I was in the same position as you 2 years ago. The data on men and 6MP is very confusing and contradictory. Most people don't realize that while conceiving on 6MP is considered perfectly safe for women, it's less clear for men.
To abbreviate a very long story, here is my timeline.
Sept 2007 - Want to have a baby! GI says it's probably fine to stay on 6MP. Says the study showing birth defects with men taking 6MP was small and poorly designed. I decide to take no chances and stop 6MP anyway. Been doing great on 6MP for years.
April 2008 - Conception taking longer than I thought. Not feeling well - tired, lost a few pounds, anemic. Go to GI and decide to get back on 6MP and continue trying to conceive.
May 2008 - Major bleed. Require blood transfusion, lose more weight.
September 2008 - Conception, baby due in June. Commence obsessive worrying about
conceiving on 6MP, oh my God what have I done!
October 2008 - Still not feeling too well and 6MP should be working by now. Lets try methotrexate.
November 2008 - Major bleed. Require blood transfusion.
February 2009 - Require blood transfusion. GI says to decide between Humira and surgery! Hello Humira.
March 2009 - Major bleed. Require blood transfusion (#4 for those keeping score).
June 2009 - Cutest baby in the history of mankind is born. No abnormalities. Feeling better, Humira seems to be working. Able to get off of prednisone finally from last November.
Today - Gained weight back, energy level good. All in all doing well right now but I wish I didn't stop the 6MP in the first place. 5 month old baby is doing absolutely amazing.
Hope that helps. Good luck whatever you decide.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.
Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.
Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.
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