Male factor infertility

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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby vraklis » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:38 am

Angelbaby, that is incredible! So happy for you guys! Did DH do anything different between the first two SA's or did the count just go up on it's ow for the second one? Sounds like that Fertility Blend for men is really working, and I'm really impressed it worked so quickly since it usually takes 3 months to see a difference. Keep us updated--can't wait to hear what happens at the end of your TWW! :)
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby kdbriner » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:26 pm

Hello Once again :/

So sorry it has been a while since i have really had time to review responses or post any of my own so here it goes!
vraklis-Thank you for the reply :) I actually called the UR about a week and a half ago to 'sort of' ;) complain about the lack of compassion/attention/basically everything the UR did not do that i felt he should have. I also mention the high white blood count, that they did not bring up and the blood in urine, at this the nurses voice changed and was like 'the white blood count was high?' and then paused like he was looking something up and said he would give me a call first thing that morning. Needless to say that i did not get a call and so i called again! On this call the nurse said, 'did noone call you? I thought they had.' anyway what he basically said is that the UR did not feel the need to test since the RE would just repeat the tests whether the UR did them or not!!! OMGGG I was livid at this point and just hung up the phone. WELL I got the bill in just the other day...330 DOLLARS!!! I was highly livid about this as well seeing as how all that was done was a physical and referral(could have done that myself!!). I might as well have done it by myself because the RE he referred us to? Doesnt need a referral for an appointment!! How did i find this out?? I took the iniciative to call and make an appointment myself when i did not get a promised followup call on said referral from the UR office. So as of right now insurance does not cover this and i am refusing to pay $330 for the UR giving my husband a handjob and a refferal(10 min in the office with doctor total...2 hours waiting)...ANYWAYS im off my soapbox for tonight...we have an appointment set up for May 9th with the RE so hopefully we will get to pay off everything in payments versus all at once because honestly im at a loss of how to come up with any of the money :/ And as for my thyroid i got the results(physical copies to fax to RE) and everything is normal i would say...lately my thyroid has made my throat feel like its swelling up...gets annoying more than anything so i do think i will ask for additional testing as to what that could be. Congratulations btw!!
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby Angelbaby77 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:55 am

vraklis wrote:Angelbaby, that is incredible! So happy for you guys! Did DH do anything different between the first two SA's or did the count just go up on it's ow for the second one? Sounds like that Fertility Blend for men is really working, and I'm really impressed it worked so quickly since it usually takes 3 months to see a difference. Keep us updated--can't wait to hear what happens at the end of your TWW! :)


Thank you! No, we didn't really do anything different between the 1st and 2nd IUI...his count just went up naturally. We did take a cycle off between the 2nd and 3rd...so maybe that also helped with his stress level both personally and at work. But I think the Fertility Blend (and the boxers didn't hurt either...especially since he has muscular thighs and gives off a lot of heat) definitely helped a LOT. It got rave reviews on Amazon...that's why I chose it.

I'll keep you updated!
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Me: 31 (hypothyroidism - unexplained infertility)
Husband: 31 (low motility--has since gone up drastically from taking multi vitamins)

Off BC since Feb. '12
Seriously started trying June '12
Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism Nov. '12
Started taking Synthroid 50
HSG Test Dec. '12 (all clear)

IUI #1 (Jan. '13): w/ Chlomid = BFN
Started Acupuncture
IUI #2 (Feb. '13): w/ Letrozole= BFN (late 3 days)
Taking March off
IUI #3 (April. '13): w/ Letrozole + 19mill count (more than doubled since last time!) = BFN (late 3 days)
*Switched RE/clinics (best decision ever!)*
Tried naturally (May '13): BFN
IUI #4 w/ Injectibles (end May/June '13) = BFN

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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby lovebabytime » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:55 pm

Hello ladies. We are most likely suffering from MFI. I say most likely because Dh had a really really really hard time spunking in a cup. Sorry tmi! We tried the male factor condom the first time, he used it on his own during the collection method. But when it came over alot of semen was left on him and it was messy! Anyway we turned it in anyhow, and it came back at just 2 million. I was floored. So for the second test we decided to get a hotel room near by, well we soon learned that gravity does not work well. I had to scrape it off the sheets. Ran it in and it came back at 700,000 :(. So obviously we have a collection problem (that gives a real number) but I still think we have some MFI issues. All my tests came back good. I am 33 and feel my clock ticking. He is going to a urologist now that specializes in infertility. His bloodworm came back low T to E ratio. So they put him on anastrozle. Now it's time for another dreaded SA, and DH is procrastinating!!! It's been 3 years of this and I don't know how much more I can take!!! I have him on vitamins when he will take them!!! And not to mention is a smoker and significantly over weight. I love him so much, but this is devasting to me and our marriage. We were very blessed and lucky to have a little girl 5 years ago. Time is running out and I feel so helpless cause its all on his side and I don't feel like he is working to fix it. We have been together 16 years I pray this will not destroy us :,(... And I have opened up to me completely about how I feel. He has a reason for everything! It's like our only option is IVF or adoption both cost over 25k. I really think I should throw in the towel. I mean at least if it were me I could and would do anything! And to extinct I have. I quit running, I tried eating whole foods, I cut out diet drinks. It's just not fair and hurts so bad...
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby VPatel » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:21 am

Hi lovebabytime,

I am really sorry to read your post. I know it is really hard this journey can be soul sucking at times - everyone here will understand your feelings. I was wondering whether your DH could produce the sample at the clinic itself? Without a proper sample you won't really know what you are working with. It's good that he is going to see a urologist at least you can hope to get some more information/answers/help from that angle :) It may just be the missing piece of the puzzle! :)

Is he trying to quit smoking? Or to lose weight? Its not nice that you feel this is putting a gap between the top of you :( Couples should be 100% together in this. Does he genuinely understand your feelings around this subject? Try to bridge the gap (i know thats so much easier said then done) because having each others support is so important. You will need him and vice versa. If he wants to have the addition to the family they he has to help you guys by committing to certain things (just like you have).

Stay positive ok. And you can always vent in here - we are all here for you. Let us know how things are going with you! FX for you infinity times over!!! xxx
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby shiftworker29 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:27 pm

Hey ladies just an update. Started my first round of clomid today 50mg days 3-7. Here's hoping it works and gets me to ovulate! Hoping DHs numbers are good this month. We've been trying for 13mos and we found out 3 mos ago I am not ovulating and he has low concentration! Hoping day 21 blood work comes back after clonid as ovulated! Good luck to all
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Me 31 DH 30 Done 3 rounds clomid.
BFP June 12/13 round 2 of clomid (sadly mc at 6weeks)
Took 2 cycles off clomid and met with clinic starting 3 more rounds of clomid 50mg days 3-7. Hope we get lucky again!
Mar/14 IUI #1 50 mg clomid 15mil post wash BFN
April/14 IUI #2 currently in tww 100mg clomid this time post wash count 19mil
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby Angelbaby77 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:52 am

Just a quick update....

Three days late again (from being on the Letrozole) and BFN. Very discouraging since the DR said the timing was perfect....I had three large eggs (two from the left ovary this time, instead of right like normal) and my husband's sperm count almost tripled. He had gone from 5mill for the first IUI....7 million the second...and this last time was 19 MILLION!

SO, I think we are going to try on our own again this month. Now that I know his sperm are doing much better (he's been taking FertilityBlend and wearing boxers more often) I feel like we may have a better shot on our own then ever before. In the meantime, I think we're going to consult with a different DR to get his opinion. I'm going to go back to temping and using the OPKs.

Fingers crossed again...I'll be back to update in a few weeks!
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Me: 31 (hypothyroidism - unexplained infertility)
Husband: 31 (low motility--has since gone up drastically from taking multi vitamins)

Off BC since Feb. '12
Seriously started trying June '12
Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism Nov. '12
Started taking Synthroid 50
HSG Test Dec. '12 (all clear)

IUI #1 (Jan. '13): w/ Chlomid = BFN
Started Acupuncture
IUI #2 (Feb. '13): w/ Letrozole= BFN (late 3 days)
Taking March off
IUI #3 (April. '13): w/ Letrozole + 19mill count (more than doubled since last time!) = BFN (late 3 days)
*Switched RE/clinics (best decision ever!)*
Tried naturally (May '13): BFN
IUI #4 w/ Injectibles (end May/June '13) = BFN

IVF #1
Transferred two 5-cell embryos on day 3
:bfp: :) :) :)
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby Sarah15j » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:38 am

Hello everyone! This is my first time on here, I was hoping that we would fall pregnant easily therefore not needing to come on here to vent but that isn't happening and I need to talk to people who understand so I apologise in advance for my little vent that I am about to have!

My DH (30) and I (25) have been trying to conceive for 14 months and just today we had our first appointment with our fertility specialist after all our initial bloods/SA. We had no idea what to expect when we walked in but I immediately knew it wasn't very good news because there was an extra nurse in the room. After some very useless questions and explanations from the doc, he proceeded to tell us that there was zero sperm found in DH's SA after extensive searching. He threw so much info at us in that short amount of time that we can't remember half of what he told us other than we were extremely shocked and devastated. DH had another blood test to test whether he is a cystic fibrosis gene carrier and I can't remember why this could affect sperm production :? We have to go back in early June to have another SA and we are praying that at least 1 sperm is present so we can at give ivf a go!

I'm so sorry for the very long winded story but like I said earlier, I needed to vent to people who would understand what we are going through. How do you deal with being told that it is nearly impossible to have children?!?!?!
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby skye skye » Mon May 06, 2013 10:50 am

Hey girls, thought I'd share - not sure if this is our problem or not, but I'm starting to wonder. DF was diagnosed with low testosterone 3 years ago and has since been on clomid to help with that. Yes I know, kind of crazy the medication they have him on - but so far it's working pretty well to increase his levels. They went from 180 up to 500, so he's still on the lower end. He couldn't have taken what they normally give (straight testosterone) because it would have caused us problems TTC. Well due to him being on the meds for low T, he has done a few SA's - and they've come back that his motility is only at 33%, which is low. His doctor is saying that it shouldn't cause any problems in us getting pregnant. We're now four months in TTC and nothing - I know I'm ovulating because I'm getting +OPK's, I have SUPER regular 28 day cycles, my LP is long enough (12-13 days)...and I've been pregnant 3 times in the past (but not with DF). So I really doubt there's anything wrong with me. I'm really starting to worry that DF's issues are causing us problems - I know they say that it can take up to a year to conceive BUT I've gotten pregnant super easy in the past, this is strange for me. I'm really starting to wonder what's really going on. I can't imagine what I'd do if we found out we can't get pregnant naturally. I'm totally against infertility treatments (ie: IUI, IVF, etc). This is such a scary thought...how do you girls deal with it?
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby shiftworker29 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:55 pm

Just an update I got my BFP wed.....totally shocked thought I was out had bleeding thought it was AF filled 3 clomid prescription...but stopped bleeding so didn't take it....was mad I couldn't start clomid....had heart urn all day Tuesday took FRER and had a faint BFP.....took another one and digital next morning PREGNANT 1-2 weeks got first beta only 14 but believe I am wrong on dates so actually earlier then I thought! Get 2nd beta results hopefully tomorrow! Good luck everyone!
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Me 31 DH 30 Done 3 rounds clomid.
BFP June 12/13 round 2 of clomid (sadly mc at 6weeks)
Took 2 cycles off clomid and met with clinic starting 3 more rounds of clomid 50mg days 3-7. Hope we get lucky again!
Mar/14 IUI #1 50 mg clomid 15mil post wash BFN
April/14 IUI #2 currently in tww 100mg clomid this time post wash count 19mil
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby skye skye » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:29 am

Congrats ShiftWorker!!

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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby shiftworker29 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:01 pm

Sadly ending in miscarriage last week....once bleeding stops we are trying again! Good luck all
TTC #1 Since Mar/2012
Me 31 DH 30 Done 3 rounds clomid.
BFP June 12/13 round 2 of clomid (sadly mc at 6weeks)
Took 2 cycles off clomid and met with clinic starting 3 more rounds of clomid 50mg days 3-7. Hope we get lucky again!
Mar/14 IUI #1 50 mg clomid 15mil post wash BFN
April/14 IUI #2 currently in tww 100mg clomid this time post wash count 19mil
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Re: Male factor infertility

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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby dazzyshahu » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:47 am

Hi friend, I am feeling pity and pain regarding your male infertility issue. I can understand your problem in easy and effective. I am one of the unlucky women who face this male infertility problem in my husband life. This is very horrible problem that ruins my life day by day. We try many effective method but not succeed this fulfill my life with sadness and emptiness. I am feeling proud to help you to solve your problem on behalf of my personal life experience. It is not easy job to handle the stress and depression due to this male infertility problem. The most important thing is to understand your husband feelings and physical needs requirement very well. You should not lose hope. You can easily overcome with this horrible problem in positive way. It is not easy job to handle this horrible situation without stress and depression. It is not childish act to manage stress and depression in professional way. I want to express kind heart thanks to God to understand my problem and provide best in class treatment to overcome this horrible situation in my life.
It is to be planning treatment to handle this male infertility problem. It is very important to have couple healthy lifestyle with morning walk and easy exercise that is sufficient to provide proper blood supply to and reproduction system working. You should be very informative to understand each and every signal of your body in early stage to overcome all pregnancy related problem. You should understand power of balance diet that helps you to maintain your regular period cycle and enhance your body hemoglobin level to create win-win situation for you and your husband.
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Re: Male factor infertility

Postby sonamgupta2107 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:37 am

Hi dear. Try to not get too attached to what the numbers mean as they can change on a day to day basis. I have a hard time with this and drive my DW crazy with all the research. So what you need to do is get your DH to Lotus Center in Ukraine and have him checked from head to toe. They should check DH's hormones and other blood work to make sure that something simple is not causing this. The other thing I would do is starting him on some sort of vitamin program. There are many out there and I have posted about some. The only thing you want to make sure of is that you are using some sort of certified vitamin. So the number that you want to crunch is 20 million motility. To find that number you need to know the total sperm count that would be concentration X volume. I would suggest that you get the full work up so you can have a better picture of what you have. There is a couple of things that can affect motility. How was the sample processed? Meaning did it cool and then they had to warm it back up. Was the sample fully liquefied when they started the processes? Was processed within 30 minutes of collection. Amount of time from the last ejaculation. Try to keep it as close to 48 hours as you can. All these things can affect motility just in processing the sample that's not to say that your DH is taking some that could be affecting it too. Also, motility is affected after a wash that will perk them up. If you have the 20 million numbers there's no reason that you can't try IUI. Most RE's want to see 5 million after the wash for IUI. If not then you might be better off going straight to IVF/ICSI.
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