Hows the injections going?
Hows the injections going?
I am 28. I can't give you my level because I was taken so off guard when Dr Smith told me I can't even remember it properly. When I go in to start the meds I will ask again. Dr Smith never mentioned my FSH so I will have to enquire about that also. Hoping the acupuncture for me is a success, I quit my stressful job, am taking multi vitamins, exercising, trying everything to bring it up!
My husbands brothers have been wonderful. We are so grateful for what they have offered, definitely made things a lot easier! My husband is also a lot more comfortable with this option as genetics are fairly important to him. Lets see how things unfold I suppose
Smik.... yes, sorry you're in this position too, but as Two Souls says, there's lots of lovely women on here, who have been an absolute blessing to me on my journey so far. Dr Golovosky is the best (the only other FS doing this micro-dissection is Dr Lok - we had a consult with both, but chose Dr G). Yes, Dr G looks at various levels, but the main one is actually Inhibin B - us usually gives 20% or 50% chance. With us, he loved DH's Inhibin B and gave us an "excellent" chance, rather than a percentage. But in the end, unfortunately, he found only 1 sperm. DH sometimes gets 1 sperm in an ejaculate, so both Dr G and us were hoping more would be found in the micro-TESE. So, even though technically he found sperm and the 1 did fertilise (but didn't implant), 1 really isn't going to see us through, so we're going with anon donor sperm this time.
Those of us on this thread are a wealth of knowledge, so feel free to ask away.
Thanks for your support MGC Bertie & Two Souls. It is really comforting to chat with people who can truly understand what we are going through.
Interestingly enough Dr Golovsky never asked about Inhibin B levels. We did the tests through Smith after my husband had been on the injections for a couple of years but we don't know if the levels improved or not as these tests weren't done right at the beginning, regardless the levels weren't very impressive.
I really need to get copies of all my results, don't I. Major information overload from these doctors! My mind is terrible haha
Let's see what 16th May brings, either way, even if its not good news, least we know where we stand. These last 3 years have been really difficult not knowing! Least if we know we can move on.
Smik... yes, I should have mentioned that about test results. Whenever myself or DH go for a BT at a normal path lab, I always write our local GPs down for a copy of the results, as it's way more easier to get copies of the results from your GP. Some of the fertility clinics charge you to photocopy your own results, especially if you ask for it in one go. Sometimes they will photocopy a single page, but most of the time they make a huge fuss. What I've been doing for a while now, is always have paper with you and write it down - if the FS says some results, say, hang on, and make a point of writing it down. When you go for internal ultrasounds, don't be afraid and actually ask the nurse how many follicles there are and what size they are, and write it down straight away. My first clinic didn't volunteer this info, so I presumed I wasn't allowed to know - how naive I was back then!!!
Oh don't get me wrong. I got copies with the first two doctors but when I have that information a home it resulted in me being on google for hours driving me & DH insane!
it would be nice to have the results on hand now, just for the purpose of comparing with others when participating in forums
Smik... hehe, yes, I think all/most of us here on Bubhub spend way too many hours googling things all night long, but it's a coping mechanism, as well as a way to find out information that we can't do in our normal lives (like talk to workmates or facebook friends).
We're in a similar position although after the first TESA/biopsy we were told there was almost no chance of sperm, and mTESE later on confirmed that. They have no idea of the cause. I did google a lot when we first had test results coming in - it is a huge rollercoaster when you find out there could be sperm, but it could be just a few and they could be low quality. You just don't know when to stop researching and looking for new hope. I also have a low AMH (it was at 6ish when I was 32 - a bit of a double blow to discover this issue too) and due to this and our ages DH and I moved to donor sperm as soon as the mTESE was done. Having a family is more important to us than having a genetic family, and life is short...and once we realised that, the rollercoaster toned down a bit. We now just have the normal rollercoaster of hoping our cycles work out - I'm currently 9dpo in an IUI cycle.
Did they suspect Cushing's syndrome, when they found the pituitary tumour? That's something our specialists didn't originally order tests for, but as soon as we asked, DH was referred for testing (and didn't have it). We were more worried about DH's general health than the infertility by that point - realising that the infertility could have been a symptom of a serious illness was our concern, rather than trying to resolve the infertility itself.
I hope you find the answers you're looking for soon. You're very lucky to have family willing and able to be donors; and also lucky that your DH is open to that option. Good luck, whichever path you find yourself on!
MGC Bertie (15-04-2013)
No, nothing was mentioned about Cushing's Syndrome. Once the test was completed & the results came in Dr Smith prescribed Pregnyl (LH) then after 6 months we started with Puregon (FSH) injections as well. Dr Smith thought my DH infertility was also due to a hormonal issue, but regardless sperm has never returned to the ejaculate.
Before I forget, to add to the life story, my DH had strangulated hernia as a baby. We have mentioned this to every dr we have seen, but surprisingly all of them don't seem to concerned about this aspect- but it stills plays on the back of my mind, is this where things went wrong
Best of luck on your cycle really wishing you the best of luck!
Dear all, seeing all your posts give me hope. I am new here and am going through the initial shock. DH still isn't able to accept. I am in perth and would like to have recommendation for good FS and urologist. PM me. Thanks!!!
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