After our 4th try on the NHS i am considering going private...
My husband has obstructive azoospermia which means he does produce mature sperm but it just cant get out. He had an infection around 5 years ago which blocked the vas deferans. We were not warned at all by his GP at the time this could cause fertility issues, he was just given a 5 day course of antibiotics.
We were absolutely devastated when the clinic called us...we had been trying for 8 months and decided to have a private fertility MOT done just 'to be sure all was okay' we didnt expect anything to be wrong with him, definately thought me as i have issues with my bladder following an operation in 2014 (not linked at all we now know)
My husband got the call while at work, he couldn't even speak when he called me....we got home that night (23rd Dec 2015) and cried all night....xmas was cancelled that year!
The clinic had started talking to us about sperm donation and asked us to come in for another seman sample in 2 days as it had to be 3 days between.
I called our GP as i knew it was likely to be a very long costly road and got an appointment for the next day....my husband was asked to get a sample into our local hospital on his bday....as its a hour bus ride away and the sample had to be deposited within 30 mins of production he had no choice but to use their toilets as they had no facilities...fun way to spend your bday!!
The hospital lost his sample so a week later he was back there to do it again
We then had 3 samples of 0 sperm so they confirmed azoospermia.
We did alot of research and discovered there are two types....obstructive and non obstructive....we prayed he had obstructive so we could have a chance at being biological parents.
Once my husband had had various blood tests and examinations they decided a bi-lateral testicular biopsy would be sensible...
Roughly 4 - 6 weeks later we made our way to the hospital to find out his results...this was May 2016. He amazingly had normal production in one teste and half in the other meaning we could have icsi. We were sooooo happy.
Now a year after our first ICSI attempt we have had 3 failed cycles and one success (misscarried at 6.5 weeks)....we found out today our 4th time didnt work sadly.
My husband has had genetic testing which is all normal, i have had a cavity scan and hysteroscopy, all normal....the clinic keep saying its bad luck and follow the same protocol each time.
I am thinking maybe its time to go private (we still have two FETs on NHS) but i am fed up with being fobbed off and want to maximise our chances.
I spoke to the ARGC clinic today who have a success rate of 87% for someone like me with no fertility issues and is 30. They suggested immune and thyroid testing as it appears to be an implantation problem.
Has anyone had these tests done after unsuccessful rounds and been successful? I dont want to be naive and pay for things which arent proven yet but am feeling like i need some assurance the next time will be different.
Really would appreciate your responses 😙