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    Hi everyone

    I have been reading bh on and off for a while now which has helped answer lots of questions that keep mulling around, so big thanks to everyone for being so open and truthful.

    AFM, we have discovered that DH has azoospermia which appears to be NOA because of high FSH and all the other tests came back fine. He went to a urologist in our area on the sunshine coast with a bad bedside manner who told him to give up his chances of having his own kid

    Luckily in a way, DH has gone on a crusade and has booked us in to see a fs in brisbane and sydney.

    My long winded question is - is it too much to go to an ivf clinic in another state? At this early stage we still have enough in savings for the travel costs and leave from work (both being in family businesses) but is it worth the extra stress of travelling to get the best possible treatment?

    Thanks so much in advance

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    Hi Nori,

    Sorry you are here. My DH has azoospermia too due to a vasectomy reversal (that did initially work but he now has scar tissue). We have gone down the IVF route with DH having a biopsy to find sperm. We also have the option of having another reversal which we might do if this round of IVF fails.....

    I would travel to get another opinion if you have the $$ and time. I don't know much about exactly what they can/cant do with NOA but i would try all avenues open to me.

    Goodluck

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    I would suggest you save your money because you are actually in the best state to see the best FS! One name - Dr Warren De Ambrosis. My DH has azoospermia and we went from having 0 live sperm in the first two samples, to having 100,000 on the day for EPU. Wazza has a mix of natural supplements that he puts the guys on and it does wonders! My DD is living proof. We got her first cycle with Wazza. Save yourself the time and money. I have heard people say that if Wazza can't get your pregnant than no one can. I believe this. Good luck!

    What does the abrieviation NOA stand for? I have only returned to bubhub after a while being away and forgetting some of these abbrieviations!

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    I would say do your research and decide on what you are most comfortable with. The travel is do-able but I think you would have to get your monitoring done at home and this will cost you extra. I would say speak to the clinics on your list and see what seems like the best choice for you.

    I will be commuting to my embies when we start TTC#2, and it's going to be quite a travel and an absoulte logistical nightmare, but we moved countries since I had my DD and I would rather travel to the embies then have them transported to me.

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    Thanks for your replies. NOA = non obstructive azoospermia.

    I have my first appt tomorrow in brissie, so nervous.

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    I work around Australia and have done 5 remote IVF cycles. I have flown to Brisbane from WA, driven 7 hours each way for appointments and it can be difficult to manage but worth it in the end when we got our miracle baby. Good luck.

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    Nori: my husband has OA – Obstructive Azoospermia and we only discovered this after 2 years of TTC naturally that he had ZERO sperm in his ejaculate. The cause of his OA is due to him being a carrier of the Cystic Fibrosis gene and was therefore born without his vas deferens (exactly the same physically as a vasectomy). The two forms of Azoospermia are very specialist areas and a standard IVF Dr won’t have the expertise to be able to treat your DH correctly, nor will he have the surgical ability to undertake the required biopsy. I would highly recommend you get a very good specialist to do your DH procedure and if you have the time and funds available then i would definitely be travelling to see a specialist. Whilst it can be difficult logistically to do IVF in other states, i believe that having the best specialist for your DH condition will be far worth the extra travel time/costs required. All the best for your cycle hon

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    Nori - One more thing, when i discovered my DH condition i found it very hard to find info about it. My FS gave me a website that i found to be amazing, you might find helpful as well: http://maleinfertility.org/new-noa.html

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    Thanks EO for the link, I've done some reading on their website before and their very thorough (sp?) with the descriptions and pictures

    We saw the brisbane fs yesterday and dh was really happy with him and we've decided to stick with this dude rather than keep the sydney appt. For me it was the first fs appt that I didn't almost cry the whole time so I took this to be a good sign. So now dh has to have tesa and I've started worrying about testicular failure etc etc, the worrying never really ends does it

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    Nori: So glad you liked your FS, it makes a huge difference to have faith in your FS. My DH has had two TESA so far and no complications at all, literally he goes out with his mates the following day surfing or for beers. He is booked in for a third in about 2 weeks. While we do have 4 straws of frozen sperm for the first two TESA we have done a total lifestyle change over the last 4 months and FS wants to use fresh sperm. A lot of damage can be done to the sperm in men with Azoospermia as the sperm sits there and has nowhere to go and then dies off after 3 months or so. Is your DH taking Meneivt or any men’s vitamins yet? If not i would highly recommend he takes them as it takes 8 weeks for this to take effect in their systems and it makes a huge difference.


 

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