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Cl41re3688 Thu 18-May-17 10:27:12

Hi all

So me and my boyfriend are TTC, we've just been to see a fertility consultant who has told us we don't qualify for NHS help as my boyfriend has a son from a previous relationship ... I am devastated sad

My boyfriend is type 1 diabetic and has had retrograde ejaculation for the past 6-8 years.
I have PCOS and endometriosis

I really don't think it is looking very positive for us as we aren't in a financial situation to pay privately.
We are willing to try anything from home (tablets, insemination etc)
Just wondered if anyone could give any advise/tips?


JoJoSM2 Thu 18-May-17 14:04:30

Hi Claire,

With your partner's retrograde ejaculation - is there actually any semen with sperms coming out? And what's he quality of the sperms like - is it possible for him to fertilise an egg? Adding to that the PCOS and endometriosis, is really doesn't look too good... Do you even ovulate?

As much as I believe in natural supplements and woo, it sounds like it would take an awful lot of medical help to achieve a pregnancy. Have you actually enquirer what procedures would be needed and how much they'd cost?

Cl41re3688 Thu 18-May-17 16:13:16


He is getting tested on 2nd June for the sperm count so we will know better then,

I ovulate yes, for any IVF treatment we are looking at approx £6,000 + any other medications needed first and after etc


JoJoSM2 Thu 18-May-17 18:05:44

There might be other treatments available. I've just looked at he NHS website and retrograde ejaculation can be treated with medication too
In addition, there are different supplements to improve sperm quality, e.g. Proxeed or Profertil

For yourself, if you're ovulating then that's a great start. Presumably, you'll get the endometriosis addressed? In addition, you could take vit E and omega 3 as that reduces the risk of endometriosis. There's also a lot of lifestyle adjustments that help with PCOS + supplements. Have a look at the summary below
Who knows, you might just have a chance without IVF. Good luck with all the tests.

blue2014 Thu 18-May-17 18:33:20

I don't know about this but If you are in the UK google Mr Ramsey in London. He's a male fertility specialist and relatively cheap (compared to IVF!)

If you do need IVf try abroad - Czech Republic

Cl41re3688 Thu 18-May-17 18:45:10

Thank you both! I will wait until we get results back from partners sample and go from there smile

user1497721847 Fri 23-Jun-17 22:35:38

Hi there, I don't know whether you'll read this but my husband also has retrograde ejaculation through type 1 diabetes. I read online about using pseudoephedrine (the drug in over the counter Sudafed!) as it has been proven to help some men with this problem.

I decided to give it a go while we were waiting for infertility tests as I didn't want to just do nothing. Even the urology specialist said only surgery would get us pregnant.

Anyway, long story short, after trying for a couple of months with DH using Sudafed when I was ovulating, I am now 6 weeks pregnant!

I know your situation is more complicated but it might be worth trying while you are working out other options.
Good luck! Xx

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