MFI (Zero Sperm Count) Success Stories?

posted 6 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

ladyvictoria :  I am so sorry you are going through this.  From what I know one option when there is no sperm is a procedure called tese where they surgically remove the sperm from the testicles and then ivf would be needed. Your urologist will know if your dh is a canadate. You are fortunate your insurance covers ivf. I just had my baby as a result of IVF and we had to pay out of pocket. Ivf can be difficult but it wasnt as bad as I thought and very worth it for us! If they are unable to get any sperm, sperm donor is an option. I have a friend who went that route.  They have 2 kids now and are so happy. I know it’s not an option for eveyone but just that an option. I hope it doesnt come to that for you guys but if it does feel free to pm me. I could give you more info. I wish you guys the best of luck. hopefully the first SA was off. The good news is if your dh even has 1 sperm they can bank it and use it for ivf and use a procedure called icsi where they inject the egg with a single sperm . So you do have options  FX for you all is better with his next SA.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

ladyvictoria :  I wonder what kind of shape your husband is in and whether he works out. I say this because I know people who had trouble conceiving, but the husband started CrossFit, and he got his diet in order using Paleo. After about 6 months, they got pregnant.

I’m not saying this will happen in your case, but I know of two couples it happened for. So you might look into getting him in shape. It couldn’t hurt. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ladyvictoria :  I am sorry you are going through this. Infertility sucks big time (took me 2.5 years to get pregnant with my son – unexplained infertility)

Our fertility doctor recommended a suppliment called Proxeed. It has some success with improving sperm counts etc.

I know someone who had IVF with donor sperm because her husband had a very low count. They did get some sperm from a surgical removal, but it took 5 or 6 rounds of IVF for her to get pregnant. I can’t remember if in the end it was donor or husbands. Before they went for donor sperm they did go through a lot of counselling to see whether it was the right path for them.

 

What I will say though is give your husband some time and space to process this. As women we are often very practical and want to find a solution to the problem, such as getting him to work out more or eat this or wear that etc. For a man to have anything wrong with his fertility is a huge mind fuck and a massive blow to their mascalinity and ego. My husband lost a testicle to mumps and our infertility journey was tough on him thinking it was his ‘fault’ and that he was less of a man. By the time we were trying for #2 he had developed alopecia universalis and lost all his hair. If I had not got pregnant quickly second time round I think he would have just lost it tbh.

Don’t force him into anything yet, don’t ‘nag’ etc just let him process what he needs to.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ladyvictoria :  Good plan to have the doctor make recommendations and perhaps leave a few useful articles around the place for him to read and digest. My husband wanted a baby as much as me so a lot of the lifestyle changes he made while we were TTC were very driven by him.

Second time round he was really worried about whether to explore any treatment as it involved strong steriods and topical creams which would impact his fertility. Luckily I was pregnant by the time his appointment came through and the treatment seems to have worked for him and he has some re growth on his head.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

ladyvictoria :  we had MFI and conceived our daughter via IVF. We had an oops pregnancy when she was 9 months but miscarried. We just pulled the goalie and are trying for number 2 knowing we can do IVF again if needed. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you are very fortunate to have IF coverage.  that is HUGE.  my 2 children are IVF with ICSI.  we had both egg quality and sperm issues and paid mostly OOP for 3 rounds of IUI, 2 rounds of IVF, and 1 FET.

MFI can be no sperm or little sperm.  if no sperm, you will probably need to decide if you are ok with donor sperm.  if little amount of sperm is there, they can do TESE.  and then IVF with ICSI. 

good luck!

Post # 13
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m sorry!  We had male factor but not zero sperm count :/. We got pregnant with IVF and ICSI.  Sit back and wait for the doctor’s advice.  No use hounding your husband to exercise or take vitamins just yet.  He’s probably taking this harder than you know and those things might not make much difference anyway.  

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We went through IVF with ICSI for male factor infertility too. Do you know the cause of the zero sperm? My husband had very low count due to varicoceles (like varicose veins in the testicals). He had outpatient surgery to have them removed and it increased his total number but not the morphology, so we did IVF and had our daughter. Then a week ago we found out we are somehow pregnant naturally wth baby #2. So surreal! I know my husband took the news really hard and felt so guilty when he got the diagnosis. It was really hard for us both to go through. Give him some time to process. If there are zero sperm at all you may have to consider donor sperm or another option. Hopefully that’s not the case and you can do a TESE. Best of luck to you! 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

ladyvictoria :  take it one step at a time and keep an open mind. I thought I’d never agree to fertility treatment but when faced with the alternative I decided I could try IUI but not IVF. With my husband’s diagnosis and the failed IUI I was able to accept IVF was what I needed to do. It took 2 years to get there though. It’s important to think through what’s important to you and your husband – for me I really wanted to experience pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding so IVF was preferable to adoption. Other couples feel differently. 

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