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Old Wed Jul 20, 2016, 09:36 PM
mandi273 mandi273 is offline
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I'm new so not quite sure if this is where this topic belongs (sorry if not)...I'm a spouse/caregiver of a patient with SAA who had a successful transplant 9/12/14. We have been waiting and waiting to see whether fertility would be an issue. We just found out that my husbands sperm count is 0 even though he had very little chemo/radiation. We haven't really gotten a full answer, just told that patients have seen fertility "come back" 6 months to 4 years post-transplant. So I'm just looking for any advice/life experience out there. Now is the time that we wanted to start having kids so I don't know if I should go see a specialist or if he should see someone else or if we should just go ahead and try using the frozen sperm and see how that goes or if we should save up the money to do IVF. We did freeze some sperm after he had a failed ATG treatment pre-transplant so there's still some hope I think. Any advice/real life stories are greatly appreciated. We're just feeling sulky today.
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Old Sat Jul 23, 2016, 09:59 PM
sstewart09 sstewart09 is offline
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My husband had a mini transplant, no radiation, 2/2013. He was tested last year for fertility and his sperm count was normal. I've also been in contact with someone who had a transplant about a year before my husband and he and his wife conceived naturally. There is hope! Maybe test again in a year or if your clock is ticking, go forward with IVF. It's frustrating, believe me I know!! Best of luck to you!
Samantha, wife of Joe age 34; diagnosed vsaa 2012; MUD BMT February 2013
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