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Hi everyone,
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We have infertility issues and it is more male factor than female. DH sperm count/morph/mort are not the best around. ::)

Found out yesterday that DH has varicous veins on his balls. :-[ :eek: This may be affecting his sperm count. So he will need the operation to get these removed.

:'( :mad:Am annoyed that the doctors do not look at men infertility enough. They should have done this months and months ago. They examine the women from top to bottom and inside out. And boy do they probe around on the insides. But men ...all they do is the sample in the pot. ;)

The only reason this has been found is that I made the appointment with the urolgist. We were not refered to him. So if I hadnt whinged and moaned, this part of the investigation would have been dismissed.

Will find out next week when the op will be. Has anyone else got experiance of this? ??? ???

Are there any other factors of male infertility that we should also be looking out for?

baby dust to all and thank you for the rant! ;D
shelleyxxx


 

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Hi Shelley,

We have the same prob and I know how frustrating it is. My dh had a cyst on his right side which he had a scan for about two yeras ago. They said it wasn't cancer so off you go. This was before ttc. It did cause him some pain but the drs kept dismissing it.

Anyway after ttc for 15 months we wnt for some tests. I'm all ok but his sa came back with a low count and poor motility. My dh mentioned the cyst to the specialist so he was sent for another scan. They finally discoverd it was blocking his left tube which has then caused these varicose veins.

The consultant explained that they could operate but evidence has shown that it probably won't improve his count etc.

However after reading quite a few posts on other websites it seems that the surgery is quite successful. We are off to get a second opinion. Should we see a urologist or a vascular surgeon??

If this had been discovered at the first scan we would not have had the 15 months of heartache.

Good Luck with it all

let me know how it goes and message me if you have any other tips or questions.

Louise :) :)
 

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Hi Louise,
Thank you for your reply. Isnt it so annoying that they dont look at these things at the beginning instead of wasting people's precious baby making lives?...EEEKKKK
Sorry this has annoyed me sooo much....
 

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hi Shelley and Louise,

I totally understand where you are both coming from as exactly the same thing happened to us. I had 9 iui's which all failed, then read on here about varicoceles and wondered if my partner might have one as he has a big varicous vien at the top of his leg. Our gp was totally dismissive and said there is no evidence that an op would improve things. My consultant couldn't wait to send me off to an ivf clinic and said I will refer your dp but I doubt if there is anything that can be done. This still enrages me when I think of it - are they trying to help us or score points off other departments?
Anyway, after waiting 6 months for a referal, yes there was something that could be done, and 10 weeks later he had the embolisation procedure.
Here comes the positive bit..... Three weeks later we found out I am pregnant!

So really push for this op girls, we are proof that it does affect fertility, and dp's consultant said varicoceles could also be storing up all sorts of trouble for the future - stagnant blood pooling around the kidneys or something, lovely. I don't understand why we have to push so hard to get the other half of the team even looked at.

Also, we both took Marilyn Glenville vits, and everything else she reccomends. Also, dp took Saw Palmetto which is for enlarged prostate , as a chinese herbalist told him he had this, I wonder if that goes along with a varicocele? Also Q10, pycnogenol, and other stuff. If you look at the section on here on page 2 'how can we improve sperm count' it is all listed on there. I cannot recall it all now.

I think under the other dicussion on varicoceles on this board a lady from Canada posted a really positive story too, I will try to find it and let you know.

It took us 2 years to get to this point and I was tearing my hair out as I am 40 now and could hear that bloody clock ticking! So don't give up, keep positive and good luck to you both,

Allison xx

Now 12 weeks pregnant, and still can't believe it!
 

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thanks Allison.

Congratulations on your BFP ;D

I have just made an appointment for dh to see a urologist before we go to the ivf clinic. I feel as if I'm the dr sometimes with all the questions i ask!!

I hope we have the same outcome.

There is one other prob which may been syrgery may not improve his count and that is the blockage in the vas def tube on the right side. He didn't say it was a total block but it is causing some swelling.The dr said its a bit like a vasectomy except a natural one!! at least vasectomy reversals have good results.

Anyway at least we are heading in the right direction finally.

Shelley hope you get your BFP soon xx

Allison have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Louise xx
 
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