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Just found out DH has a low sperm count, probably due to thyroid & antidepressants

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DH's semen analysis came back from last week.  He has a low count.  :(  The doctor (she is our general practitioner) said it's not super low (I don't know the #), but she thinks it may be due to his hypothyroidism and that he hasn't been taking his medication all of the time like he should, as well as the fact that his antidepressant could be causing issues.  She said she wants me to come in for blood tests and stuff too just to be sure, since I have gained weight and am still breastfeeding.  She said on my part there could be an issue with too much or too little insulin, and then of course high prolactin/low progresterone due to breastfeeding and my weight.  DH has to go back again next week for more tests, including his testosterone levels and all of that, as well as discuss changing his antidepressant to something that isn't likely to affect fertility.  I guess I'll make an appointment for next week as well.  I'm glad we're finally getting answers, but it hurts me to think that it could be several months more (we've been officially TTC about 17 cycles/not preventing over 2 years) before I could even have a slight chance of getting pregnant again.  I also really don't want to hear the "you're too fat" lecture, because I'm only about 20lbs over what I was when I got pregnant with DD.  Yes, obviously, I AM fat, and I want to lose lots and lots of weight in a healthy way, but I know that it can't be the ONLY reason I'm not getting pregnant.  I also worry that if I lose weight too fast (which I'm likely to because I'm significantly overweight), that could make my fertility even worse.  This really sucks.  :*(  Any insight/advice/similar stories?

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Hi Filia,

Hugs to you, hon. hug.gif

The only part I can comment on is your husband's thyroid issues. I haven't had a thyroid for over 10 years, so I definitely know how it can affect your body when thyroid levels are too low or too high. (I realize you might already be aware of what I'm writing, but I thought I would throw it out there.)

Thyroid levels that are off affect the whole body. He will feel much better when his thyroid is stabilized. Encourage him to set up a system so that he can remember to take his thyroid meds every day at the same time to maximize their effectiveness.

For example, I have my thyroid meds in a pill container that has separate compartments for each day of the week, which sits on my nightstand. That way, I know if I have taken my meds in the morning. Just this morning before I left for work I couldn't remember if I had taken my meds. One quick check and I saw that the Tuesday slot was empty! I also make sure that I have a glass of water on my nightstand every night before I go to bed.

If he does end up missing a day, encourage him to call his doctor to see how they recommend that he deal with the missed dose.

Again, hugs, and my fingers are crossed for you.
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