Type 1 Diabetic

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Lily2006's picture
Joined: 05/16/11
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Type 1 Diabetic

My husband has Type 1 diabetes and one day at work, one of his coworkers had made a comment in passing about how they thought that we (my husband and I) would have a very hard time conceiving because of his diabetes.

I don't really know if that is true or not because my husband manages his diabetes very well (keeping his blood sugars in a good range, exercising and eating healthy) This is concerning me though because we have been trying for 7 months and still nothing. We don't want to make a visit to the doctor just yet because I have been told that you should try for a year before seeing a specialist. I just wondering if anyone has any experience with Diabetes and conceiving?

Joined: 03/02/07
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I don't have any personal experience to share, but I think when you are dealing with a significant health issue, even if it is well managed, you have exception to the "try a year" rule. For guys, a doctor will run a SA and that pretty much tells you if something is going on or not. I think if you are worried about it, it would be worth getting checked out sooner rather than later. Does your husband see an endocrinologist? Maybe they would run the test without having you go through an entire female infertility workup.

If there is a problem due to the diabetes, you would not have spent any more time wondering and there may be treatments to help the situation.

Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

Lily2006's picture
Joined: 05/16/11
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Thank you so much for your input Smile I think we will definitely get checked out sooner rather than later. If there is something wrong I want to know right away instead of trying month after month with no success and worrying about it.

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Joined: 01/13/10
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Hi, I don't have any first hand knowledge, but my friend's husband has type 1 diabetes. They haven't had kids (or wanted to yet) but when we talked about it she did mention that it could affect his fertility.

I agree with PP that you should check with your doctor to run tests or begin treatments that may help. I'd hate to see you try for a long time first. Good luck! I know the TTC journey isn't always an easy one, but I hope it's short and sweet for you!

Joined: 02/01/11
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I would agree with the SA testing. I do have type 1 and on an insulin pump. There shouldn't be any problems related to the diabetes unless he has a hard time with keeping his A1c under 7. I know the tyhroid plays a part with us women could it with him? I'm not sure but would ask. I do know that males with diabetes can get ED (erectile dysfunction). I hope you can get some answer soon. If ever you want to talk or just vent about troubles that come up due to diabetes please feel free to PM me. I love to talk to people that understand.

I'll keep you in my thoughts. Good luck