Testing husband first
1 August, 2004
I have a fertility question. I am 27 and my husband is 29. We have been trying to conceive our first child for 9 cycles now. According to my basal body temperatures, it looks as though I am ovulating around day 14 every cycle. However, my husband had surgery to the genital area as a young boy, and this leads us to believe that it could have caused him to have fertility problems. I know the man should be tested later when the woman's fertility has already been tested, but since it seems more likely that it is his previous health issues that may be causing this delay, when and how should we go about testing his fertility? Do I have to submit myself to all manner of tests before we get to him, or can we assume he might have a problem and "skip ahead" to testing him?
We are considering asking for help if after a year of trying we are still unsuccessful, but I wanted to have an idea of the correct thing to do.
Thank you very much!
If you are in fact ovulating and getting to the mikveh prior to ovulation, then there is room to permit your husband to have a semen sample tested prior to invasive tests on you in light of his past medical history. However, your plan to wait three more cycles is a good one. B'hatzlacha!
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