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Old Apr 21st, 2012, 02:20 AM   1
countrylass
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Undescended testicles / fertility issues


Is anyone going through this with a partner who has had surgery for undescended testicles?
Last night OH finally told me that he had surgery as kid because his testicles didn't descend. We've been together for 4 years and ttc for most of those. We've not gone down the route of Doctors and fertility experts because we were living on a hope and prayer that we'd catch... one day.
OH has no idea of the impact that this has on his fertility - he just thinks that he had surgery and that's that. He is so sensitive and ashamed about going through this procedure that I havent got the heart to discuss the impact it has.

I always thought that I was the one with the fertility problem. I am a larger girl and just assumed it was me.... Hey, it may still be.
But this changes the way we approach this, and I guess it's the end of an era because as of today I have to accept that there won't be a happy little accident... And if we want this, then we've got to get a doctor involved.

Just needed to get this off my chest, because there's no one I can talk to about this right now .



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Old Apr 21st, 2012, 06:17 AM   2
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Hi, I can't give you a specific answer and i don't want to worry you as everything may be fine, and my previous situation was slightly different in that my Ex never had is undecended testicle brought down and had to have it removed as it wasn't til we met that i pointed out our dangerous it was at the risk of testicular cancer and not being ale to check it!

We had started trying before he had it removed and the specialist said it wouldn't affect fertility, once we started having tests done it turned out he was almost sterile- but i'll never know if it was down to the undecended testicle the surgery or weather he had always been.

Getting a SA will be the only way to give a definite answer sorry x



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2012, 08:26 AM   3
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Hi, my DH had this but we werent sure if it was 1 or both or how old he was when he had the op,we found out it was one corrected when he was 4, hes had two SA's and both were slightly low but not low enough that it should stop us getting a bfp, im now having tests as have long cycles up to 75 days so don't ovulate and have never had a bfp
I spent a long time worrying about this, I was sure the results would be really low, so my advice would be to ask for a SA before you worry and start thinking the worst like I did when I didn't need to it could turn out fine, i'm now on to worrying about myself again!
Good luck, hope you get some answers soon xx



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Old Apr 21st, 2012, 18:01 PM   4
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I would highly advise he get a SA done. My husband has azoo and that was the very first question they had for him. Do you know how old he was before having the surgery. They usually want it done within the first year.



 
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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 10:08 AM   5
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Hi Countrylass - your story is very similar to ours!!! DH had an undescended testicles and had an operation when he was 9 years old. That was too late, unfortunately. Our first SA a year ago was 7 million . But I also know of another man who had undescended testicles as a kid and have 2 beautiful children!

Our Doctor confirmed that the cause of low sperm count is the undescended testicles and the fact that he had his surgery a little too late. This may not be your case!

It's best to take the SA for your peace of mind. Good luck ... keep us posted.



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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 10:21 AM   6
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And Countrylass, there's a lot you can do to improve low sperm count, so don't worry if that is the outcome.

I understand why this is a sensitive issue for your DH, my DH felt the same way as your DH. He was so scared that I might leave him.

Hoping for the best result for you and your DH.



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Old May 19th, 2012, 07:18 AM   7
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Hello there Hun this sounds exactly like me and my dh! He didn't tell me for ages then it became apparent that his two scars were from that! I'd never even thought about it before that moment! We tried and tried for well over a year but it was no use, so we went to see the dr! We had 3 months of tests and they showed me to be completely normal but my poor dh has no sperm what so ever. The undescended testicles damaged his production from
Being too hot and too far up to develop properly. We were told we could try surgical sperm recovery but that the sperm if any found would be damaged and have not much chance of working. A year later and I have just finished my first Ivf cycle with donor sperm! It's not an easy journey, the best thing to do is to get a semen analysis and go from there. It really depends on when he had them operated on! My dh had his op at 15 which is way way too late as they need to be fixed before the boy is 1 to preserve any sperm production. Xx



 
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Old May 19th, 2012, 17:32 PM   8
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My husband had surgery as a kid because of an undescended testicle his SA was fine both times he was tested before our IUIs

I would get him to go have an SA and ask a FE about it!



 
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Old Jun 7th, 2013, 04:11 AM   9
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Sorry to bring up an old post, but just looking for some advice please.

I've been withy my OH for 9 years, we've been TTC unsuccessfully for 2 years. I've always known that my OH had undescended testicles as a child, I assumed he was a baby, turns out he was 5 years old. OH has a GP appointment on the 17th to discuss sperm analysis, as requested by my GP. It's obviously playing on his mind as he asked me today if I thought the testicle issue had anything to do with it.

I've never thought much about it, so I did some Googling today. The results aren't great and I am now very worried! MIL has always told him it wouldn't cause any problems, the Google results say otherwise!



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Old Jun 7th, 2013, 04:39 AM   10
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Hi, I worried like anything as my dh had one corrected when he was about 4, hes had 4 sa's now and they range from 13-84mil so try not to worry, easier said than done I know, but our issue is mainly with me not ovulating and FS isn't worried about the undescended testicle as a couple of times now he has said it doesn't matter as the other one still works fine! not sure if that means the one that was undescended does nothing but he still has a fair count, good luck, the sooner you get results the better you will feel x



 
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