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Hi everyone,

I am a 38 year old Northerner from Cheshire in the Uk.

This forum has been amazing and has offered so much support through some dark times. I felt I really wanted to give back and help anyone out there going through similar struggles, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

We first started to try for a family in Feb 2020. Around Sep time I just had a gut feeling that something wasn’t quite right and decided to check it out at a clinic.
Straight away the spotlight was on me, perhaps due to my age. All the tests came back fine and I even had a HSG which was also fine.

Then a SA was recommended.
Our ‘real’ fertility struggle started in March 2021 when my husband was diagnosed with Non-Obstructive Azoospermia as a result of both undescending testicles as a child.
This was corrected at the age of 9 or 10.
We had no phone call to discuss the meaning of this ugly word, just everyone’s friend- google to help get some answers.

This came to an absolute shock to us both and my husband was never made aware that this could lead to infertility. His parents never mentioned this as he went through adolescence.
Needless to say he was crushed and my husband had a lot of anger and struggled to deal with it at first.
(We have been together for 10 years, married for 3)

Fast forward a few painful and agonising months of tests and scans, but with a fantastic Andrologist / new clinic who left no stone unturned, super helpful, but also realistic of our case that my husbands correction was considered very late and that this was both testicles.
All of his test results were normal, FSH and testosterone.
Along we clung onto this as a good indication, our doctor highlighted that this isn’t always the case and nothing fo

So my husband was booked in for a Micro-TESE in Jun with no guarantee they would find anything.
(Change of lifestyle was introduced, limited alcohol, eating healthy etc)
Prior to this he was on medication for one month only. (Gonal-F…ironically I work for the life science company who produce this)
The Micro-TESE was a success!
I am not sure who was more thrilled-us or the doctors!
They were incredible and retrieved 6 vials of sperm (apparently they could have got a lot more) and classed as grade A quality.

We’re still taking all of this in and appreciate we have a long journey ahead and it won’t be easy, but it’s now a brighter path as we plan to hopefully board the ICSI train.

The next step is for me to take stims in a few days, which will hopefully lead to an egg collection this month and a potential transfer.

I have nothing but respect for anyone going through this roller-coaster journey, you are not alone and there is no shame.
My husband has a lot of questions, but still cannot bring himself to approach his parents. Our doctor was quite adamant they would have been informed of the consequences.

My advice to couples out there would be to try to get both sides tested simultaneously if you feel there’s a delay in trying to conceive naturally.
When we went with a different clinic and I mentioned I had all the checks, HSG.
My RE’s personal approach said she wouldn’t put women through the invasive HSG. Her logic was ‘you wouldn’t check the road ahead without having no car to start with’. Makes sense I guess. Don’t ever, ever give up because there are so many positive stories and outcomes, even if it seems like hope is lost. You’ll get there one way or another.
 
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