My dh was dx with Head defects. He didn't take the news as hard as I thought he did when the dr told us, but he took it hard once we were home. It was also the same day I was told we may have to use donor eggs.
Did anyones dh get dx with the same thing? What treatment did you use? Can anyone give me some on advice? Should I plan on having a natural child? Should we also consider donor sperm with donor egg? If we do that, we'd might as well adopt. Any answers would be great.
My dh also has sperm morphology issues. I read about something called Pycnogenol which is a product made of bark extract. I bought some from Holland & Barratt and I'm going to see if it improves things. Have a read on the internet.
My hubby had a test with morph problems. His initial sample was 5 days after his last ejaculation. We were told to resubmit the test making sure his sperm production was regular. He last ejaculated 3 days to the minute before his next test and the results were excellent quality sperm.
My hubby took the news of the initial sample quite well as it gave us a reason for the failure to conceive so he actually looked on it as a positive result.
At the point when we thought there was going to be a problem we were told that we would probably have to use ICSI which is when and individual properly formed sperm is injected directly into the egg. Everything else is the same as IVF it just costs more!
Sounds like you are having a pretty lousy time all in. Hopefully you won't have to use donor eggs. People do also donate embryos and in the UK we have to complete a form stating what we want for any frozen embryos in the event of death of either party. Embryo donation might be easier than donor eggs and sperm. If you are donating embryos you also have the option of giving them all to one couple in order that if they are successful once they might have the opportunity to have a sibling who is going to look similar.
Get you hubby to do another sample before making any decisions.
Thought I would drop you an update - hope you are still visiting this site.
As I told you back in May my DH has been taking a supplement called Pycnogenol and we are now in the middle of our 2nd cycle.
Don't know if it is a coincidence or not but this time we got 10 eggs 8 of which fertilized and we managed to get 1 grade 2 embryo which is doing particularly well - we had nothing better than a grade 3 before.
DH has been drinking loads of water as well as taking the supplement and I've read up about antioxidants and their effect on sperm morphology.
Hope this is of interest and as I say not sure if it is a coincidence or if the Pycnogenol has made the difference.
My DH was dx with count, morph and motility issues. The urologist told him to take "theralogix" (a nutritional supplement) and Clomid. Don't know yet if either have worked (other than the fact that I am not pg). We were also told that ICSI was our best bet since they are able to select the "best" sperm. We are looking at a January cycle due to $.
Has anyone had any luck with ICSI? Our issue is my DH, as far as we can tell I am fine.
As you can see from this thread our problem is my dh sperm morphology. Our first IVF cycle was done 50% IVF & 50% ICSI. Our results showed that under both processes the eggs fertilized and the 2 that were put back actually came from the ICSI batch.
ICSI will eliminate many sperm deficiencies since the sperm doesn't need to find or penetrate the egg itself.
During IVF if there is known to be a sperm issue the process will use the best sperm since his sample will be screened where they will find the strongest, highest quality sperm.
In my own experience (and we don't have a bottomless pit of money) you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible and I would recommend you perhaps split your January cycle 50/50 IVF & ICSI that way you will know if you need to do ICSI in the future or if you could get away with the cheaper IVF instead. Luckily for us our first cycle was funded by our health service but if you are having to pay yourself try to learn as much abot how your eggs and sperm interact.
Hopefully your dh's supplement will make a difference I believe ours has as we have just had 2 high quality blastocysts transferred and the only thing different to before is the Pycnognol and lots of water.
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