Post # 1
Without getting long winded, my DH and I have been TTC for 7 months (would be 8, but we took a month off), got an SA and came back with really low sperm count. Ultrasound and exam showed nothing of concern anatomically, however the bloodwork came back with some troubling results…
DH has really low testosterone, high prolactin levels and low LH, which the doctor has said is pointing to a pituitary gland problem. And is ordering an MRI to check it out. We are going to talk about the results tomorrow (we just got them over the phone today). Googling around isn’t really giving me any ideas of what it could be and HOW to fix it for fertility…
I’m just wondering if anyone here has had similar results and can weight in? I’m worried that this might be the end of the line for us TTC “naturally”.
Post # 3
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He’ll probably be referred to an endocrinologist who will give him drugs specific to pituitary production. I think a lot of men are put on Clomid <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clomifene”>in this situation</a>. Funny enough, it’s the same drug given to women needing fertility treatments because it inhibits estrogen production and promotes progesterone for follicle growth and ovulation. For men, it helps with testosterone production inhibiting other hormone production (I think.).
Post # 4
So sorry about the SA results. I don’t know anything about that but I just wanted to say that a lot of male factor issues can be fixed and are not permanent, so hopefully this will be the case for your DH. Hope you get your BFP very soon! xox
Post # 5
Sending over some baby dust for you… I am really sorry to hear abt what you and your DH are going through. Who knew TTC would be so taxing!?
Post # 6
@wandering_gypsy: Sorry to hear about the SA. I have no info to share on that one but DH has low motility. It can be devastating for a guy to hear that they can’t get their wife pregnant….DH just told me this last week and he’d been keeping it inside for months now.
I would definitely get him into a doctor. Not just for fertility reasons but overall health. DH’s dad had low T and was always feeling sluggish. He was put on something and has more energy now. He wasn’t diagnosed until early 40s.
Post # 7
Sorry about the results. I agree with PP- an Endocrinologist is the person to see! I think medication is an option and I wouldn’t rule out conceiving naturally just yet! Sticky baby dust to you!
Post # 8
Thanks for all the support everyone! We’re going to talk to his Urologist today and hopefully get a better picture of what he’s thinking long term…
@cherrypie: this is what I’m wondering too, I’ve read quite a bit on it and I know traditional lowT treatment is a no-go if we are TTC.
@hardtoconcentrate: Thank you. I hope so too.
@Sasha2011: Thank you. 🙂 I always had a feeling it would be difficult, DH’s parents were told they couldn’t have kids and didn’t actually get pregnant until 12 years later and then again 4 years after that! (they had decided on adoption by then and already adopted two kids!)
@texasbee: We’ve been seeing a specialist, so no worries there. Thank you, and I’m trying to be super supportive and trying to make him feel like it’s not his fault (it isn’t, it’s just genetics I’m thinking). But I know I would be feeling pretty badly about myself if it was me.
@salmonofmarriage: thank you. I don’t even mind at this point trying alternative options if it’s whats best, I just hate the back and forth until we get to that point. The waiting is killing me.
Post # 9
I’m sorry to hear that you are going through this. I found out earlier this year after we started to TTC that I have a pituitary tumor that is causing high prolactin. To confirm, your husbands’ doctor will likely order an MRI and then refer him to an endocrinologist who will create a treatment plan. The good news is that these rumors are almost always benign and the symptoms can be controlled with medication. I knows it’s a sucky situation when all you want is a BFP and you can’t get it.
Post # 10
@wandering_gypsy: I hope you get some helpful answers. How were his FSH numbers? My DH’s were really high, so they couldn’t do much for him medically. Does the urologist specialize in MFI? DH’s first urologist just did general stuff, and her initial diagnosis was not accurate. Many of us on the 1+ board are dealing with MF issues (some of us having to move straight to IVF). If you need some MF support, come join us over there. We’re not picky about whether it actually has been 1 year since you started TTC. We found out DH had MFI before we were ever TTC, and since I knew we’d need all the bells and whistles, I joined the board as soon as we started the process and would have been lost without their support.
Post # 11
@HopefulForLittleOne: I don’t think he’s ordered a test for FSH yet, they’ve just talked about an MRI so far. As far as I know he doesn’t specialize in MFI, we live in a tiny town so we only have a few options doctor wise. If we feel like we need a second opinion (brain surgery should probably require a second opinion) we will definitely look at one of the nearest cities for specialists. Thanks for the info and kind words. I’ll probably poke my head into the 1+ thread, we’re getting up to the year mark anyway. I try to stay off the boards as much as I can, it makes me too depressed, but it might be worth stopping in. 🙂
Post # 12
@wandering_gypsy: I avoid POAS or squinter threads, but I love love love the 1+ thread. The ladies there are really lovely, and it’s not all TTC all the time. I’d have lost my mind three times over if it wasn’t for their support.