(Closed) SA for DH – retest?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would say that if it was fine two years ago then it’s likely still good. But then if it helps put your mind at ease, it might be a good idea!

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

kdkpup:  I wouldn’t have it redone, at this point. Why was it done 2 years ago? Were you TTC then and having problems? It seems unlikely that his counts went from fine to bad in two years when he’s being healthier. You’re only 5 months in and it takes 6-12 months, on average, for couples that don’t have issues, so you’re well within the normal range, at this point. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

kdkpup:  Gotcha, if he had it done because you guys had problems, in the past, I might get it redone, but if it was just in anticipation of TTC, I would just stick it out for a few more months. We’re on our thrid cycle of TTC, and it can be hard to be patient. I find it helpful to assume that it’s going to take us 9 months to get pregnant, so if it comes earlier than that, then I’m just pleasantly surprised! Sometimes easier said that done, but it’s helped me, thus far. I also got a great suggestion from another bee who had a policy with her husband that they went out for a date night when she got her period, so she had something to look forward to!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Are SA typically covered by insurance or are they expensive?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

kdkpup:  My Darling Husband had one when we first went to a fertility specialist when we first started TTC (we went into TTC knowing that I would have trouble falling pregnant). It came back normal. We didn’t do a trial wash. Nearly 2 yrs later he had another one with a trial wash when we went to a different specialist. It came back with very low morphology and now we need to move to IVF. I think it’s an easy test and worth it if you are concerned. I’m sure after a yr TTC if you weren’t successful your dr would look at that first. Personally I’d prefer to stay on top of it and know sooner rather than later but that’s just me 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

meadow_jersey:  I’m wondering the same thing.  Maybe Novella  could shed some light?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

kb7:  Sorry I’m in Australia and I don’t remember paying anything for them. There is a chance my specialist bulk billed for them or they weren’t much because of Medicare. Don’t remember though. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

meadow_jersey:  kb7:  Our SAs have all been covered by our insurance. Our insurance doesn’t have any “fertility” coverage, but it will cover our diagnostic tests and procedures. According to our last lab bill, the lab billed $400 for the test, and insurance paid $250 for it. If your insurance does not cover it, contact several labs and ask what their cash prices are. Many places have a different rate for cash payments.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The only reason Id retest is if he’s been exposed to things that would lower his count…extreme repetative heat, chemicals at his job etc. my friends husband is a firefighter and within two years his count had changed so much they had to start doing IUIs. Apparently extreme heat is one of the top culprits of sperm production. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

kdkpup:  Is there any reason to think something is wrong now that wasn’t wrong 2 years ago. Has your Fiance gained a significant amount of weight, or lost a lot of weight without explanation? Have his moods changed significantly (crying more easily, more prone to depression-like symptoms, etc.)? Has his energy level dropped significantly (spends the entire weekend asleep on the couch every weekend)? Sex drive decreased? Is he handling nasty chemicals frequently or hanging out in a sauana every day? While it is definitely possible to go from a good SA to a bad SA in 2 years, there are usually other easily observable changes that can be used as indicators of a change that could be problematic. If there’s no real reason to be concerned, then maybe you just need to be patient.

On another note, make sure he is eating a diet high in antioxidant foods (berries, citrus fruits, matcha tea, beets, etc.), keeping the boys cool, limiting alcohol to no more than 2 drinks at a time and no more than 2 times a week, and taking a good multivitamin every day. Taking care of himself is a fantastic way to help your conception odds. Good luck!

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