Post # 1
We decided to start TTC in October but I have baby fever BAD right now! I’m in my early 20’s Darling Husband is 38 and I’m constantly worrying about his fertility and google does not help. I really want to run a marathon before TTC but I really really want to start trying like NOW! I have a pap test tomorrow do to abnormal cells I have a pap every 3 months. So I am thinking about asking my doc if she will right a referel to our locor lab to get my DH’s sperm tested. What do you all think good or bad idea? I told my Darling Husband my plan and he laughed but I’m super serious. What is the average cost to have it done? We pay for our own insurance so we would be paying for the test out of pocket our deductable is high.
Post # 3
It’s not very expensive, but it’s not really necessary unless you guys have problems.
Post # 4
Seems a little early to ask for that. I would try for a couple months before you start testing everything. His age really isn’t a factor btw. The male species is nothing like us.
Post # 5
I agree that it’s a bit early to do it if you haven’t had any problems yet.
Post # 6
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Yeah I would try getting pregnant for 4-6 months before getting sperm analysis. In Canada I know they wont do it unless you have demonstrated infertility for a year (or so I’ve heard).
Post # 7
Well here’s the thing, everyone says a woman in her late 30’s shouldn’t hesitate to go to an RE over an OB due to her age for tests etc so I think the same can be said for men. We only paid $150 for Darling Husband and his insurance actually covered some so we were reimbursed $75 afterwards. I’d say it wouldn’t hurt and it’s the easiest test to do.
Edit: I understand to some age isn’t an issue in men. However Darling Husband is a healthy, active 28 year old that had a poor SA. Had we known earlier in our journey it would have saved some pain and heartbreak. The $150 expense is nothing as knowing ahead of time maybe beneficial to some. Especially to those of us who tried for over 18 mths.
Post # 8
My husband’s insurance covered his completely. My GYN told me that typically you have to wait to have demonstrated issues with getting pregnant. And, more often than not, they treat the woman first because “it’s easier”. For us, we’re both dealing with infertility, so it would and wouldn’t have done us much good to get him tested early.
But, if age is the only factor, I wouldn’t just jump into it. Try on your own and see what happens.
Post # 9
At this stage in the game I think doing so would be extremely premature. Unless he demonstrates an issue that wouldn’t be the first conclusion to jump to.
Post # 10
@MarryMeTiffany: I don’t think it makes sense to do it now, since you haven’t TTC at all… however, if you don’t conceive after a few months of trying and you can afford it, I think it *might* be worth it just for your peace of mind. 50% of infertility problems are male-related (regardless of age), and my understanding is that SA is one of the least expensive and least invasive tests. Most docs will tell you to wait a year though… I am almost 34 and my doc told me that if we haven’t conceived in 8 months to have Darling Husband get a sperm analysis – that was her recommended starting point.