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#1 christinek

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:27 PM

Hey all,

 

My husband was recently told that he has very high FSH levels (31). He got referred to a urologist in Toronto who is supposed to be one of the best. I was wondering if any one has had the same issue and what happened with the urologist appointment? I guess I am looking for some insight and hopefully positive news.

 

My fertility specialist looked at his numbers and just said that donor sperm or adoption would be our only option. I am really hoping that there is something the urologist can do to help us conceive a biological child. 

 

Any insight will be appreciated!



#2 RosySkies

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:20 PM

Hi Christinek, sorry that you are having to go through this :(

 

What were the numbers from your husband's semen analysis like? I'm assuming they were really low based on your fertility specialist's comments, but were there any live sperm at all? With IVF with ICSI, you should only need a handful of good sperm to fertilize the eggs with. If the analysis showed no sperm (azoospermia), sometimes it is still possible to retrieve sperm surgically using a TESA procedure and then using any sperm found for IVF with ICSI. You are not guaranteed to find sperm with this procedure though.

 

The urologist will try to find a cause for the high FSH. It could take a while to get the results back from further testing, especially if the urologist orders a genetic test. Unfortunately I don't think most causes of high FSH and no sperm are reversible. But, the urologist is the expert and should be able to tell you whether it'll be possible to improve your husband's sperm production.

 

In our case, my husband had sperm concentration <1 million and 7% motility. His bloodwork showed he had low testosterone, but his urologist wasn't able to find a cause and basically said we couldn't do much, if anything, to improve his sperm count and IVF was our best option. We went ahead with the IVF and the fertilization with ICSI ended up going ok :)

 

Best wishes


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Me - 32   DH - 35

Started TTC Jun 2013

Diagnosis: Low sperm count & motility

 

IVF #1 - Aug 2017 - Antagonist Protocol

    18 eggs retrieved all mature  ICSI'd 16 eggs → 12 fertilized  10 blastocysts

     froze 9, transferred 1 - BFN

 

FET #1 - Oct 2017 - transferred 1 embryo - BFP!! 

    our son was born July 2018 babyboy.gif

 

FET #2 - hopefully Mar 2020!


#3 christinek

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 03:52 PM

Thanks so much for your feedback! Congratulations on the pregnancy! His semen analysis didn't come back great either and my Dr said she "wasn't optimistic" that they would find any sperm but "good thing" my results came back normal and healthy. While waiting for our appointment he started going to the gym, doing acupuncture and taking some supplements. In the meantime I've been praying for a miracle.

#4 RosySkies

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 04:21 PM

Christinek - I'm not pregnant yet, but we're fortunate to still have 9 frozen embryos from our first IVF cycle. I'm transferring one of them on Friday so we'll see how it goes wink.png

 

If you're interested, there is a lengthy thread on these forums about azoospermia that has been ongoing for several years. It could be helpful for you to see what others' experiences have been like.

 

Here's the link: https://ivf.ca/forums...33-azoospermia/


Me - 32   DH - 35

Started TTC Jun 2013

Diagnosis: Low sperm count & motility

 

IVF #1 - Aug 2017 - Antagonist Protocol

    18 eggs retrieved all mature  ICSI'd 16 eggs → 12 fertilized  10 blastocysts

     froze 9, transferred 1 - BFN

 

FET #1 - Oct 2017 - transferred 1 embryo - BFP!! 

    our son was born July 2018 babyboy.gif

 

FET #2 - hopefully Mar 2020!


#5 christinek

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

Oh so sorry I misunderstood! But I have a good feeling things are going to go great on Friday! Best of luck to you...not sure if you're religious/have faith but pray to St Charbel and St Gerard xoxo