Saturday, October 11, 2008

Guest Post from John Dear

(Interpreted from utter incoherence and typed by Jendeis)

Hi, this is John Dear, Jendeis' husband. I have a question for those of you dealing with male-factor infertility.

As you know, I have ejaculatory inhibition which makes it very difficult to get samples for an SA. When I can get a sample, the sample size is too small for the lab to say that the test results are a representative sample of my sperm count, motility, etc. (Though, if the results were representative, they show good count and morphology, but poor motility, enough to push us into IVF/ICSI territory).

Jendeis and I are thinking that we'll have to move forward to another step, something more technical, like electro-ejaculation. Of course, our fertility clinic does not offer that procedure. We'd have to go to Johns Hopkins or another university-type clinic for that.

Has anyone out there dealt with this issue or with Johns Hopkins in particular? Any advice or resources that we should be looking into?

Thanks for your help!


Jen said...

Nope, I haven't dealt with this issue, but everything I have ever heard about Johns Hopkins has been good.

Sunny said...

I know my friend's husband has the same problem. They would give him viagra to try and get a sample. It didn't work that well either. They finally just moved onto IVF and they surgically removed his sperm while they were removing her eggs. The urologist came over to the clinic and did it there.

I'm hoping for good things in the future.

Leslee said...

I don't know anything about inhibition or Johns Hopkins, but my husband, who has azoospermia, did have the TESA surgery done twice (first time for confirmation that he had sperm, second for the IVF). It was a rough process and was more painful than he expected the first time, better the second time (RE did the second one, much more experienced at it than the urologist who did the first).

I've just rambled for no reason... hang in there and good luck!

Elizabeth said...

I'm sorry I don't have any relevant knowledge or advice, but I think we had the same problem, to some degree. We had to cancel three IUIs because no sample was forthcoming. It was so, so stressful. Sorry you are having to deal with this - I hope that the next step works for you guys.
(My word confirmation is zajbump, so I think it will! :-))

barrenisthenewblack said...

I'm sorry I have nothing to add about the male side of infertility, but I wanted to drop by and say it was great seeing you!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I didn't know that today was honoring those lost sweet little babies. I appreciate the heads up...