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Cherry Tart

Infertility Woes

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Hello,

I've posted on here before about infertility issues. We have been trying for almost three years to conceive. I was certain that I was the cause of our difficulties conceiving. I've been gluten free for four years, however, I've had a problem w/ cysts and possible tubal blockage. After having an evaluation with a specialist, it was determined that my husband was actually the cause of our infertility. Luckily, all of my "equipment" was in good shape. Unfortunately, we are not candidates for simple drug assistance or artificial insemination. Our only option appears to be in-vitro. I was fully prepared for the first two options, NOT the third. I read up on IV on webMD and it looks to be pretty invasive and the success rate isn't great. Even though I'm reticent about the procedure, this really is our only chance. Has anyone out there had experience w/ in-vitro? I would appreciate any info. Thx! :)


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Sorry, I don't know anything about in-vitro fertilization. What exactly is stopping your husband from fathering a baby?

I am asking because it has been shown that gluten cannot only make women infertile, but men as well! Is your husband still eating gluten? If he is, he might want to try joining you in your gluten-free diet, to see if it helps.

It certainly wouldn't hurt anybody to be gluten-free.


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Sorry, I don't know anything about in-vitro fertilization. What exactly is stopping your husband from fathering a baby?

I am asking because it has been shown that gluten cannot only make women infertile, but men as well! Is your husband still eating gluten? If he is, he might want to try joining you in your gluten-free diet, to see if it helps.

It certainly wouldn't hurt anybody to be gluten-free.

Ursa Major,

I apologize for the delayed response - I didn't see your post. My husband has high numbers, but his motility is low. I know about male infertility to gluten, however, he is not very open to trying the diet. He is, of course, supportive of me being on the diet ;) He has been tested and came back negative for Celiac (which, I know, is not foolproof). I'm afraid IVF looks to be our only option right now :(


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Hey Cherry Tart

Just wondering how you are going? Have you decided to go ahead with the IVF treatment? DH and I just found out we will need IVF too - planning it for next year. I have my tubes blocked.

I think the success rates are actually not bad these days, compared to 3 years ago at least. So always look up latest information as the advances in the techniques are super fast. Also, each clinic is different so look for one which deals with your problem. I am no expert but ICSI is probably the way to go for you, I have heard of many girls who got PG this way.

ANyway good luck and let us know how you are getting on x

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