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02-24-2011, 10:41 AM   #31
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A new cycle started this morning. I knew it was coming though.

don't give up hopefully you will have your miracle baby.
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02-24-2011, 10:50 AM   #32
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I'm following this and praying for you Lydia! Don't give up!

For the rest of you ladies thinking about having a baby...it's such a blessing and the children really do brighten up the dark days of this disease! Don't let it beat you! ( I need to remember that too)
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02-24-2011, 11:56 AM   #33
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Thanks for the support ladies. DH and I are going to give it our best shot. He is getting a sperm analysis done on Monday, just to get it out of the way before we see the specialist.

My hormonal tests came back normal, so I have that going for me.
02-27-2011, 08:32 PM   #34
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hello, I'm new here and wanted to join this thread about trying to conceive. DH and I have been trying to conceive our first baby for a year and a half now. Its been pretty hard on us because it has taken so long and DH's crohn's has been a lot more active than it has been in the past 8 years.

DH has had crohn's for about 20 years and got diagnosed when he was a teenager. Right now he's on humira (after 10 years on Remicade), prednisone and azothioprene.

After several sperm analysises and seeing an infertility urologist we got the diagnosis of male infertility due to low sperm count and motility. The urologist said that DH's counts are so low because of low nutrition since DH hasn't been able to eat well or keep food down in the past year. Right now he's in the hospital TPN and has had a couple of blood transfusions because of low iron counts.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and share my story... I'd love to hear about everyone else's experiences with ttc and crohn's. Thanks
03-01-2011, 06:17 PM   #35
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Hello Greenbay!

There are some vitamins and supplements that can help low count and motility.

Co-Q10, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Maca, Vitamin D can help. Also be sure to find the most bioavailable forms of these vitamins, or they will not be absorbed.

You may have to wait till he is able to eat again though. It also takes about 72 days to correct any issues with sperm as it takes about this long for sperm to mature.
03-06-2011, 02:33 PM   #36
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Thanks Lydia!!

He just started TPN last week, so we're hoping that 3 months from now his count and motility will get better from all the absorbed nutrition!

I also wanted to mention that we were at a seminar recently where the doctor said that azathioprine causes low sperm counts. This was the first we'd heard of that drug being an issue.
03-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #37
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Thanks Lydia!!

He just started TPN last week, so we're hoping that 3 months from now his count and motility will get better from all the absorbed nutrition!

I also wanted to mention that we were at a seminar recently where the doctor said that azathioprine causes low sperm counts. This was the first we'd heard of that drug being an issue.
IUI (Interuterine Insemination) can also help with low count issues, because the sperm are washed and put directly into the uterus, bypassing the cervix. Maybe look into that as well.
03-07-2011, 05:07 PM   #38
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hello, I'm new here and wanted to join this thread about trying to conceive. DH and I have been trying to conceive our first baby for a year and a half now. Its been pretty hard on us because it has taken so long and DH's crohn's has been a lot more active than it has been in the past 8 years.

DH has had crohn's for about 20 years and got diagnosed when he was a teenager. Right now he's on humira (after 10 years on Remicade), prednisone and azothioprene.

After several sperm analysises and seeing an infertility urologist we got the diagnosis of male infertility due to low sperm count and motility. The urologist said that DH's counts are so low because of low nutrition since DH hasn't been able to eat well or keep food down in the past year. Right now he's in the hospital TPN and has had a couple of blood transfusions because of low iron counts.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and share my story... I'd love to hear about everyone else's experiences with ttc and crohn's. Thanks

Hi green bay.

I read your story and looks like I am in a similar situation. my hd was has been having crohns for 17 years. he started Remiciade about 4 years ago. I have just started ttc hasn't been a year for me. We did a testosterone test and the results were normal thank God. I am getting his semen analysis results tomorrow. so lets see how it goes.

I know it can be frustrating trying to conceive and when you find out that oh it is not working. wishing your HD a speedy recovery so, you could start TTCIN'G.
03-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #39
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Hello Greenbay!

There are some vitamins and supplements that can help low count and motility.

Co-Q10, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Maca, Vitamin D can help. Also be sure to find the most bioavailable forms of these vitamins, or they will not be absorbed.

You may have to wait till he is able to eat again though. It also takes about 72 days to correct any issues with sperm as it takes about this long for sperm to mature.
hi lydia.

what is the bio available forms of these vitatmins? and where can you find them?

thanks,
03-08-2011, 11:14 AM   #40
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hi lydia.

what is the bio available forms of these vitatmins? and where can you find them?

thanks,
Generally good quality vitamins are more bio-available. Ie. most cheap brands will use zinc oxide, but it is poorly absorbed compared to zinc monomethionine. Also a good zinc supplement will have a little copper, because zinc depletes your copper stores. Vitamin C is better absorbed with a supplement that contains bioflavanoids. Vitamin D is better is an oil capsule as opposed to a pill, because vitamin D is fat soluble and you need a little fat/oil to absorb it. Same with vitamin E.
03-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #41
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Generally good quality vitamins are more bio-available. Ie. most cheap brands will use zinc oxide, but it is poorly absorbed compared to zinc monomethionine. Also a good zinc supplement will have a little copper, because zinc depletes your copper stores. Vitamin C is better absorbed with a supplement that contains bioflavanoids. Vitamin D is better is an oil capsule as opposed to a pill, because vitamin D is fat soluble and you need a little fat/oil to absorb it. Same with vitamin E.
With Co-Q-10 and Maca, you want a brand you can trust, so the amount on the bottle is actually in the capsules. A company that follows GMP, and GLP protocols, is a good place to start.

Oh and I love ordering from iherb.com. You can look at product reveiws before you decide to buy anything and shipping is only 4 dollars for 3 lbs or under.

We get my husbands SA results back on the 15th.

Good luck ladies!

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03-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #42
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Hello ladies!

I thought it would be a good idea to join you guys in this thread as me and my DH are trying to conceive. I've been off the pill for 3 years, but we have been using "safe" periods and jumping off (don't know what the term is in english) untill the last 6 months. Nothing has happened yet, so the last few weeks we've been having sex every second day. My period isn't stable, and I have loooong periods - about 40 to 60 days, so I don't really know when I have ovulation. I saw a specialist gynecologist a couple of weeks back and during an ultrasound he said that I have perfect uterus and ovaries, so that was good to know. I'm giving it a few more months, and if nothing happens my DH has to deliever a sperm sample, so that I can start on Pergo.

I'm currently on Entocort 9 mg and Imurel (1 month in).

I think I had ovulation this weekend, so fingers crossed it will work this time!

So this is my story. Looking forward to getting to know you ladies better.
03-09-2011, 07:37 AM   #43
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With Co-Q-10 and Maca, you want a brand you can trust, so the amount on the bottle is actually in the capsules. A company that follows GMP, and GLP protocols, is a good place to start.

Oh and I love ordering from iherb.com. You can look at product reveiws before you decide to buy anything and shipping is only 4 dollars for 3 lbs or under.

We get my husbands SA results back on the 15th.

Good luck ladies!
thanks Lydia, for the website. I have an update on my TTCin'g. we just go the semen analysis results. so my husband has a low sperm count and low morphology. my OB/GYN suggested if we don't conceive naturally ICIS is another option for us. I have been very disappointed and disheartened. He is going to see his urologist and see what they suggest any ways to increase sperm count and morphology.

any suggestion and advice is appreciated.

good luck to you lydia and all the ladies
03-09-2011, 11:30 AM   #44
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thanks Lydia, for the website. I have an update on my TTCin'g. we just go the semen analysis results. so my husband has a low sperm count and low morphology. my OB/GYN suggested if we don't conceive naturally ICIS is another option for us. I have been very disappointed and disheartened. He is going to see his urologist and see what they suggest any ways to increase sperm count and morphology.

any suggestion and advice is appreciated.

good luck to you lydia and all the ladies
Just remember to give it 72 days, after supplementing to see if it works. It takes 72 days for sperm to mature, so it will take that long to see any benefits.
03-09-2011, 11:33 AM   #45
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Hello ladies!

I thought it would be a good idea to join you guys in this thread as me and my DH are trying to conceive. I've been off the pill for 3 years, but we have been using "safe" periods and jumping off (don't know what the term is in english) untill the last 6 months. Nothing has happened yet, so the last few weeks we've been having sex every second day. My period isn't stable, and I have loooong periods - about 40 to 60 days, so I don't really know when I have ovulation. I saw a specialist gynecologist a couple of weeks back and during an ultrasound he said that I have perfect uterus and ovaries, so that was good to know. I'm giving it a few more months, and if nothing happens my DH has to deliever a sperm sample, so that I can start on Pergo.

I'm currently on Entocort 9 mg and Imurel (1 month in).

I think I had ovulation this weekend, so fingers crossed it will work this time!

So this is my story. Looking forward to getting to know you ladies better.
There is a herb called vitex, which can help women with long periods, have normal cycles. It can take a few months to work but I have hear many women on other TTC forums sing its praises.

Good luck catching the eggie.

PS: I think we call "jumping off",the "pull and pray" or wihdrawl method.
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Wow.. Why haven't I heard of Vitex before??

I looked it up and it seems to have helped a lot of women, as you say. I'm definitively going to order some if this PP doesn't give results. Thank you very much for the tips Lydia.
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hi i have been try as well and no luck iam on humira. i have had crohns sence 2003 and i am only 27years old i want a baby so bad i just dont think it will ever happen.
03-10-2011, 03:50 PM   #48
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hi i have been try as well and no luck iam on humira. i have had crohns sence 2003 and i am only 27years old i want a baby so bad i just dont think it will ever happen.
hi tony girl.

it is too soon to give up. start with your ob/gyn she will have some suggestions for you. we have just started TTCing, my husband has crohsn low sperm count and bad morphology. my ob/gyn suggested if we don't conceive naturally our other option is IVF/ICSI.

good to luck to u
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hi i have been try as well and no luck iam on humira. i have had crohns sence 2003 and i am only 27years old i want a baby so bad i just dont think it will ever happen.
How long have you been trying? Do you have regular cycles? Is your husband healthy?

It can take healthy couples up to a year to conceive.

It can help to monitor your cycle so your timing is good. You only have about a 3 day window to have sex in order to conceive and if you are missing that window, getting pregnant is difficult.

I use www.fertilityfriend.com to monitor my cycles. You dont have to temp, you can use OPKs and watch your CM, and CP.
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Wow Lydia! just reading through your post is so informative. That video was really exactly what I was looking for. Thank-you for sharing so much of your valuable knowledge!

My husband and I were TTCing a few months before I was hospitalized with a nasal-gastric tube in February 2010. Since then it's been a rollercoaster of trying to get off prednisone, while dealing with the symptoms from a stricture in the ileum (I keep having obstructive-like symptoms), and getting onto some new meds. Currently, I'm upping my Humira to weekly with high hopes that it works.

The drs keep saying wait 'til you've been controlled for 6 months to get pregnant... I'm getting impatient but I was also told it's super important for neural tube development to get my B12 levels (and folic acid levels) up. My b12 is always low, and I didn't realize that's a huge issue for a developing fetus.

So I'm taking the next few months to get serious with my vitamins and counting down the days 'til we can TTC.

I'm already 30, so that factor is always at the back of my mind. My husband and I definitely are probably just getting less and less fertile as we get older... and everyday that goes by I think about it.
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Welcome Tummygirl. I see you are a fellow Canadian. If you have trouble with vitamins, by some methylfolate (metafolin) instead of folic acid. Folic acid has to be converted into methyl folate, while a methyl folate supplement doesnt need to be converted. This may be what you need to increase your folic acid levels as you likely have absorbtion issues. B12 shots are handy to.

I order this one.
http://www.iherb.com/Solgar-Folate-M...ets/13961?at=0
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Hi Ladies,

Well even tho my hubby and I haven't been exactly TTC but we also haven't been using any form of protection so if it happens it happens. I just found out yesterday after getting a check up due to irregular periods that I now have another thing to add to the never ending list of health issues... I was dx with PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

So now it has just made the whole TTC process that much harder for me as I was already struggling with having Crohns and Arthritis to deal with. Im off to see an OBGYN to talk to them about our options and see what meds I can be on to increase ovulation to limit the time it takes to fall preggas.

Way does it have to be so frustrating and hard... I sometimes wonder whether its worth all the pain and just be happy with being just hubby and me. But I don't want to get to 40 and realise I have missed my chance and Im sure once Im holding that baby it will be well worth all the struggle and stress.

Well thats my TTC story its great to have a place to come and share our fears and know their are others that understand what it is like to have this/these diseases and TTC.
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Hi Tanya. A lot of my friends with PCOS got pregnant with clomid. If they had a really long cycle, the doctor gave them provera to start their peroid, and then clomid after that to trigger ovulation. For them it was a matter of ovulating. As soon as they did, they were pregnant.

Good luck!
03-14-2011, 05:17 AM   #54
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Hi Lydia, I really hope that is all it takes for me too fall pregnant too. I have an appointment with an OB in a month so will see what they have to say about it all plus with my two other diseases and all the meds Im on.

Good luck for you too.
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My husband got his SA results today. He has an excellent count with good quality sperm. He was pretty proud of that. It must be all those vitamins I make him take.

Well I am officially in the 2WW (The 2 weeks wait happens after ovulation, while you are waiting to see if you actually got pregnant from all that baby dancing.) My husband says he feels very optimisitc about this cycle. I hope he is right.

Good luck and good health to everyone!
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My husband got his SA results today. He has an excellent count with good quality sperm. He was pretty proud of that. It must be all those vitamins I make him take.

Well I am officially in the 2WW (The 2 weeks wait happens after ovulation, while you are waiting to see if you actually got pregnant from all that baby dancing.) My husband says he feels very optimisitc about this cycle. I hope he is right.

Good luck and good health to everyone!
that is great news your husband SA are good. Lydia what supplements does your husband take?

good luck with everything
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that is great news your husband SA are good. Lydia what supplements does your husband take?

good luck with everything
A multivitamin, 500 mg Vitamin C, 200 IU Vitamin E, 30 mg Zinc, and 2000 IU Vitamin D.

Seriously, they like to see 20 million per ml or greater to be considered fertile and he had 50 million per ml.

Zinc and Vitamin D is good for crohnies too, so you get another bonus there.

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A multivitamin, 500 mg Vitamin C, 200 IU Vitamin E, 30 mg Zinc, and 2000 IU Vitamin D.

Seriously, they like to see 20 million per ml or greater to be considered fertile and he had 50 million per ml.

Zinc and Vitamin D is good for crohnies too, so you get another bonus there.
unfortunately that is the not the case with us. My husband has a morphology of 2% normal and sperm count is 16 million. it sucks. I went to pick up his result form my ob/gyn office seeing all the pregnant woman made me realize I may never be able to experience pregnancy.

I am curious to know if there are any men out here who has crohns and low fertility. I talked to his GI he doesn't think it could be the medication he is on. we are having another appointment with another GI for a second opinion followed by a urologist.
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unfortunately that is the not the case with us. My husband has a morphology of 2% normal and sperm count is 16 million. it sucks. I went to pick up his result form my ob/gyn office seeing all the pregnant woman made me realize I may never be able to experience pregnancy.

I am curious to know if there are any men out here who has crohns and low fertility. I talked to his GI he doesn't think it could be the medication he is on. we are having another appointment with another GI for a second opinion followed by a urologist.
It takes about 72 days for any supplements to take affect, because this is how long it takes for a sperm to develop to maturity. Avoid hot baths if he can help it.
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