My DH and I have been TTC since 2011. I have miscarried 3 times – each time before the 12 week mark. Because of my age at the time of my first MC (38) my family dr. suggested I see the Hannam Fertility Clinic to start the process of checking into possible treatments and causes. I was assigned to Dr. Carol Redmond, and was delighted and overjoyed when I arrived at my first appointment already pregnant (we conceived naturally). Unfortunately, I miscarried that child and a subsequent one. After a lot of testing (AMH, sono, blood tests, karyotype, etc.) it was determined that there was nothing that could explain the multiple miscarriages. We were also told that we were not candidates for IVF because of my age (I was 39 at the time). So, we began the process of TTC (naturally) once again. Not once did Dr. Redmond suggest we analyse DH sperm, and it never occurred to me to ask since she was adamant that the drugs he was taking were perfectly safe from a fertility standpoint during our first appointment.
So, we started trying again last summer. Unfortunately, conceiving a 4th time was taking longer and becoming more difficult for my DH, and we were both becoming impatient. I went back to my family Dr. and requested another referral. She was very surprised to learn that my DH had not had his semen analysed. This is apparently routine. Does anyone know if that is true?
This week we went to the second clinic for another opinion. This dr. would like to investigate sulfasalazine – a drug my DH has been taking for quite some time to treat a unique form of arthritis (AS). I did a bit of research on this drug, and it seems it can cause the sperm to be toxic in men which can lead to chromosomal issues … chromosomal issues lead to miscarriage …. Hmmmm. Is that the case here? It is highly possible. We are still investigating with our drs.
Is there anyone out there that is aware of the affects of sulfasalazine on male fertility?
An important lesson learned on my part. If you are not happy with your prognosis – get a second opinion!