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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 8/26/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any advice about the hormones, but my husband has sperm count/motility/morphology issues (yes, all 3) and is unable to reproduce. We tried for a while with donor inseminations but apparently I'm unable to conceive as well. We don't know if it's Crohn's related or not, but everything happens for a reason. We have two amazing children from Vietnam and I wouldn't change that for the world. It takes a while to get over not being able to pass on your bloodline, but in the end, that's not really important. And we named our children what we wanted, so I see no reason not to carry on the family name. Anyway, the test for you is much easier and less invasive than any tests for her, so please get that test done and out of the way before she is subjected to the more invasive testing on her end.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission since 11/2003...waiting on bloodwork to confirm a flare
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, still trying to figure it out
Omeprazole 40mg, fish oil, zoloft 100mg

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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I had Crohn's before my marriage, my first child at age 35 (wife 30), second child at age 37 (wife 32). Being Indian, low life expectancy rates.
Male India 46 years Diagnosed CD in 1990 Fistula surgery 1988
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't relate to the infertility issue because I had 4 kids with my ex-husband.  My new husband of 3-yrs, however, has been on testosterone injections for several years.  By the time we married I had had a hysterectomy several years prior so he has resigned himself to the fact that he will not be able to father a child.  He has recently stopped due to a different medical condition that came up.  Boy do I notice the difference (in more ways than one).  At any rate, I hope you can both find peace in your marriage and realize that loving each other is the most important thing right now.  Enjoy life and enjoy each other.  Neither of you need the added stress.  Especially you with your crohns.  Good luck with everything. 

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Vancocin HCI 125mg (generic for Vancomycin), 4xday for C-Diff, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl & Entocort

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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
just fyi I take 50,000 units of D a day but do have to get tested to make sure I am not toxic. Doc says it is unsafe but it helps with my functionality.
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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
From my reading, it can take months to reverse a long-standing vitamin D deficiency. One other thing to consider - zinc deficiency (not unlikely in CD) will cause testosterone deficiency.

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   Posted 8/27/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Crohn's patients tend to be low in zinc, so it's good you might be getting it tested, since it affects testosterone and sperm count/motility:
"Zinc, Testosterone and Men's Health

      Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Inadequate zinc levels prevent the pituitary gland from releasing luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones, which stimulate testosterone production. Zinc also inhibits the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. The testosterone to estrogen ratio in men declines with aging from a high of about 50:1 to half of that, or even a low of 10:1. Higher estrogen activity results in increasd risk of heart disease, weight gain, and obesity. One reason for the progressive weight gain with age is that fat cells contain aromatase. More fat cells mean more estrogen which means more fat deposition. This is further aggravated by alcohol consumption, which lowers zinc and increases estrogen, and so magnifies the problem. In addition to the impact on hormone levels, zinc also has been proven to help the body produce healthier sperm by increasing sperm count and motility. A USDA study found that semen volume dropped 30 percent when zinc intake was low. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that male volunteers who consumed low amounts of zinc exhibited decreased semen volumes and serum testosterone concentrations. Zinc deficiency has been found to have a severe impact on the male prostate gland. Zinc deficiency predisposes the prostate to infection (prostatis) which may lead to enlargement of the prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy)."

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