MFI azoospermia

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MFI azoospermia

Postby Ravenclaw9087 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:30 am

Forgive me if I'm posting this is wrong area, I've never posted before and not really too familiar with site yet and didn't see any infertility boards.For background. I'm 26, husband is 29. Married at 24 and we stopped preventing, but I haven't been on BC in years anyway, just pulling out. After a year of beint casual about it, we got impatient and I began to temp and really time my cycle. This month is our 11th month ttc. I've done a lot of blood work and recently had hsg done, all is fine with me. I confirm ovulation with temps too plus had progesterone drawn which confirmed as well. Our issue is MFI I just got the results this morning and he has zero sperm. My dr wants him to go again in a month to make sure it wasn't a fluke but I just doubt that's the case. We've been together going on 6 years now and I've never once been pregnant and we've had plenty of "accidents" where it could have happened. I understand he has to go again to make absolutely sure however, but taking matters into my own hands, I found a urologist near us who actually treats infertility. Most I guess do not. They want you to go to a specialist who does only MFI but we have absolutely no infertility coverage whatsoever. I thankfully have gotten all my tests paid for because my lovely dr worked around the codes to make sure they would pay. Only thing so far out of pocket has been semen analysis at $125 which isn't so bad. Anyway, I already confirmed by calling our insurance to make sure and thank god the urologist is covered because he isn't specialized in infertility, but does have the knowledge to treat it. What I'm hoping is if anyone out there has advice. IVF isn't likely an option if it comes to it because it's plain and simple way too expensive for something that isn't even a guarantee. We get by but we certainly can't afford these expensive options. I've looked into adoption ... Can't believe how much that costs too. My husband is angry and bitter. He's been sobbing and heart broken, but at same time isn't willing to do much to make it happen. He's more willing to accept a child free life, but I don't think I can. I love him. He's the only one for me.. But I can't just not try. I feel even if it took us years id be willing to save up for IVF... I don't believe he would agree. I'm trying to be strong for him, to make him feel loved and assured that no matter what he is my husband and I love him deeply. Does anyone out there have a SO with azoospermia? What exactly did or could the urologist do for him? Is it at all possible to be fixed? I know there are so many causes for it... If it's blocked I've read it can be surgically fixed but it seems to be conflicting as to whether or not it works. I can't imagine a life without biological children with this man. I truly don't know what to do anymore and I can't handle much more heart break. My best friend of over 20 years is pregnant. I can't even stomach to go to her shower. Everyone I know is pregnant. Both my husbands sisters are pregnant!! One is due any day other actually had hers a month ago, and to top it off she doesn't even know who the father is, found out in jail while detoxing off meth!! How can this world be so cruel? My husband is wonderful with children.... Never did drugs, rarely drinks and doesn't smoke. He isn't over weight either and eats well. Sorry this got to be so long. Again any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby Danaa » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:05 pm

Hello and welcome to this forum.Immsorry to hear about ur husband's azo,i can't imagine what you two are going through.
As a woman whitout any problems you have the option of using donor sperm to get pregnant in case the doctor won't be able to help your husband.
In case you do decide to try IVF there is an option for the doc to surgically remove spermies from ur husband private parts.
My advice to you is to have a serious conversation with ur husband and be open and honest with him about ur concerns and worries,he has to know what you feel and try to be more open about ur options.
Talking about this will help a lot,not talking and hiding your pain might shake ur relationship.
Good luck.
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby Ravenclaw9087 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:26 pm

Thank you danaa,
I guess for now I'm afraid to have a deep convo with husband because we only just found this news out. I think it's best to let it settle a bit, but I know him... He won't be willing to pay for ivf. Donor sperm has crossed my mind but again I won't bring this up anytime soon. It be like rubbing salt in the wound. He's said if it can't happen naturally that he could live child free. To a point I think that's him trying to make himself feel better... I just know I don't think I could settle for that life and really don't know what to do or say anymore
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Re: MFI azoospermia

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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby Erin30Ga » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:09 pm

Hello!! Your story hits so close to home! Difference, my hubby and I were together for 15 years with no pregnancies at all. Finally, we decided to find out what the heck was going on! Went to a new obgyn, he did blood work, all good.. I have a very normal period, so he said let's start with the husband. Sure enough, zero sperm. We were crushed, he was heartbroken. Next step, urologist. All blood work came back normal... So urologist wanted to jump straight to a testicular biopsy to see if he had sperm... He didn't do an ultrasound which didn't sit right with me. He told my hubby that he didn't have a blockage. I came home and posted on the message board that I frequent... They all said no way!!! Find a Dr that specializes in MFI... So that's exactly what I did. He's in Atlanta, 3 hours away.. But we make the trip every few months. Our first visit with him, he looked over hubby's bloodwork and scheduled other tests (all normal) , also did an ultrasound..There it was, both sides blocked. A month or so later, husband had a vasoepididymostomy to repair the blockage. 4 months later, we have TONS of sperm. Not moving yet, which is very normal with a VE, but atleast they're getting out. Now we just wait. My advice... And I know it's tough when insurance doesn't help cover anything... Get your husband to a urologist that specializes in MFI... He needs his T, FSH,LH, CF tests to make sure he isn't a carrier.. If he is, he may not have his vas..Any urologist should do these tests first. Good Luck!! Hope I could be of help.
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby mimimama » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:45 am

Erin30Ga- great story, congrats! I fully agree with you, and I know a few ladies who were in the same position. They also travelled to another city to see a urologist, who has broad experience in MFI.
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby prayingforhope22 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:08 pm

Hello Ladies!

I am new to the site and hoping to meet ladies who will help each other get through these trying times and i think ive come to the right place! :-)

Me & my Dh have been TTC (trying to conceive) for about 3 years we've never had a BFP (big fat positive (pregnancy test)) sadly. We visited a fertility specialist as well as a urologist last year and came to learn that my DH (dear husband) has an awfully low sperm count we had (2) semen analysis done and they were both bad. The first one there were only 2 sperm shown and the second there were done.



Our fertility specialist informed us that the only way we will successfully get pregnant is by using donor sperm.



We are now on our 2nd fertility doctor because we wanted a 2nd opinion and my current DR. said the same thing. The reason i've joined baby center is because i'm having a hard time finding anyone who's going through anything similar to me.

Has anyone here had their DH (dear husband) diagnosed with Azoospermia? If so, were you ever able to increase the sperm count or successfully get pregnant? If not were you successful with donor sperm?

Thanks Ladies !!!
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby Erin30Ga » Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:51 am

Hi!! Has your hubby had blood work done by a MFI urologist?
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Re: MFI azoospermia

Postby Maybemiracle » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:41 pm

Hey there!

I just wanted to chime in and share my story incase it might help anyone moving forward.

First off let me just say I am so sorry to anyone dealing with this, it's a heartbreaking, impossible situation.

So after about 9 months ttc my husband and I decided to get things checked out, we found out that he has severe MFI. It wasn't Azo but it might as well have been. He had a severely low count, and 0% normal sperm found. We did two analysis and the second was actually worse than the first. We were sent directly to a Reproductive Endocrinologist, basically a fertility clinic. By the time we were able to see the RE, I had done enough research to know that our only option was IVF. She confirmed that and we began further testing to prepare for our cycle. As part of the IVF protocol we had to meet with a Urologist to make sure that everything was healthy with my husband. A U/S showed a blockage but we were told that even if it was surgically removed, the surgery had a low success rate, and if it was successful, it could take up to a year to see results. This really didn't seem promising for us, so we proceeded forward with IVF. At our first retrieval, my husband only had 7 sperm, and only 4 of them were motile. We ended up with two good embryos, So we did two transfers, one fresh and one frozen and both failed.

We did not have fertility coverage through our insurance, so we had spent over 20k for two failed cycles. We decided to dip into savings again for one more IVF cycle.... our RE said that the choice was ours, but donor sperm was our best option. I let my husband mull things over for a few days. We were also given the option to fertilize half of my eggs with his sperm, and half donor. My husband decided that being a father was more important to him than having a biological connection, and he wanted us to have the best odds possible, so he decided to use all donor sperm to fertilize my eggs. We did a 5 day transfer of two perfect embryos, and were able to freeze one remaining embryo. I got pregnant, and at 6 weeks we saw two heartbeats on the ultrasound. Our twins are now 14 months old and look JUST LIKE my husband, especially our daughter.

I have done counseling to really work through all of this and I can say without a doubt that I am so unbelievably thankful that everything happened the way it did, because had things been different, we wouldn't have our exact children, they're absolutely amazing.

Its an impossible situation, and it took a lot of time to work through all of it. For us, the most important thing was becoming parents. I think had we kept trying with his sperm it may have happened eventually, but after a year of ttc and three IVF cycles we were emotionally, and financially spent. For us, donor sperm was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. We were more than anything, thankful for a solution and so excited to finally go into a cycle with hope.

I don't mean to make anyone think that IVF or donor sperm are the only options, there are so, so many options out there. My best advice is to keep an open mind, maintain clear communication with your significant other, and ask for honest advice from a medical professional. I also did my best to educate myself about our situation, and I think that helped us greatly in the long run.

best of luck to you all<3
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