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EPU and Testicular Biopsy
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:02 AM
So my partner and I have Tuesday as the set day for both our procedures. My follicles look really good according to my nurse and she is happy the way I've responded to my first cycle here's hoping this all works out. Anyone have any advice procedure wise? I know everyone reacts differently but how long does it normally take? How long will I be under for etc? Just want to get an idea. Keep your fingers crossed that we find a few good little swimmers in my partners biopsy and some nice ripe eggs in my follicles!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:20 PM
I was out for 20mins for my EPU and DH was out for about the same for his TESE. I felt fine after about an hour head-wise but my belly was sore for days (though I hyperstimulated). DH was groggy for around two hours but then completely fine. He was a bit tender for a few days afterwards.
It will be done and dusted before you know it!
Let us know how you get on
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:44 PM
That's not long thank goodness! I have been under general anaesthetic since I was 5 when I got my tonsils removed so hope all goes ok!! I will keep you updated! When was it that you hyper stimulated? After the ovidrel?
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:50 PM
My partner wasn't under GA for his. They did top up the local at one point though.
I had GA for all epu's bar the last one. I found it much better without the GA - so interesting to watch the egg collection.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:58 PM
I would love to be awake for it but I don't have a choice as far as I'm aware! Thank you
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:04 PM
hi OP, we did 4 cycles, each involving surgical sperm extraction, which i guess is the same as your DH's procedure.
I'm not sure how long i was under, DP's procedure always took longer though. he was also much more worse for wear after it than me. he was signed off work for a week and on pain killers for a few days & appeared to be quite obviously in pain. in comparison, i was totally fine after the first 3 epu's, like nothing had happened. after the fourth i had some significant discomfort. good luck! my amh was also really low for my age at 2.3 which we only discovered prior to our last cycle. just remember that its quality rather than quantity at epu :-)
Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:29 AM
Hi K10 thanks so much for that information. Fingers crossed I feel like nothing has happened!! That'd be lovely!! My partner is having his whole teste removed because its quite small as they said it would be a cancer risk if he left it after having tissue removed so at least they can really pull it apart and hopefully find at least a few swimmers!! That's all we want! We do have a donor as a back up but hoping we don't need to use it.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:54 AM
Hi Op, when we went through this procedure they didn't find any swimmers in DH. He was under for about 30min.
I had agreed with my Dr that we would be waiting for the biopsy results before proceeding with the EPU (due to costs and success rates for unfertilised eggs). Unfortunately on the day I ended up with a different Dr who was pressuring me to proceed with the EPU before results were back (he knew they were negative but didn't tell me).
My advice is to agree before hand what you would do in this scinario and stick to your guns.
As for the recovery for DH. He didn't take pain killers after 2 days, he was back at work 3 days later, uncomfortable for a week, 3 weeks later completly back to normal.
Best of luck.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:05 AM
I actually have donor sperm as back up. We chose an anonymous donor through Monash. Because my AMH surprisingly come back low as well at 6.9 we thought we would just go ahead and do it all now to avoid issues down the track for example my AMH being even lower and then needing a donor egg etc.
Hopefully he isn't in too much pain!! Hate seeing my man in pain!!!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:56 PM
So tomorrow is the day. I'm nervous about what they will find etc. I know it's all out of my control but I'm sure you can all relate to the fact that its hard not to stress or worry at any time during this process!!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:28 PM
GL for tomorrow Wantabubba - let us know how you both went
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:26 PM
Might as well just give the good news!!! 18 eggs - 14 mature and They were able to find 7 sperm from my DH biopsy. Absolutely ecstatic for now. Just spoke to the embryologist about an hour ago and she said not all the sperm were moving but they have had pregnancies from non moving sperm etc. they will inject all sperm into 7 of my eggs and I will know by about 2pm tomorrow whether they fertilised or not and the other 7 eggs will be frozen all went well procedure wise.. All I remember saying was oh my god then I remember waking up in a bit of crampy pain. DH was in a lot worse pain than myself but we are both home and relaxing in our king bed after a big day and some great great news. Fingers crossed we have some more good news to follow tomorrow. It's out of our control now so whatever happens its meant to be! Thanks so much for all the well wishes. A lot less scary than I thought.. Wish I was back in that hospital bed having that glorious sleep again!!!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:28 PM
Well done and I have my fingers crossed you will have a good result for tomorrow.
Keep on updating
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:27 PM
. It has been confirmed yesterday that we have 0 embryos. Not what we wanted but out of our control. Eggs were perfect sperm just didn't fertilise. DH will go for another biopsy in march then according to how many sperm are found that's how many eggs will be thawed(have 6 in storage) . They are going to soak them in calcium to make them more attractive to the sperm and see how they go. I start the pill the day I get My period then on some oestrogen tablets and progesterone gel to get the lining of my uterus nice and thick ready for hopefully a successful transfer late march. It's been an absolute emotional roller coaster having been our first time and getting the good news about finding sperm that they were able to inject 7 of my eggs to yesterdays news where it's not been so good. I suppose this is what IVF is all about. For now we just wait and hope and pray they get some good sperm and the eggs fertilise next time. Thank you all again for the nice thoughts and wishes. xxx
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:09 PM
OP I'm so sorry
Take it easy and look after your self.
Have you spoken to your FS about using fresh eggs for the next round rather than the the ones they have frozen? It was my understanding that fresh is significantly best with unfertalised eggs. Considering sperm is the issue and what your DH will have to go through it may be worth considering / discussing.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:57 PM
Good thinking.. But I think it means a whole new treatment cycle and egg collection and my FS doesn't seem to at all be concerned about my eggs. But I'll keep that in mind for sure thank you
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