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DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« on: 1/03/13, 23:32 »
hi
  I am new to this forum...On february 19th we got the most devastated result that DH is azoospermic we then again went for 2nd SA and same results...then DH had blood tests and all blood tests results came back normal...DH is 32 years old and we got our first appointment letter with urologist our first app with urologist ill be on 19th april...Idk but I feel like everything has gone nothing has left with us now this life seems useless for us...anyone who is going through similar phase ?

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Re: DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« Reply #1 on: 4/03/13, 18:32 »
I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through. It is incredibly hard :/

I just joined this forum too and my DH is also dealing with Azoospermia. We've been trying for 3 1/2 years and he is now 29 and I'm 25. I've been through the full fertility workup and am fine but they finally tested DH and found the issue. His SA results were:

SA #1: Rare motile sperm found (rare = 1-3 total)
SA #2: Rare non-motile sperm found
SA #3: Rare non-motile sperm found
SA #4: 0 sperm found.

All of his blood tests and hormone levels have come out completely normal, so the Dr's think there must be an obstruction. He's had a testicular ultrasound and a prostate ultrasound and those looked normal except there is a bit of thickening to the "tubes" (whatever they're called) that carry the sperm. He was given a 6-8 week course of antibiotics between SA #3 and #4 as a shot in the dark but it didn't help and we were devastated with the result of SA #4. He's scheduled to have a 3 part surgery in May. The first part is the testicular biopsy to see if there is sperm production and to freeze any sperm they find for ICSI/IVF use. The 2nd part is a dye test to find the obstruction if sperm production is fine, and then 3rd to try to repair the obstruction if at all possible.

DH had an inguinal hernia repaired when he was 6 that we've wondered could be the cause of this, but it was only on one side so our Dr thinks it wouldn't take the sperm count down to nothing.

We're very anxious to find out more with the surgery as it's been such a long, frustrating, and heartbreaking road. We don't know anyone with this same problem. Both of us are young and healthy so nobody can understand that we are infertile. We live in the US and our insurance doesn't cover anything beyond finding out the cause of infertility, so the part of the surgery to repair the issue will cost us $10,000 out of pocket alone. We are overwhelmed with the thought of paying that much, it not working, and then having to come up with all the money for ICSI. It sounds like where you are you can get some of these things paid for which is amazing!

Don't lose hope yet. Depending on what the specialist finds, you have options! Whether it's ICSI, surgery, donor sperm, embryo adoption, or adopting a child, you will become a parent somehow. :)

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« Reply #2 on: 8/03/13, 18:17 »
Hi, i remember well the day i found out my hubby had the same problem. All his bloods and hormone and scans were normal so they put it down to obstructive azoospermia. He had a surgical sperm retrival op last september which was a success, they got 6 straws of sperm to use for 2 funded icsi cycles. Im due to start down reg in my next period. I felt no hope at first and couldnt understand why this had to happen to us, i really sympathise with you, the key is to remain positive and patient as u have found my clinic do not seem to rush xx

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« Reply #3 on: 9/03/13, 14:14 »
Hi, i remember well the day i found out my hubby had the same problem. All his bloods and hormone and scans were normal so they put it down to obstructive azoospermia. He had a surgical sperm retrival op last september which was a success, they got 6 straws of sperm to use for 2 funded icsi cycles. Im due to start down reg in my next period. I felt no hope at first and couldnt understand why this had to happen to us, i really sympathise with you, the key is to remain positive and patient as u have found my clinic do not seem to rush xx
Thanks a lot. Good luck may success knocks at your door very soon.

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Re: DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« Reply #4 on: 9/03/13, 14:15 »
I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through. It is incredibly hard :/

I just joined this forum too and my DH is also dealing with Azoospermia. We've been trying for 3 1/2 years and he is now 29 and I'm 25. I've been through the full fertility workup and am fine but they finally tested DH and found the issue. His SA results were:

SA #1: Rare motile sperm found (rare = 1-3 total)
SA #2: Rare non-motile sperm found
SA #3: Rare non-motile sperm found
SA #4: 0 sperm found.

All of his blood tests and hormone levels have come out completely normal, so the Dr's think there must be an obstruction. He's had a testicular ultrasound and a prostate ultrasound and those looked normal except there is a bit of thickening to the "tubes" (whatever they're called) that carry the sperm. He was given a 6-8 week course of antibiotics between SA #3 and #4 as a shot in the dark but it didn't help and we were devastated with the result of SA #4. He's scheduled to have a 3 part surgery in May. The first part is the testicular biopsy to see if there is sperm production and to freeze any sperm they find for ICSI/IVF use. The 2nd part is a dye test to find the obstruction if sperm production is fine, and then 3rd to try to repair the obstruction if at all possible.

DH had an inguinal hernia repaired when he was 6 that we've wondered could be the cause of this, but it was only on one side so our Dr thinks it wouldn't take the sperm count down to nothing.

We're very anxious to find out more with the surgery as it's been such a long, frustrating, and heartbreaking road. We don't know anyone with this same problem. Both of us are young and healthy so nobody can understand that we are infertile. We live in the US and our insurance doesn't cover anything beyond finding out the cause of infertility, so the part of the surgery to repair the issue will cost us $10,000 out of pocket alone. We are overwhelmed with the thought of paying that much, it not working, and then having to come up with all the money for ICSI. It sounds like where you are you can get some of these things paid for which is amazing!

Don't lose hope yet. Depending on what the specialist finds, you have options! Whether it's ICSI, surgery, donor sperm, embryo adoption, or adopting a child, you will become a parent somehow. :)
Good luck and thanks a lot.

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« Reply #5 on: 16/03/13, 14:54 »
Hi Tulip, I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis.  I am currently going though something very similar with my DH - we think down to a very large varicose vein! It might be worth you checking out the Non Obstructive Azoospermia thread as even though it might be obstructive then you can find out some very helpful info? The ladies on there ahve been a huge help to me.

Good luck xxxx

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Re: DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« Reply #6 on: 30/04/13, 12:56 »
:Hi  we had our first appointment with urologist on 23rd April where he did physical examination, asked about history, some general questions...he explained about azoospermia. Then he ordered blood tests at the same time, so my hubby submitted blood samples and yes before everything nurse came to my hubby and asked for urine sample as well...they told us that we ill receive our appointments for ultra sound and SA by post or telephone then when we ill have our appointmentswe ill be informed about urine and blood tests results. .but dr said that blood result ill show whether this is obstructive or non obstructive azoospermia he didn't refer us to FS.

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« Reply #7 on: 30/04/13, 12:57 »
My hubby had blood tests which was ordered by GP..and those test results shows that hormones were in normal range...now the urologist again asked for blood tests according to him which will show whether this is obstructive or non obstructive azoospermia...my question is that do you girls think there would be any difference between the previous blood tests results and the current blood test result which we will receive very soon ? I think so all of your hubbies had blood tests so were those of urologist blood tests result differed from the previous one ? and another thing what urologist told us that if there would be no production of sperms so we could not do anything in that case but what I have seen on internet nowadays there are treatments available for the most worst case as well ..

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Re: DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« Reply #8 on: 2/05/13, 19:30 »
Hi Tulip,

I saw this and wanted to add some support.  My husband got an original azoospermia diagnosis in late 2011 and there are lots of us out there who understand how you are feeling. 

We were told that if a man produces literally zero sperm in multiple tests (as was the case with my husband) it is unlikely to be obstructive.  This was confirmed with ultrasound.

My husband's blood tests were fine (ie hormone levels normal) but he still has non-obstructive.   My understanding is it can be caused by lots of other things such as injuries, illnesses, chromosomal issues etc.

My husband underwent a TESE procedure in Spring 2012 and sadly there were no sperm present in his tissue which was another huge blow.

I know it doesn't feel like it at the moment but it gets better.  It knocked us sideways and it took a long time before we started to feel positive again so be kind to yourselves.

Bumble Bus x

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Re: DH diagnosed with Azoospermia
« Reply #9 on: 9/05/13, 14:08 »
Hi we are back from ultra sound so according to the person who did ultrasound he said my hubby blood flow is normal, there is no blockage, testicles size is normal everything is normal so according to him its non obstructive azoospermia  I think its the most worst scenerio case.

 

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