FI has low T. Want to start TTC in Summer 2018. What should we do to prepare?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

For you they may want to test thyroid, iron, and CD3 FSH (I think the FSH shows ovarian reserve, others are important for maintaining pregnancy).

Presumably for your FH they will want to do a SA, and/or start treating him for the lowT? I don’t know if his GP can do the SA or not, but I think it would be good to try because (at least where I live) most doctors won’t refer to a RE right away unless there is a known problem, make you try first.

If you end up needing help they might do more stuff on you to check that your ovaries/uterus/tubes look good, but initially probably not. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

It’s hard to get medical providers to do any testing unless you have tried unsuccessfully for at least 6 months but low T commonly causes issues with sperm.  He could try to talk his general doctor into a SA to check?  My Darling Husband did not know he had low T until we started testing bc we weren’t getting pregnant.  He is on meds that have helped the testosterone but haven’t really helped the sperm … He has been on meds since March so it probably isn’t going to help us but they do say the meds can take 3-6 months to make a difference.  If your husband just goes to a general doctor to check testosterone make sure he tells them about ttc because I understand they treat the issue differently for ttc. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

P.s. I didn’t need a referral and was 35 so at 6 months I went straight to an RE and my husband to a urologist specializing in infertility to avoid wasting time.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Be careful getting your Darling Husband on synthetic testosterone. When we started ttc #3 I went back to my RE and he specifically asked if Darling Husband was on testosterone. When I told him yes, he said he needs to get off of it right away if we want any more kids. Apparently when they take synthetic T, their brain is basically sensing that there’s enough T so it doesn’t think it needs to work to produce any more, and that is also the part of the brain that is in charge of sperm production, so none of that (or much less) is produced also. I did some research and apparently long term use of synthetic T can cause sterility. Imagine how I felt learning that after Darling Husband had been taking T for over two years! I believe that if he really needs it, there are other things he can take for helping with sperm production while ttc but I’m not sure. I would get him with a fertility specialist and not a GP or urologist. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

MrsMonty11 :  this is true, my Darling Husband takes clomid not synthetic testosterone.  

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