(Closed) Need to hear some success stories

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t have any answers, but I just wanted to say I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.  This is difficult news to digest, and it certainly doesn’t help that DH is out of the country and AF is looming.  I believe that hamikay had some luck with the naturo helping her DH’s numbers, so that might be an option.  I’ll be hoping for the best for you!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I am so sorry =( SO sorry.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ugh. I am so sorry  you are dealing with this ๐Ÿ™ There is really no way to prepare for this type of news, and I’m sorry that you are now having to face this. Miracles happen every day, so you are doing the best thing possible by remaining optomistic.

The plus side is that your DH has sperm. I know there has been a couple bee’s on this board who found through SA that their DH had NO sperm. Like 0.

Are you up for continuing to TTC naturally, while saving for IVF as a last resort?

Big hugs my dear. I’m so sorry for the news. It really doesn’t come so easy for a lot of us, despite what we seem to think/hope for before entering this journey.

xo

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@picturemeurs:  I’m sorry about your DH’s results ๐Ÿ™  My DH had 1% morphology, and he cut back on smoking and took 3 Fertility Blend vitamins per day. After three months his SA came back normal, and shortly after we got a BFP.  I know everyone’s story is different but I hope this SA success story gives you a little hope. Hugs.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@picturemeurs:  i’m so sorry, lovely lady ๐Ÿ™  @hardtoconcentrate:  is right, my hubby had some low numbers, only one was officially under ‘normal range’ but the other two parts were low. He had just had the flu a month or so earlier, so we partly attributed it to that. But I also thank my Naturo for ‘fixing’ him too. He suffers from IBS and she said that the constant inflamation in his gut would be inhibiting sperm production, so she treated a lot of his stomache problems. She also gave him a new Multi-Vitamin, and told him to take a few other supplements like CoQ10. And, she got him to make soe lifestyle chages, we stopped using plastics and changed to glass containers, for instance. Something changed, his numbers went up after the next test, and more importantly, his libido went back up too.

I don’t know how healthy your hubby is, but their health is really important when it comes to TTC, especially if their SAs come back low – and I think a lot of people underestimate the role the man plays in it all. But, they also seem to respond fairly well to treatment and lifestyle and diet changes – so don’t lose hope!!!

All the very best, I’ll be checking in on you xx

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@picturemeurs:  I am so sorry you’re going through this.  Having been there, I know just how gutting it can be.  DH had NO sperm in his initial SA.  NONE.  He was referred to a urologist who suggested doing a biopsy to make sure he even makes sperm.  He did and we did another surgery to explore what was happening.  It was discovered he was blocked on both sides and the doctor was able to repair one side completely.  That was last February.  I got my BFP in July (with IUI, but that’s because I also have issues of my own).  I know our situations are a bit different, but do know that sometimes it can be fixed, without doing IVF with ICSI.  Doctors tend to jump right to that because it’s the easiest and has the best results.  They don’t like to factor cost into the equation.  As PP have said, there are ways to work around it without surgery.  I was even once told that Clomid can help.

Wishing you all the luck in the world!  Please feel free to DM me if you have any questiosns!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@picturemeurs:  I’m sorry you’re going through this.  We got the same results for my DH back in June and I was very sad.  In fact, it was the hardest part of my TTC journey so far.  I’m sorry. ๐Ÿ™ 

We’re doing IVF with ICSI now but did try some other steps first.  Here’s some of what I would recommend:

1) Get the test repeated.  If it’s really bad it will probably remain pretty bad, but we did find that there was some variability between my DH’s different results.

2) There are supplements that are recommended, many of which my DH tried.  There is FertileAid for men which is perhaps the easiest option.  It didn’t work for us, but has for some other people (I think probably people with less severe sperm issues).  We have also tried diet and lifestyle changes (no laptop on the lap, less alcohol and caffeine, etc.)…again, didn’t work for us but have worked for others.

3) See a urologist or an REI who focuses on male infertility (we’ve seen both).  They will be able to do some thinking about what might be the causes of your DH’s poor SA and potential solutions if there are any.  For my DH this involved the repair (interventional radiology embolectomy) of a large varicocele he had, testing of hormones (testosterone, etc.), and genetic testing (which was recommended for us because his counts were so bad).  The recommendations will be different for each person though, of course.

4) There is a great book that my DH and I both read called “How to Make Love toa a Plastic Cup: A Guy’s Guide to the World of Infertility.”  It is written by a man with a very low sperm count and is a sort of humorous take on the whole thing yet also educational. I think it helped my DH. A lot of it is about IVF though so may not be quite as applicable to you.

Feel free to PM me with any questions or for support! 

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@picturemeurs:  Sorry about the news.  ((((HUGS))))

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@picturemeurs:  I am so very sorry to be reading this. I don’t have any advice, but I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t even come close to imagining all the mixed emotions you must be feeling and I wish I could just reach through the computer and give you a hug. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@picturemeurs:  Thanks for posting this. I think this was exactly what I needed too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I can’t help with the success story, but I can wholeheartedly recommend seeing a fertility-friendly urologist. Often the root cause of a poor sperm count can be treated, although not always. It is worth the time and effort for sure.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@picturemeurs:  p.s. – if you can, see if perhaps you can get a referral to a urologist who specializes in fertility (or at least has it as an area of interest).  There are all sorts of urologists, some who know more about fertility than others.  Also, there are certain REI’s that specialize in male factor infertility too who may give an additional perspective.  We found our urologist and our REI (male infertility specialist) gave somewhat different explanations, advice, etc. 

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