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Anyone used Surgical Sperm Retrieval for sperm with high DNA frag and got better results?

Celloheggy
Celloheggy

We’ve had the comet neutral test and the fragmentation is happening on ejaculation. So they’ve suggested SSR to get the sperm directly from DH testicles in the hope they will be less damaged. Just sooo expensive! This is our last cycle (I think!).

Any thoughts?

Xx

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I am going Micro-TESE and IMSI for the next round in Greece....much cheaper there. Will keep you posted x

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Anna_88

Aren’t you currently on a cycle??? X

Anna_88
Anna_88 in reply to Celloheggy

Yep....EC tomorrow, and I have the fourth one already sorted out. It’s how I cope with things....x

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Anna_88

🤣. Well fingers crossed you don’t need a 4th cycle!! I know what you mean, I’m ok at the moment but think I’ll be a mess if our next and final cycle doesn’t work.

Good luck tomorrow 🤞🏻Xx

Anna_88
Anna_88 in reply to Celloheggy

Thank you ❤️

This cycle is with a sperm donor who has had a known pregnancy, so very interested to see the results. Is it my eggs? Or the fragmentation? Questions about why I never get blastocysts....and the only way to truly find out 😫

If you know of anyone doing micro teste in London would be super keen to hear about it. I already have a Greek doctor in Athens, but London would be easier - just SO expensive....

Xx

Melrey
Melrey in reply to Anna_88

They do micro tese at bourne hall Cambridge x

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Anna_88

If we do it, it’ll be with Mr Ramsey at Lister. No one has given me an exact figure but £4-5k has been mentioned by Mr Ramsey. 😬x

Anna_88
Anna_88 in reply to Celloheggy

Wow. That’s a lot.....do they freeze extra sperm too? I assume the £4K will be for numerous cycles, not just one cycle? 😬

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Anna_88

Yep, but I’m guessing that’ll be another £435!! 🤣

Spoke to him last night, he said they normally get enough for a fresh cycle, a frozen cycle and a sample to have a Frag test done (if we want another frag test!). Husband gets a free Jockstrap...woo! X

Anna_88
Anna_88 in reply to Celloheggy

😂😂

Ok, phew that’s not so bad. For a minute, I thought it was one cycle! I am seeing Dr Ramsey on Tuesday...right after my EC. Literally doing everything I can right now - sheer desperation! X

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Anna_88

Have you had the comet neutral test done?

X

Anna_88
Anna_88 in reply to Celloheggy

Had a fragmentation test which showed 42% damage...having the COMET on Tuesday. Is there just one COMET test? X

Melrey
Melrey in reply to Celloheggy

Hi there. We are considering micro tese also. Did u end up going for it and if so where are you at in your story? Hoping for the best for you x

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Melrey

Nope not going for it, just using frozen sample again. Our frozen sample is within the parameters for good ICSI results in 2 out of 3 areas. There hasn’t been enough research into the quality of surgical retrieved sperm to convince us to go down this route. Wishing you luck x

Melrey
Melrey in reply to Celloheggy

Wishing u guys all the best fingers and toes crossed this is the one. It’s such a hard road to go down. We start 3rd cycle soon x

Melrey
Melrey in reply to Celloheggy

Does that price including drugs?

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Melrey

Drugs for what? That’s the price for surgical removal incl theatre etc. You pay for Ivf & drugs separately.

Same circumstance damage occurring on ejaculation and we tried IMSI before resorting to SSR and it did the trick for us so he didn’t need to have SSR in the end. With IMSI we got 100 % fertilised and 100% make it to day 5 blasts. I’m 21 weeks pregnant with one and we still have some in the freezer. Cost wise and invasiveness wise I think it’s worth a try before resorting to surgery (we were also patients of Dr Ramsay and had our cycle at the Lister) xx

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Missl73

Thanks Missl73, and congratulations!! Our last cycle they couldn’t do IMSI as there weren’t enough swimmers. Starting our last ever cycle next month, and I imagine they won’t be able to Imsi again as we are using the same frozen sample.

Good luck with everything xxx

Missl73
Missl73 in reply to Celloheggy

Oh really that's odd, if there's enough sperm to do ICSI surely there's enough for IMSI when the only difference is the strength of the microscope they use to select the sperm??! My husbands counts have always been incredibly low but that didn't make a difference between those two methods. Anyhow, good luck I really hope this is your successful cycle xx

Celloheggy
Celloheggy in reply to Missl73

Something specifically to do with numbers of swimmers and it being another selection process. So if they look down the normal microscope and there is only one swimmer they are going to select that one anyway. It did make sense when the consultant explained it to me!! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy xx

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