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#1 Hopefull39

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:21 AM

We are cycling for IVF and my dh wants to take 5 HTP supplements. Is it okay? Are there any side effects or effects on sperm health? Any reason he should not take it?
IVF #1 IVF #2
Dec.7 Cycle day 1 July 18 started BCP, last one July 7
Dec.27 started Synarel, yuck! July 31 started Synarel
Jan. 8 Repronex 75 and GonalF 225 Repronex and Puregon
Jan. 11 E2 is 574 (day 4) August 16 E2 is 1014 HOLY! (day 4)
August 17 E2 is 2594 17 follies counted of similar size
Jan. 14 E2 is 5297 (day 7) Aug. 19 E2 is 5971
Jan. 15 E2 is 7453 (day 8) a large unknown spot 2x4 on my uterus, don't know if et will happen
Jan. 16 E2 is 10102 spot is smaller 1x3 Day 9 Aug.21 E2 is 16400 12/17 follies are ready, trigger tonight, starting cabergoline (destinex) to avoid OHSS
Jan. 17 E2 is 14127 spot is smaller 1x2.5 still don't know if transfer will happen
Day 11, Aug.23 10 eggs retrieved, 8 were icss'd, 5 are developing!
Jan. 19 ER, 5 eggs from 16 follicles. 3 icsi's, 2 developed NO FROSTIES
Jan. 21 ET 2 embies, 2B, 4B. Aug.26 ET 3d3, 8A,8B,9B! No frosties again.
Beta Feb.4 17 possible chemical Sept.6 hpt - BFN Sept.8 Beta
Beta Feb.6 32, nurse still says chemical
Beta Feb.11 125, RE doesn't know what to tell me, not sure what will happen
Beta Feb.16 263, ultrasound shows no sac, told to expect miscarriage
Feb. 18, CC (cousin cramps) and AF, miscarriage at 6 weeks and 2 days.
Feb. 23 beta 23.
[/color][/color]Me 40, DH 47
DH has 3 teens from 1st marriage.
I am not a mom, yet!

May 1 08 Vasectomy reversal
Nov. 08 Zero sperm count Jan. 2010 IVF #1 Chemical pregnancy.

#2 DrFionaMcCulloch

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:34 PM

Hi Hopefull
There are no studies on 5HTP and sperm quality or count. There is some preliminary evidence that 5-HTP may cause some hormonal shifts in the body especially initially related to elevating cortisol or prolactin levels. Although this research is still preliminary and is not conclusive at all it might be best to avoid this until cycle is complete. That being said, I have had male patients who had already been taking 5htp for a long time and have not had any problems related to fertility!
warmest regards
Dr Fiona
Dr. Fiona McCulloch, BSc., ND : Naturopathic Doctor, Integrative Women's Health & Fertility
White Lotus Integrative Medicine
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#3 Hopefull39

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 01:32 PM

Thanks, he can wait.
IVF #1 IVF #2
Dec.7 Cycle day 1 July 18 started BCP, last one July 7
Dec.27 started Synarel, yuck! July 31 started Synarel
Jan. 8 Repronex 75 and GonalF 225 Repronex and Puregon
Jan. 11 E2 is 574 (day 4) August 16 E2 is 1014 HOLY! (day 4)
August 17 E2 is 2594 17 follies counted of similar size
Jan. 14 E2 is 5297 (day 7) Aug. 19 E2 is 5971
Jan. 15 E2 is 7453 (day 8) a large unknown spot 2x4 on my uterus, don't know if et will happen
Jan. 16 E2 is 10102 spot is smaller 1x3 Day 9 Aug.21 E2 is 16400 12/17 follies are ready, trigger tonight, starting cabergoline (destinex) to avoid OHSS
Jan. 17 E2 is 14127 spot is smaller 1x2.5 still don't know if transfer will happen
Day 11, Aug.23 10 eggs retrieved, 8 were icss'd, 5 are developing!
Jan. 19 ER, 5 eggs from 16 follicles. 3 icsi's, 2 developed NO FROSTIES
Jan. 21 ET 2 embies, 2B, 4B. Aug.26 ET 3d3, 8A,8B,9B! No frosties again.
Beta Feb.4 17 possible chemical Sept.6 hpt - BFN Sept.8 Beta
Beta Feb.6 32, nurse still says chemical
Beta Feb.11 125, RE doesn't know what to tell me, not sure what will happen
Beta Feb.16 263, ultrasound shows no sac, told to expect miscarriage
Feb. 18, CC (cousin cramps) and AF, miscarriage at 6 weeks and 2 days.
Feb. 23 beta 23.
[/color][/color]Me 40, DH 47
DH has 3 teens from 1st marriage.
I am not a mom, yet!

May 1 08 Vasectomy reversal
Nov. 08 Zero sperm count Jan. 2010 IVF #1 Chemical pregnancy.