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New here! MFI and IVF

Hi all! I've been lurking for sometime, and am now able to finally post. My husband & I are both 30, married for 7 years and TTC since beginning of 2016. After a year of trying, he was sent for semen analysis which showed <1 mil total sperm, with almost no motility. He did have a small varicocele that was found when we went to urologist and he suggested surgery to fix this, but there was no guarantee that it would help his numbers. We waited until speaking with our RE before making the decision on having him go through surgery. In her experience, she felt even if my husband had a significant increase from the varicocele repair (which would be unlikely) that we still would not be out of the range of having to do IVF. SO, instead of making him go through something that may not change our overall status, we elected to go straight to IVF. 

I started birth control pills on 7/23 and just had my first Lupron injection two nights ago (8/16). We plan to have PGS and hope for a FET sometime the end of September - early October. We are both very excited, yet nervous about everything. 

Reading these posts have been very information and I thank you all for sharing! We've been very open about this whole process with all of our friends, family, co-workers, etc about everything. It's been cathartic in a way to talk to everyone about it.

We never in a million years thought we would have to go through this to have a child, but since we have started, it almost feels like we were made to go through this (if that makes any sense at all LOL).
Me 30 DH: 31 Married for 7 years
Dx: MFI
TTC since 2016
August 2017: IVF #1 (11 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 3 fertilized with ICIS, 2 Frozen)
FET #1:  October 11th -- Beta only 12. CP 
FET #2: January 12th -- BFP!

Re: New here! MFI and IVF

  • Welcome! Good luck with stimming and I hope the whole process goes smoothly for you and your stay here is short and sweet. Looks like you and DH have a great outlook. All the best :)
    Me: 35 I DH: 38
    *TW loss and children mentioned*
    DD:2006 | Dx: Unexplained Secondary Infertility | DS: 2011

    TFAS since 2012

    Oct 16: Spontaneous BFP | m/c @ 9w1d (massive SCH) | D&C
    Apr 17: IUI #1 = BFN
    May 17: IUI #2 = BFN
    Jun 17: IUI #3 = Late BFP (18 DPO) | NMC 17Jul17 @ ~6w
    Aug 17: IUI #4 = Cancelled due to premature ovulation | TI = BFN
    Sep 17: IUI #5 = Cancelled due to overstimulation (10+ follies)
    Nov 17: IVF #1 = Cancelled due to non-IF related health issue | TI = BFN
    Dec 17: IVF #1 = Puregon 200, Menopur 75, Orgalutran, Suprefact trigger due to OHSS risk | 22R, 18M, 16F, 10B frozen  
    Feb 18: FET #1 (medicated) = BFN
    Mar 18: FET #2 (natural cycle) = CP (beta 1: 54; beta 2: 0)
    Apr 18: FET #3 (natural cycle) = cancelled due to missed ovulation
    Apr 18: FET #3 (natural cycle) = BFP! Beta 1: 201  Beta 2: 585 Beta 3: 3254 Beta 4: 9715 U/S 19May - one bean measuring on track with a HB of 125!
    EDD: 07Jan2019 Team Green
    My Rainbow Baby Boy born 03Jan2019 <3 

    BusinessWife
  • Thank you very much, all the best to you as well!
    Me 30 DH: 31 Married for 7 years
    Dx: MFI
    TTC since 2016
    August 2017: IVF #1 (11 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 3 fertilized with ICIS, 2 Frozen)
    FET #1:  October 11th -- Beta only 12. CP 
    FET #2: January 12th -- BFP!
    BusinessWife
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  • Welcome! Our diagnosis is MFI as well, namely low motility and high sperm dna fragmentation. Feel free to jump into the Aug IVF thread, I'm stimming right now as well for our first mini IVF cycle. In some ways, I wish we would have jumped strait to IVF instead of doing many IUI's but hindsight is 20:20 I guess. 

    Are you doing ICSI? We are, and I feel like it's generally recommended for couples with MFI.
    Good luck! and it's good you are able to stay in good spirits! 

    Me 31 DH 33 Married since July 2010
    TTC #1 since June 2015 ----> MFI (High DNA Fragmentation) & Mild endometriosis
    Aug 2016 - May 2017  6 IUI's with letrozole - BFN
    April 2017 - laparoscopy to remove mild endo
    June 2017 - Mini IVF letrozole 12.5mg, Gonal-F 75IU - Cancelled early ovulation, no eggs retrieved. 
    Aug/Sept 2017 - Mini IVF letrozole 12.5mg, Gonal-F 75IU, cetrotide - 13 eggs retrieved, 11 mature
    5 eggs ICSI'd 6 eggs frozen - 1 day 5 blast transfered, 2 expanded blast frozen - BFP!


    BusinessWife
  • Thank you @ReesaAnne16! We will be doing ICSI as well. I'll have to get in the Aug IVF thread. Yeah, initially we wanted to try IUI first but my RE didnt think we would have any success with that. 

    I hope everything goes well during stim for you. I hope we can stay in good spirits but still be realistic as well. gotta find a good balance I guess!! Good luck!!
    Me 30 DH: 31 Married for 7 years
    Dx: MFI
    TTC since 2016
    August 2017: IVF #1 (11 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 3 fertilized with ICIS, 2 Frozen)
    FET #1:  October 11th -- Beta only 12. CP 
    FET #2: January 12th -- BFP!
    BusinessWifeReesaAnne16
  • Welcome!  It was a while for us of trying before we finally got our SA and it came back zero. :/ We never in a million years thought we'd be doing ivf, but ivf+ICSI was our only shot; we never had iuis as an option. :/  Anywho!  Just waiting for CD1 to start my stims any minute now!  This will be my first ivf cycle and Im really hoping after my husband's MESA/TESE retrieval, the worst may be behind us.  We shall l see... Come join us on thr july/august thread too! :) Nice to see you jumping in! ❤
    Me: 35 | DH: 42 ~ TTC May 2015 thru Dec 2017
    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | 10/16 - MFI Azoo dx confirmed. No known genetic cause. Vas deferens absent.
    3/17 - DH started Clomid to prepare for MESA/TESE | 4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | 7/17 - Successful retrieval for DH!
    9/17 - Two BTB IVFs  | 10/17 - Polypectomy  |  11/17 - 1st FET ended in CP | 12/17 - 2nd FET ... BFP!!! <3 EDD: 09/09/18

    Our little miracle is finally here!


    ReesaAnne16
  • I had the same story as you. DH has tons of varicocele in both sides, we started at a urologist and he did a mesa, which is a mapping and froze sperm but my RE will only use fresh sperm lol so we had my ER in April. They got 10 eggs and he had 11 live sperm in his sample total! We got two PGS normal blast and I'm currently pregnant from a FET in July, I'm almost 8 weeks! Hang in there they can do so much with very little sperm! ❤️
  • Also the urologist and RE told him the surgery would've been a waste of money! They have so many studies showing that varicocele only has a short tterm effect on sperm count! So lucky we didn't go through with it and you didn't either! Best of luck with stimming!
  • @BusinessWife I'm sorry that you all are going through this too! Good luck with stimming, looks like we are all starting around the same time! I'm going to jump over the other thread as well! Best of luck to you and hubby :smiley:

    @simurphy12 Congratulations to you too!!! How wonderful. It's reassuring hearing a similar successful story, thank you for sharing! After you saying your RE didn't recommend surgery either, we feel even more comfortable with the decision! The urologist we saw was VERY VERY eager to jump to surgery of course. I'm so glad we didn't. Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
    Me 30 DH: 31 Married for 7 years
    Dx: MFI
    TTC since 2016
    August 2017: IVF #1 (11 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 3 fertilized with ICIS, 2 Frozen)
    FET #1:  October 11th -- Beta only 12. CP 
    FET #2: January 12th -- BFP!
    BusinessWife
  • Welcome @tnh0413 ! We too have a MFI diagnosis, though ours is from low motility and low morphology (0%). I hear many ladies talking about how they were considering surgery and we were never even given that option! I'm not sure why but I agree, if it won't change the outcome it doesn't seem worth it to subject them to that. We are doing IVF with ICSI in September (been on birth control for over a month now and Lord am I ready for that to be over!) so you'll have to keep us updated! I hope that you have success with your FET! 
    Me & DH: 28  |  TTC since May 2016  |  DH: Morphology 0%  |  2 IUI's with Clomid - BFN  |  IVF ICSI Sept. 2017
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