You may have seen I posted a few weeks ago about my GPA and my consultants proposed 'maintenance' treatment of daily Azatheoprine.
I had some worries about taking the drug as I haven't yet started a family and have read that men looking to father children shouldn't take the drug and that there had been a Danish case study in the past, which showed that a large proportion of men taking the drug fathered children with physical disabilities. I obviously don't have a problem with having a child with disabilities but don't like to think I will be knowingly giving any of my future children a higher chance of being born with a disability.
The specialist nurse made me feel a lot better about Azatheoprine by telling me she's had patients of a similar age to me in the past and they haven't experienced any problems with fertility or children with physical disabilities. But that there's is a chance it could affect me
I suppose its like any pretty hardcore drug, there's risks.... In the long run its probably worth the small chance/risk if it means controlling my condition.
I'd be interested to know others opinions as I don't want to make a decision based just on my feelings as I also have my girlfriend to think about and our future families health...
I've also considered freezing my sperm before starting on my treatment and simply using this when we're ready to start a family...
I'm leaning towards taking the drug... but I'm sure you can all appreciate that its not an easy decision!
Look forward to your comments