I am starting a new thread on this topic because it came up in my other thread in the Male Infertility forum (not this the Male [B]Factor [/B]Infertility forum). I am not sure if everyone follows both forums, so thought I would ask here, too.
My husband is scheduled for mTESE (after two 0 sperm SAs and bloodwork diagnosed NOA - high FSH, normal all else, including high testosterone) next month. Our doctor told us that the chances with frozen and fresh sperm were the same (I swear he said they are finding frozen is better), and he always freezes sperm from mTESE. This works great for us, since we won’t start IVF until we know if we have DH sperm, as we haven’t decided yet that we’ll go to DS if they don’t find sperm with the mTESE.
Anyhow, SanDiegan let me know in the other thread that fresh sperm is better, and actually said that a good place won’t do frozen. We are going to a top Chicago doctor that specializes in male infertility and mTESE is 80-90% of all he does. But we haven’t met with the fertility center yet that he works with (best success rates in Chicago) and were planning to have our appointment after the mTESE.
Now I am freaking out… I have read a lot of folks on forums saying that fresh is better, and it sounds like Dr Schlegel only does mTESE to use fresh sperm for concurrent IVF based on an article I read. Although doing mTESE and IVF separate feels right for us, I don’t want to lower our chances of success if they do find sperm!
Anybody else done an mTESE without doing IVF at the same time?
From reading online there is a big difference of opinion about fresh vs frozen… would love to hear what everyone’s doctors have said and personal experiences.