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*Steph*

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Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 9:29am

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My DP and I are still thinking about having children. He had a sample taken years ago which showed no sperm and we went to Docs a bit ago who said they'd want another sample. My query is if this sample showed no sperm as well what would be the next step?



I'm presuming some sort of investigative surgery/scan and if so is that something we can get done on the NHS?



Also, if he does produce sperm but can't deliver it would that mean ICSI and again is it a procedure we can get done on NHS or does it depend on area?



Neither of us have children and we are in West Yorkshire.



Also, what sort of time frame are we looking at for the above and usually how many goes do you get?



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DP: 41 - azoospermia
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Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 6:04pm

Hi Steph

I don't know a huge amount about male factor issues but I am pretty sure you should be able to get all your investigations done on the NHS.

Unfortunately, the same may not apply for treatment, it is a complete postcode lottery and depends on your PCT. The best way to find out would be to speak to your GP or local PCT or the HFEA web site might be helpful if you go and have a look.

If it is possible for some sperm to be retrieved then I would think that ICSI is likely, purely as ICSI delivers an individual sperm into each egg, rather than just putting all the eggs and sperm in a dish and leaving them to their own devises (IVF). If not many sperm are available then ICSI would be the best option.

:goodluck: on your journey, I am sure someone with more experience on male factor will be along soon enough to be a bit more helpful!

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Thursday, September 16th 2010, 7:36am

hi Gracie,
I too would be interested in these answers. Dh had to wait 2 months to see endocronologist, he was very good and has suggested ultrasound which he has next week, we only saw endo last week. our gp didnt refer us to a fertility specialist but endo has told us to go back and request this, he said whatever dh has to have done following scan will be well out of the way by the time we get our fertility appointment. Just for info our gp wrote to endo about dhs hormones because his testosterone was low, he ended the letter by saying 'this couple will need to use donor sperm if they want to become parents' endo was surprised at this statement as apart from the 1 sa and blood tests dh has had no other tests! Endo took one look at dh and because of his stubble said he cant believe testosterone so low or that there wouldnt be any sperm at all to use.
Bamboo x

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Thursday, September 16th 2010, 10:03am

Thank you for the reply Gracie. It's been about 2 years since we first thought about it so I just had a nosey through some of my old posts and found answers to my queries. It's amazing how much I'd forgotten, mind you I can't believe 2 years have gone by so quickly.

DP is still not sure. He's not keen on all the tests, etc so will have to see how he feels.
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Sunday, October 10th 2010, 10:14am

Hi Steph

you should be refered by your Gp for further investigations, they will provide tests and treatment to you as a couple, so you will both have bloods and tests. If your DH does have a zero count again they may offer bloods to check hormone levels and then a scan to check there is not an obstruction, they can perform a SSR (Surgical Sperm Retreival) Operation which is where they insert a needle directly into the tests to extract sperm, if successful they will then use what theu fund in future ICSI tx.
There are others options such as donor sperm which the clinic would discuss with you and counseling as a couiple would be offered to, just to talk through your feelings / thoughts, as communicaton really is the key in all of this.

I know you are no where near this stage yet, but if you did decide to go to a private clinic and they offered donor sperm, providing your tests were clear they could offer IUI which would be much cheaper and much less invasive - just a thought. Sorry I know all of this is a lot to take in, please feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions.........

Some clinics offer this as part of the funded NHS through the local PCT, others offer some of the treatment and some areas have none, it is a postcode lottery, sadly.

I would suggest ringing your local PCT and aksing questions re: funding and the criteria. You could also find local clinics on the internet, most have informative websites with prices etc..

Good Luck x

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