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Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 9:48pm

Not really sure where to begin

My partner has been told he has no sperm in his semen, he has had a test done twice with the same result. this was a couple of years ago with his ex partner.
As a child he had leukemia and went through chemotherapy, and we know this can cause infertility to 1 in 10 men.
Unfortunately my partner wasn't told what sort of test he had done and what options he had, he was referred to a private clinic at the time but couldn't afford to do it.
At this time I am not sure whether I can have children myself, but will soon be taking steps to find out. We are getting married in 2012 and know that we have a long process ahead of us to being able to have a child, so we want to start looking into it now, so that when we get married I will have either conceived or be close to conceiving.
I keep reading online, about men being told they have no sperm but then going private and finding at least one sperm in a sample, but none of them have mentioned chemotherapy.
I really just want to know if there is a teeney weeney chance that my partner will be able to have a biological child or if we will have to look at a donor.
If anyone could help I would really appreciate it, even if it's just directing me in the right place to look. I just really don't know where to start.


Oh I am 22 and my partner is 26

Sorry for such a long post.

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Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:28pm

Hi Hun. I'm older than you but in a similar situation. My dh had cancer as a child and chemo. He also had semen analysis returned as nada! He had a biopsy (tese) which showed he had spermatids but no mature sperm. From what i understand, even with chemo ( dhs was a very aggressive treatment) there is hope of finding sperm in the testes. I would take a read of the tese streams. Probably not what you want to hear, but we have gone the donor sperm route. We have been advised that more recently spermatids can be used and provision of drugs before can help improve results of tese. We haven't gone this route as we started the donor route before, and have some reservations on quality of embryos from this. This is purely me, as I am not a medical person.

Short of it is that there is a chance for you to have your own biological child. I really wish you the best of luck. If you want to know anything specifically, then pm me.

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Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:39pm

thanks for replying.

We had already convinced ourselves that we would have to go down the donor route anyway. It was only by chance that i came across the posts giving me just a little bit of hope.

I guess when he feels ready to (plus when we have saved up enough money) it might be worth trying a few more tests just to see what our chances are.

It's still very new and scary to me, especialy not knowing what my situation is either.

In a sad way it is nice to know we are not alone. :|

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Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:47pm

You aren't alone! There is hope for you, but I don't know if you can have tese on the nhs. But things move on all the time. It's worth a go. I think tese has about 40% or so success rate. Research your clinics first. Mine was fine, but there are probably better ones out there to deal with your situation. We've just changed clinics, and it's this new one that suggested we try tese with meds before as there is hope! So don't give up! Xx


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Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:53pm

Hi and welcome

I hope you like it on here, we have very friendly and supportive members that are sure to make your TTC journey that little bit easier, I hope you feel right at home with us all soon.

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