing issue was still plaguing us… We would do everything possible to get him to finish then quickly try to get it inside me :/ TMI I know…

We got KU on our 13th cycle and are expecting a healthy baby boy June 8th… We found out we were pregnant 18DPO, the morning of our first fertility clinic appointment. I had tested negative on days 10,12,&14 so I should have been on my period and ready for some testing… I peed on one last stick just to be able to show the DR I wasn’t pregnant, but I was… He said that Hubs had decent sperm count numbers (a little slow, but good count) but with Hubs finishing issues we might be good candidates for at home IUI – or basically the turkey baster method…. I think I would have alleviated a lot of stress in the bedroom for sure!

good luck to you guys!!!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Peffy:  Are you taking prenatals? How much vitamin C do they contain?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@MySunshine: Thanks lady! I knew a bee who shared her story, you! I need to bookmark you or something lol. I’m very optimistic and full of faith that the urologist will help. It wil be interesting to see what the urologist recommends him since we are actively TTC. Congrats on your baby!

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Peffy:  When Dh and I underwent fertility testing his morphology was low, I believe it was 2% when the highest/  normal was supposed to be 5%.  RE recommended another SA as sometimes these numbers can be affected due to a person being just nervous.  Your RE might want to run his own tests before diagnosing you or your DH of anything.  After a second SA DH’s numbers were great and we proceeded with IUI treatment and got pregnant after our third IUI cycle.  We are now 28 weeks and expecting a boy.  Have faith, lady, just making the first move and going to a RE is a step closer to your BFP.  GL and I wish you the best and if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer. :))

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@candy11:  the testosterone made him feel great… But it also made him sterile… It works the same way that female birth control does… Basically tells the mans body that he has plenty of T and that it doesn’t need to make any more – which it should be made in the testes so when they stop making T they stop making sperm… 

A lot of old doctors do not know that it causes these side effects, because they used to believe it actually helped increase sperm production (hence the webMD article)… Unfortunately after a year or two on synthetic T the sterility can be irreversible! 

i thank god that I asked my OBGYN for help at 6 months and he recommended DH have a SA as the first step… DHs doctor had just retired and the new younger urologist had to break the bad news to us… I spent days crying…

DH started a weight lifting program with the local community college and did a lot of cardio too – working out is supposed to help naturally increase Testosterone production, but its not as nice as getting the shots that’s for sure… DH won’t be taking shots until we are completely done having kids…

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@MySunshine: If you don’t mind sharing, what T levels did your DH had?  

@MrsR4ever: Interesting, I believe the urologist might do a SA on DH according to the doc, so I’m glad to know what all these numbers mean.   

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@MySunshine: Sounds like you guys were very lucky. If testosterone makes him feel great but lowers the production of sperm, what good can it do to us. We are already trying to boost his testosterone naturally along with excercise, but this seems to just be a slow road up. Not sure, if it will help us in the short run like in the next 6 months. Perhaps, we should consider IUI more aggressively. Arrgg I would need to wait and see my OBGYN or RE and ask for her opinion.

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