I've been thinking about this for years, almost 9 to be exact! And thought I would come here to see if anyone else has experienced this or dealt with it as their sons age. My boys were born at 28 weeks and spent over 8 weeks in the NICU. They battled SOOOO much during that time! They have come thru that experince amazingly but there is one concern that has lingered for me. Their fertility. What has me concerned is that during their bout with necrotizing enterocolitus (NEC--a deadly infection in the intestines) they had sometimes hourly X-rays of their GI track, which is so close to their reproductive track. I know on one occasion while I was there the techs were performing an X-ray and even tho I reminded them, they did not use a lead shield over one of my sons genitals. This has haunted me. I know if they didn't use it after I reminded them, there were probably countless times when i wasnt there that their testicles were exposed to radiation. I'm concerned about them being sterile. And wondering if anyone on here with older sons (former NICU babies) or sons with similar amounts of xrays has dealt with this. My husband and I have talked about it but can't agree on how to handle this. Do we tell them young enough that it isn't a shock to them later, like say 16. Do we have them get checked for live sperm at or around puberty. Thats gonna be weird! Do we let them find out on their own when they start trying for a family? The later just doesn't feel right to me. Thank you all in advance for any insight you may offer me!
on Sep. 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM