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    hi all...i'm a newbie here and read some post about retrogade ejaculation, my husband have the same problem. he's had testicular cancer 7 years and had ago and since then we've tried very hard to have a baby. we'd like to try the sudafed as well, i wanted to find out if this really helps since we haven't tried them yet. we went to one of the best urologist/infertility specialist in cornell university in NY and he said he needs surgery and we'll do the IVF at the same time. we're hoping we'll be blessed w/ a child w/o having to go through that route since it is a very expensive process and he said there would only be 70% chances. thank you. any inputs will be greatly appreciated.

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    i was blessed .but i never used sudafed ....i was diagosed with TC in february this year had RPLD in march and retrograde ejeculation ever since ...but my urologist suggested TOFRANIL (50 mg )....IT WORKS , i have normal ejeculation for 3-4 days after taling just one tablete ...25mg did not work in my case , normal ejeculation just one day ..
    ....my wife is now pregnant ( 4months ), so it works ( in my case).......give it a shot , NEVER GIVE UP ...
    2/18/05 I/O , 90% embryonal carinoma , 5% yolk sac , 5% Teratoma , RPLD 3/7/05 , 3 nodes < 5mm , AFP 2 , hcg < 2 , IIA non seminona, Surveillance...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wolken
      ...but my urologist suggested TOFRANIL (50 mg )....IT WORKS , i have normal ejeculation for 3-4 days after taling just one tablete
      Interesting, Tofranil is an antidepressant (as you noted in a previous post), but I guess it has other uses, as well.

      I see it is listed at this link with this description: "If your retrograde ejaculation appears to be related to a mild nerve or muscle problem involving the bladder, then your doctor will treat you with a drug — such as pseudoephedrine (sold under many brand names), or imipramine (Tofranil) — that improves muscle tone at the bladder entrance."
      Last edited by Scott; 12-10-05, 11:22 PM.
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      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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      • #4
        thank you

        is tofranil a presciption drug? thank you so much for all your help!!

        /mj

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        • #5
          results

          my husband's semen analysis results are : FSH = 13.6 and testosterone level = 409, is this normal? thank you again!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wolken
            i was blessed .but i never used sudafed ....i was diagosed with TC in february this year had RPLD in march and retrograde ejeculation ever since ...but my urologist suggested TOFRANIL (50 mg )....IT WORKS , i have normal ejeculation for 3-4 days after taling just one tablete ...25mg did not work in my case , normal ejeculation just one day ..
            ....my wife is now pregnant ( 4months ), so it works ( in my case).......give it a shot , NEVER GIVE UP ...

            wow congratulations!! i'm so glad to hear that. is this your first baby? he's been cancer free for 7 years now i was just now a little bit concern because it's been a while. however, the only thing left in me is HOPE. hope that someday we'll also be blessed w/ a gift of life. this tofranil, is this a prescription drug? does it have any side effects? thank you !!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wolken
              i was blessed .but i never used sudafed ....i was diagosed with TC in february this year had RPLD in march and retrograde ejeculation ever since ...but my urologist suggested TOFRANIL (50 mg )....IT WORKS , i have normal ejeculation for 3-4 days after taling just one tablete ...25mg did not work in my case , normal ejeculation just one day ..
              ....my wife is now pregnant ( 4months ), so it works ( in my case).......give it a shot , NEVER GIVE UP ...

              I FORGOT TO ASK YOU, did you bank some sperms so that your wife can get pregnant? or was it from tofranil? i'm sorry i'm so confused. my husband had his 1st surgery in the philippines and nobody advised us about banking sperms so he never did it. we were too young at that time and no one discussed this to us. thank you again.

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              • #8
                I was able to bank sperm and my wife and i have done the ivf for the first time and it worked(so far)!!! We found out yesterday that she is 7 weeks pregnant and we got to hear the heartbeat. A Christmas present come early!!! I will be glad to help you with any questions about the process if you need me, good luck and God bless, Brian.
                diagnosed 01/15/2005 bi-lateral seminoma stage IIa,4cm lymph node, right I/O & partial left I/O mar/2005, 18 days of radiation, remaining left I/O- aug/2005, surveillance, Wife did IVF oct/2005, DAD OF BABY GIRL born 08-02-2006!!! testosterone implants May 2008

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                • #9
                  Congratulations!!

                  Originally posted by huckchef
                  I was able to bank sperm and my wife and i have done the ivf for the first time and it worked(so far)!!! We found out yesterday that she is 7 weeks pregnant and we got to hear the heartbeat. A Christmas present come early!!! I will be glad to help you with any questions about the process if you need me, good luck and God bless, Brian.

                  Congratulations to you and your Wife!!it surely is an early xmas present! unfortunately, my husband was not able to bank sperms prior to RPLND. it's so sad but hey life moves on. he's been cancer free for 7 years and as long as he stays healthy, i'm happy. goodluck to you and your upcoming baby.i'll be praying for her safe pregnancy and delivery. right now we're just taking it one at a time. if you have any inputs about our situation, i would really appreciate it. thanks alot! god bless!

                  /mj

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                  • #10
                    yes tofranil is prescription drug ...no i never banked sperm ..we did it "the normal" way ....
                    2/18/05 I/O , 90% embryonal carinoma , 5% yolk sac , 5% Teratoma , RPLD 3/7/05 , 3 nodes < 5mm , AFP 2 , hcg < 2 , IIA non seminona, Surveillance...

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                    • #11
                      really??

                      Originally posted by wolken
                      yes tofranil is prescription drug ...no i never banked sperm ..we did it "the normal" way ....

                      WOW!! THAT'S AMAZING!! IT GIVES ME SO MUCH HOPE THAT SOMEDAY WE'LL HAVE OUR OWN BABY. I HAVE TO REQUEST THIS FROM MY HUSBAND'S PHYSICIAN THOUGH. HOW DO YOU TAKE IT? ONCE A DAY ? THANKS A LOT!! CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!

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                      • #12
                        well in my case 25mg did not work well , but 50 mg worked ..yes once a day , usually 2-4 hr before intercourse ( i know sounds kind of silly to plan it in advance ) that's when medication starts to kick in ......
                        thanks a lot ..it's my first child and i'm so happy .......
                        2/18/05 I/O , 90% embryonal carinoma , 5% yolk sac , 5% Teratoma , RPLD 3/7/05 , 3 nodes < 5mm , AFP 2 , hcg < 2 , IIA non seminona, Surveillance...

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                        • #13
                          Hello, I'm new here and am a recent TC survivor. I have retrograde-ejaculation, due to the massive 15hr surgery that removed the stage 3 tumor mass from my abdomen. Is it possible that that Tofranil drug can restore ejaculation, even though the sympathatic nerves that control ejaculation and propel it out the penis have been completely severed? I'm already on a anti-depressent called Lexapro. Would taking two different anti-depressents be a bad thing? Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            I don't have any experience with any of this except that the surgeon who did my son's full bilateral RPLND to remove a 21 cm. mass said there are things a fertility Dr. can do, such as removal of sperm from the bladder - I don't know if any drugs will help when the nerves have not been spared. Sorry I can't help more-can anyone else shed some light on this? Lanette
                            Son (21) Diag 6/29/05;non-seminoma stage II;embryonal carcinoma & teratoma; right I/O 7/1; 4 X BEP; 21.5 x 19.0 x 9.5cm abdominal mass; full bilateral RPLND 11/21/05; 8-06 right arm/hand continues to heal from paralysis due to nerve injury

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                            • #15
                              Lanette- I am on the same page with you; we were told that if the nerves weren't spared, the retrograde ejaculation would just be a fact of life for us (although we were assured that there were certain fertility procedures of which we could avail ourselves). There are cases of temporary retrograde ejaculation due to certain traumas, illnesses, and procedures, in which drugs can be of assistance and where normal ejaculation is restored after a period of time, but we were told by both our urologist and our oncologist, as well as our GP, that this would not be the case in our situation (full template RPLND, no nerve-sparing). It will be one year since my husband's RPLND on Feb. 17, and there has been no change for him in that time.
                              Carpla
                              Husband originally diagnosed May 1986: Right I/O, 4 rounds VIP. Rediagnosed with Stage IIB, non-seminoma, 20x12x8 abdominal mass in Sept. 2004: 4 rounds VIP, RPLND (full template) 2/17/05. Currently on surveillance and so far, so good!!!

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