We're dealing with azoospermia as well. Our story is much the same - although DH had bilateral undescended testicles which weren't corrected until much later in life - at the age of 28. He decided to get them fixed to enable himself to check them as the chances of testicular cancer are higher.
We got a SA which showed azoospermia on 2 separate occasions and we're not attempting SSR as we've been advised that it's basically clutching at straws - no biological child has ever been born to anyone with correction this late in life and the quality of any sperm found would be very questionable.
Our choices are basically adoption or donor sperm - which is probably the route we're most likely to take. I must admit I am rather frustrated by the fact that his undescended testicles weren't corrected much earlier in life - his mother now denies knowing (?!) despite telling us his own father had one undescended testicle corrected as a child!!!
so heres a little bit of background
im anita im 29 and hubby is 43 with been together 12 yrs married for nearly 10.
NTNP for first 7 yrs but started taking it more serious in 2005.
hubby was diagnosed with azoospermia in november 06 caused by a genetic disorder we didnt even know he had so was told that ICSI with a donor was our only choice. was very hard to hear so took a little time out to make sure we were ready and it was what we wanted.
May/June 09 IVF ended with a BFN
Sept 09 FET BFP ending in early miscarrige
July 10 FET BFP
only had my BFP yesterday after waiting 8 days after AF was late to do a second test so wish i had done one sooner. i know its only early days just hoping this little beans sticks. have my first scan on 10th of august.
wanna wish all you ladies the very best in treatment hope you get your BFPs very soon
Congratulations! Great to hear a success story! Good luck x
Thank you for setting up this thread, this is my story: (Sorry its a long one - I get carried away!!!)
I am 32, DH is 48, he has 18 yr old son. We have been together 10 1/2yrs, married since last June, I came off pill in the Jan previous so that we were ready to try the morning after the wedding (well I had been waiting to get married and have babies for at least 6 years! so I was in a hurry to get it all going, DH was scarred by his first wife and took a long time to feel confident enough to do it all again!)
I was confident and never imagined I would be here a yr later with no baby, especially as DH has a child. Anyway I got on quickly with the OPK's and temp kits, so after 10 months went to doctors. We were horrified when DH was told there was NO sperm whatsoever! Completely shocked and upset.
We have since had our first referral to hospital, he has been checked by specialist, and his scan is booked for 13th Aug. We are praying that the scan shows something up, like a blockage, as it is either a blockage or he has stopped producing them altogether. After the scan it is likely he will have the "cutting him open" op (sorry don't know technical term yet!). Although if the scan shows the blockage then we will go for the corrective op, so we can go away and try ourselves before doing ICSI. I hope we get to do this, although I am not sure at this stage, because no-one is around to ask questions. Its like you wait 6 weeks for the appointment, then after that one you get booked for the next one with anothr 6 week wait, and no-one is around in between to ask questions.
After the op this is far as NHS will go, as because he has a son, we don't qualify for ICSI through NHS. So we have to go private.
I am mostly worried about DH's age, as he is going to heading towards retirement soon, although he does not share this concern (I think he should) so I want to get things moving quickly!
Prior to deciding to go with this, we did strongly consider adoption, but after chatting to friends we agreed that we should at least find out if the swimmers are there - otherwise we would always regret not trying.
What vitamins etc should DH be taking to help his swimmers (if they are there)?
I look forward to going through the tough journey with you all, best of luck everyone
Whilst I wouldn't wish this on anyone, we're glad you've joined us
We have no explanation for hubby's azoospermia at the moment. We are just keeping everything crossed for his SSR (Surgical Sperm Retrieval)
As for supplements and diet advice; I asked hubby's urologist exactly the same question and I did point out that we knew nothing would help if there weren't any sperm found, but wanted to know what he could do to make sure that if any were found, they would be the best quality possible. He was very dismissive and said there was nothing we could or should do!!! I wonder if he misunderstood but I would have thought he should have been offering this advice even if we hadn't have asked.
Now I know there is a lot of advice out there and some of it is dubious as to whether it helps or not, but for example, it is a well know fact that zinc is crucial in the production of sperm, so I was shocked that he didn't even mention that for a start.
Anyway, when we had our info session with the nurse about the SSR in June, she was going to book us in for August, but we delayed it til October because we wanted to give the supplements a chance and she thought it was a sensible idea. We have delayed the op until end of October as sperm take 3 months to form and the supplements wont do anything for the ones that had hopefully already started to form.
Hubby takes wellman conception, which has a load of stuff in including maca that a lot of people talk about on here and then he is also taking omega 3 fish oil. From what I read at the time, omega 3 hasn't been proven to change things, but there is some suggestion that it can help, plus there was an experiment done with infertile mice and the omega 3 sorted it! Now I'm aware that this is early research, but I figured that it wont do him any harm at all and may actually help. There's some interesting reading if you google it.
Anyway, we all know what's it like to be waiting ages for appts and we're all at different stages so feel free to ask away if we can help.
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