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We found out in the Fall that dh had a very low sperm count (less than 1 million). Initially we tried herbs and vitamins, with no luck. Recent blood tests have discovered a low testosterone level and a high FSH level for dh. The naturopath has started him on Maca and Tribulus terrestis (two herbs that are supposed to be good for hormone levels) as well as pycnegenol (antioxidant) in addition to the other vimamins/minerals he was taking (zinc, vit C and E, selenium, ginseng). His physician has had no information or solutions to give dh to deal with this, but dh sees him again next week to look at a protocol to deal with this (which the naturopath has supplied, it involves medications, that's all I know until next week). We're hoping that getting these levels regulated will help him feel better overall (increase his energy and libido least there's an explanation for how he's been feeling!). He has been referred to a urologist that specializes in infertility, and is the only urologist with this specialization in our province from what we're told. We have been warned there's a year or two wait list for this guy. We're doing all we can to try to get in sooner...calling regualrly.
With all of this, we're still left with the question of what this means for our fertility...does this mean some permanent damage or will the more stable hormone levels mean an increase in sperm production? I've read stuff online that says a high FSH level signifies damage to the testicles that is irreversable. But the situations they describe don't necessarily fit my dh's situation - this seems to be a more recent problem, not something from birth, and there is no explanation for the 'damage.' I wondered if someone else had gone through this and had any insight. dh is hoping that this is all temporary and once he's on this medication and herbs for his hormones, this will all be over. I'm very worried that we're looking at a lifelong situation here. The naturopath once told me that all tissues and cells in the body can regenerate, except for those in the brain. I keep holding on to this statement and trust that his body will heal itself once given the support it requires...
we're thankful for an actual explanation of what's happening in his body, but we're at a loss for what this means and it's frustrating that no one seems to have any answers. Emotionally we're still doing ok, but we're very aware that the stress is building the longer we're just sitting around and waiting for more information and a prognosis of what we can expect, so we can decide what to do next. any information would be helpful!!

married to DH, mother to two amazing little boys born May 18/2010 and May 20/2013!

Infertility has been part of this journey - no more littles for us, but so grateful we have two happy healthy boys and we can now begin to heal from that experience

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