This is part 9 in the “what I changed for successful IVF “series. This post will be shorter than the others as I do not want to bore you with the medical details. After being diagnosed as infertile in September 2014, I began the long journey to having a family. If you are like me and you are struggling to have children, then I would recommend getting as many health screenings as possible to make your journey easier. After being diagnosed as infertile, my wife and I discovered 3 health issues that may have been hampering our chances of having successful IVF treatment.

1. Varicocele

Varicocele is when varicose veins cause the testes to overheat. This can seriously affect the quality of a man’s sperm. To cure varicocele, I needed a minor operation which involved a stint being fed through a vein in my leg. The surgery did not hurt and I was out of hospital within one day. A sperm test a couple of months late had shown that there were minor improvements in my sperms quality. Unfortunately, it was not enough and we still needed IVF treatment. This may not have been the case for everyone, you may see a drastic improvement of sperm quality after the operation.

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2. Myoma

Before our first treatment, we also discovered that Olivia had a myoma that could have been impacting her chances of getting pregnant. A myoma is a noncancerous tumour that grows on the uterus. After a consultation with our fertility doctor, we decided to operate and get the Myoma removed. This operation knocked our IVF treatment back a couple of months, but it was necessary if we wanted Olivia to get pregnant. The operation was more serious than mine and it took a couple of weeks for her to recover fully.

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3.Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

After two failed IVF treatments, we decided to change fertility clinic. We had been badly traumatised by our first two IVF experiences and needed a change. This was one of the best decisions that we have ever made. Immediately, our new doctor did a genetics test and blood test and discovered abnormalities in Olivia’s thyroid, a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. You can read more about it in the link below. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is linked to poor egg quality. The eggs that were retrieved for our first two failed IVF treatments were of a low quality and this could have been due to thy. This would not have been discovered had we not done the tests. A course of medication was administered for several months and her blood results improved drastically.

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To conclude, if you are dealing with infertility and going through IVF, then you will need to make some changes. Two of the changes we made were in the form of operations to increase our chances of IVF treatment being successful. The other thing that we changed was the clinic. Changing clinic meant that we discovered the Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MYOM’s and Varicocele are three of the problems that we discovered before we had successful IVF treatment. If you are going through IVF treatment then you should ask about all of these. There are thousands of ailments that affect couples that are infertile. Make sure that you ask your fertility doctor as many questions as possible to give yourself the best chance. If this article helps one couple to discover and underlying issue that is causing their infertility then my job is done.

Have you done a full health check to improve your fertility? Did you discover any underlying issues that could be affecting your fertility? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.


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