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    Default IVF ICSI - Poor Abnormal Sperm Morphology

    Hi Girls :-)

    So a little about me -
    Just over 12 months ttc & I've been tested for ovulation, thyroid. U/S on ovaries, apparently they are unremarkable / normal. DH was tested and everything looked pretty okay but he came back with a 91% abnormal sperm morphology...
    First FS from Melbourne IVF advised us we had a 1% natural chance & suggested IVF ICSI as our only way... I wasn't happy with how quickly he put us onto the IVF path.
    Saw another FS for a 2nd opinion & he is sending DH for another SA test... He said if the results come back lower he thinks I should do a lascopy (can't spell) I'm wondering if that would be a waste of time as it's DH not me according to the other tests??
    If the results come back the same or higher he suggests IVF ICSI.....
    As we don't have private health cover I can't help but wonder if we are waisting $1500 that could go towards IVF.... So confused! :-/

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    Hi and Welcome
    I had a similar issue as I was fine Fertility wise and it was DH low sperm count that was the issue. Our 1st appt with FS went straight to IVF ICSI. I was so overwhelmed aby the whole process that I didn't ask any questions. It was not until afterwards that I did a bit of research and thought the IUI may be a good option for us. I went back to FS with this and he said that it was an option. He then asked if we wanted to have a baby sooner rather than later. I said sooner of course, he replied that ICSI was the way to go then due to the higher success rate in comparison with other options.

    I agree that they can sound hasty but I guess that they know IVF has the highest success rate. Another bonus with IVF is the possibility of having Frosties letf over for future FET cycles which end up costing around the same as IUI's and I think are less intense and invasive.

    I am glad that I did IVF first as I am not good emotionally with BFN's. I have had 2 BFP's out of 3 FET's (DD and current baby on board) so I am all for it even though it does take its toll emotionally.

    This is purely my opinion and I wish you the best of luck on this journey.


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    Thank you for your reply :-)

    I think we are just waiting for the second results to see if there's any change... If not pretty sure we are both for the IVF.
    Did you find it a pretty quick process once all the paperwork was out of the way?
    I didn't realize they kept the eggs for future babies, that's great... I thought they would need to do this every time!!!
    Not sure I want to waist my rime & money on a lascropy (how ever it's Spelt) haha

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    I agree with L85. We are doing iVF/ICSI because of my age and higher success rate due to husband's sperm quality.

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    Hi,
    Yes - once all paper work etc sorted we started the very next cycle, so just had to wait for my AF to arrive which was Day 1. I was hyperstimulated with my IVF cycle which let them harvest around 34 egss (not all mature of course but they take all out as fluid builds up in the remaining eggs causing more pain).

    I ended up with 14 Frosties. I wasn't able to do fresh transfer due to the OHSS so I have only ever had my BFP's from frozen transfers They rock lol, as much as IVF can rock i guess hahaha

    Maybe ask what the laproscopy can tell them and if it is really necessary given that your other results have all come back A OK. Thay may have their reasons and are not always forthcoming with these. Probe them until they give you an answer.

    Good luck and hope to hear your good news really soon

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    MARTTC, as your FS is the same as me right now, I know the first thing he asks you to do is a lap. He suggested that when he first saw me but I did not want to do it as it was invasive. Our cycle with him failed so I let hiim do the lap and found out I am perfectly ok inside. He is a specialist in endometriosis so I know he will surely try to get you to do that procedure, not sure if he is really trying to exclude this endometrosis or that he simply has an interest in looking in the inside of women for this disease cos that is his specialty and we can be guinea pigs!

    My seccond FS refused to go to lap but did a hysteroscopy for me cos he felt there was no need for lap and it is invasive. It is really up to you esp when you dont have private health. I do have now but waited one year waiting period before the insurance kicks in. Meanwhile I did a cycle while waiting and paid $3k+ out of pocket after medicare rebates. My lap procedure was totally paid for and no cents out of pocket. HCF is really good if you are looking at buying ins.


 

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