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October 23rd, 2012, 12:02 PM
wastcougr's Avatar TTCMA as of July 2014
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Hey everyone,

I'm Christi and I'm almost 39. DH is 42 and has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. I have no children of my own, nor do I think I can get PG due to health issues (never been PG, either). Despite this, we've been TTCing for 4 cycles now, and I just have a quick question.

DH had blood work done recently, and in light of us TTC, he asked for his testosterone to be checked. We got the results back yesterday and he's low... nearly 60 points lower than the low end of the "normal" scale.

My question is: What can we expect from an SA that he will be having at the end of this month? Will the low testosterone cause a low number of sperm, or will it affect motility, etc.?

Thanks for reading and any replies,

Me: 41, DH: 44 (He has a 15-year-old from a previous marriage)
I'm a Type 1 diabetic (28 years and counting), and I've had gastric bypass (Dec, 2013 - currently at goal weight)

Started with an RE on 7/23/2014 and so far:

SA came back with 44 million, 27.3% alive
Fibroids present, endometriosis suspected, had surgery in Dec 2014 to correct
HSG normal - both tubes open

Cycle 1: August, 2014 - Natural, failed

Cycle 2: September, 2014 - Chemical Pregnancy

Cycle 3: October, 2014 - Failed IUI

Cycle 4: November, 2014 - Failed IUI

Cycle 5: December, 2014 - Missed due to surgery

Cycle 6: January, 2015 - Failed IUI

Cycle 7: February, 2015 - Failed IUI

Cycle 8: March, 2015 - Natural cycle, failed

Cycle 9 - IVF #1: April, 2015 - 13 eggs retrieved, 8 fertilized, 4 transferred (3-day), 4 frosties. Chemical pregnancy.

Cycle 10: Natural cycle in preparation for FET in June, 2015.
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November 14th, 2012, 09:29 PM
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From my understanding sperm count can be related to testosterone levels, at least that's what i've read. I think one of the treatments for low sperm count can be Clomid, which can trick the body into producing more testosterone in men. So it's possible that his sperm count will be low. I don't think there is a direct relationship between testosterone levels and morphology, but I don't know about motility.

Hope that helps.
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November 28th, 2012, 08:37 PM
MamaT3blessings's Avatar Super Mommy
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I'm just bored, lurking around different forums and wanted to chime in.

I once dated a guy who had very low testosterone. His testosterone was so low that he actually did not produce sperm. So yes, they definitely are related.

I'm sure your DH does not have it as bad as my ex did. His testosterone was really low. I don't know the exact numbers, but I do know it was like the lowest it could possibly be. It was extremely low.

Thanks Kiliki for the siggie!

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December 4th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Jlynn's Avatar Jamielynn
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My husband has next to no testosterone. We just found this out in Sep. His counts are low and his morphology is awful.
They put him on clomid in hopes that it will help.
IUI #1 = BFP but ended in the loss of our boy Carter
12 failed IUIs followed
After TTC baby #2 for almost 5 years
We are happily ADOPTING our rainbow baby.
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March 12th, 2013, 11:51 PM
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I think your husband should go for continuous checkups and appointments and there are many products available in the market concern with the good doctor and try out them.
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