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    Thanks very much for your reply felicita, and I'm so glad you managed to be so fabulously successful. It's good to know that the slower embies are definitely still viable; I just found out yesterday by letter that my second emby they told me wasn't viable at all was actually frozen on Day 6 (don't know why they didn't call me last week). So I'm going to ring them today to find out how the hell it caught up and why it was suddenly good enough to freeze!

    Slow embies aren't great, but my main concern is my low fert rate. I'm going to be trying CoQ10 and such for the next three months before I do another stim (and I'll get to do an FET before then). Hopefully it might help, but who knows? The embryologist tried to tell me that 2/5 fert. wasn't too bad, and pointed out that it was actually 3/5 but the third only had 1 PN so was abnormal. Sorry, but I'm not going to count that one! In my reading anything below a 50% fert rate with ICSI is considered low, and is usually an egg issue (and would have to be in our case, as the sperm comes from Xytex in the US and is meant to go through screening for high quality).

    Thanks again for sharing your story.

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    Felicta... so great to read about your success story. And thanks for giving such a lot of good information in there. I'm rather surprised that both you and Sariele mention that anonymous donor sperm didn't work quite as perfect as I have been imagining it would. I'm kind of glad that I now have that in the back of my mind when we come to do our next cycle in Feb/Mar.

    Kdsd.... Yes, I can't help but sympathise about your DH having just 8 sperm. At least you know there are others like you out there. I hope you told your DH that my DH only ever gets 1 or 2 - if that makes you feel better, hehe!

    AFM... I spoke to Kirsty at IVFA and she said that the blow-out to 4-6 months wait list for donor sperm is only due to more of a demand in the last month. She said it had been 3 months for the whole of the year. However, she was pretty confident we'd only have to wait 4 months, due to some donor sperm only being donated to heterosexual couples, so that would bring us ahead of single females and same-sex couples who are on the list, as not everyone donates to them.

    Went and saw Dr Lok during the week who recommended DH take Anastrazole (Arimidex) tablets to help with his slightly low testosterone level, until we go for our next IVF/ICSI cycle in Feb/Mar. Has anyone heard of this or know any successes with this?

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    Hi everyone
    Im new to this , i would like to tell my storie , i been married for 11 years i had my beautiful son after 3 years of marriage naturrally .after kept on trying naturally 4 years later nothing is happened went to doc then we find out tht my Dh got low sperm count they said then around the 200 thousand 2 years later we decided to have ivf as i go and get it done overseas as mi sis is a doc there as i was i ready my husband arrive and for sure they had to do sperm count as the bad results came is my DH sperm count was zero ( worst day of my life ) so doc insist on operating on him so they did all went well they did find sperm inside him ( thx god) they did all the procedure and it did gi well i fell pregnant but it didnt go thru cause my DH sperm was so slow .so we came back home ( sydney) and my DH wants to really find out why this has happened to him so we went to dr lock as he heard our story he straight away said u can only conceive thru ivf and im really scared to do it again cause thru a lot when i done ivf mentally . And more i want to know if anyone know if its against god doing ivf im really scared if im doing anything against him so plz anyone tht read my story plz plz tell me wht u think i should doooo thx .
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    Hi everyone. My DP and I have been TTC for 2 years now and have had 2 failed IVF attempts :-( we have MFI as he has severely low count and morphology is 1% :-( we have changed life styles and he is only on a multi vit but drs have said that there isn't much we can do to improve it. E has stopped smoking and doesn't drink a lot. Any idea would be great xoxox

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    Hi bethy, I can only sympathise and suggest all the tests and vitamins which you have probably been recommended. We've had 4 failed ivf with severe sperm issues.

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    Hi Bethy I can understand its frustrating to be told there is nothing that can be done for crappy sperm. I think the combination of vitamin E and zinc is supposed to help.
    What have your fertilisation rates been like? The only other thing i would recommend is doing the SCSA test and karyotyping for your DH but he may have already done these exams.
    i made my DH take all sorts of vitamins and herbs before EPU. We used ICSI which luckily fertilised all my eggs. I don't really know if any of if helped but it couldn't hurt.
    I also hear Chinese traditional medicine and Acu makes a difference for male issues.

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    Bethy.... you say that you have had two failed IVF attempts. I'm presuming that you mean IVF/ICSI attempts, as with low sperm count and low morphology that is the only way to go. We've also had two failed IVF/ICSI attempts, and have been told the last chance to try to get any usable sperm is to see Dr Lok or Dr Golovsky (both in Sydney). We've had our consultation with Dr Lok (who seemed great) but we will wait for for our appointment with Dr Golovsky at the end of Dec before deciding which one we'll use. Make both appointments now, as Dr L has a 3 week wait and Dr G had a 2 month wait.

    I wish someone told us at the beginning to go to one of them first off, instead of wasting our time and money doing needle aspiration, biopsies and TESE procedures on DH that weren't successful. The microdissection is a once off procedure - once they do it, they can see exactly what is inside, so if thee's not much neither will do it again on you, but at least you know that you've been to the best (and hehe, the most expensive!! but worth it)

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    MGC Bertie - it's funny you say that, because Dr Lok is the one who did the needle aspiration and biopsy on my DH and then seemed to conclude that was it & started talking to us about donor sperm. It was only because we were told by another doctor to see Dr Golovsky that the microdissection came up. Dr Lok had vaguely mentioned there is another procedure, but it's very invasive and probably minimal chance of any success ... so was kind of talking us out of it. As it turned out, although we didn't have success, we are both glad it was done & that it was done by Dr G, as he is actually a urologist.

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    Hey just wondering if anyone can give me just a rough cost of the Micro Disection with Dr Golovsky ?? That's where we are at in our journey - looking to do this early next year but just wondering before I contact them if someone could give me a rough estimate. We have private insurance aswell - not sure if that makes much difference !! I figure if I could at least have a rough guide I may not have a heart attack when they tell me...lol we know the IVF/ICSI costs but I need to get in contact with Dr Golovski for his costs. Stressing out !!

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    alohashellIVF.... I don't know what Dr Golovsky's costs are, but we have an appointment with him in three weeks time, so I'll have more information then. The initial consultation with Dr Lok was $350 for half an hour - the most expensive of any specialist I've ever been to, but he seemed great. I'm imagining that Dr Golovsky will have a similar consult fee. I have in my head that Dr Golovsky's receptionist said that his operating fee was $1400, but I can't find that written down now, so I may totally wrong!! Plus anaesthetist app $400, plus day hospital app $850 (perhaps covered by private insurance). Then remember that is just for DH - on top of your IVF/ICSI costs. I'll post in three weeks time.

    But yes, why don't you ring - in any case make appointments now, as he has a long wait to get in to see him.


 

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