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  #1  
March 17th, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Hi Jacquie,

I am interested in the supplements you mentioned to improve sperm count.

Thank you!
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Me-38 DH-38. TTC #1 since August 2009
2/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection BFN
3/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection
4/2011 - not doing IUI - DH out of town
5/2011 - IUI with Femara and HCG trigger. In hospital due to infection from IUI.
Took a break from all meds this summer.
9/2011: - Start with new RE - testing begins.
10/2011: - Hysteroscopy - determine tubes are blocked.
10/2011 : - Laparoscopy - clip blocked tubes, determine right ovary is adhered to pelvic wall, cut adhesions
11/24/2011: IVF cycle #1 begins. Start stims.
12/2/2011: End stims. HCG trigger.
12/4/2011: Egg Retrieval. 9 eggs, only 1 embryo.
12/7/2011: Transfer.
12/20/2011: IVF #1 failed.
1/16/2012: IVF #2 first scan
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matt. 19:26
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March 17th, 2011, 12:26 PM
Jacquie's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Ok, I will go and grab my herbal remedies book and post for you what it says for each so you can research it and decide if it's for you.
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TTC #1:
5/20/05:
5/27/05:
5/28/05: miscarriage
08/27/05:
08/30/05: miscarriage
01/15/05: misdiagnosed with PCOS
08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it)
08/31/06:
05/16/07: DD was born

TTC #2:
11/13/09: let's try again!
03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility"
04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB
11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic
07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5.
08/08/11: positive hpt!
08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage.
10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET
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  #3  
March 17th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Posts: 997
You are so thoughtful. Thank you!
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Me-38 DH-38. TTC #1 since August 2009
2/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection BFN
3/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection
4/2011 - not doing IUI - DH out of town
5/2011 - IUI with Femara and HCG trigger. In hospital due to infection from IUI.
Took a break from all meds this summer.
9/2011: - Start with new RE - testing begins.
10/2011: - Hysteroscopy - determine tubes are blocked.
10/2011 : - Laparoscopy - clip blocked tubes, determine right ovary is adhered to pelvic wall, cut adhesions
11/24/2011: IVF cycle #1 begins. Start stims.
12/2/2011: End stims. HCG trigger.
12/4/2011: Egg Retrieval. 9 eggs, only 1 embryo.
12/7/2011: Transfer.
12/20/2011: IVF #1 failed.
1/16/2012: IVF #2 first scan
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matt. 19:26
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  #4  
March 17th, 2011, 01:04 PM
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Everything is taken from the book "Today's Herbal Health" except the last 3 - those were from internet articles and I included their links. HTH!

Quote:
Antler (Deer and Elk)
Traditional Chinese medicine used the powder in combinations for many ailments, such as kidney and stomach problems, as well as for bone strengthening, nourishing the blood, reducing swelling and increasing sperm production.

Primary Applications: aging; hormone imbalance; impotence; infertility
Secondary Applications: anemia; high blood pressure; fevers; frigidity; menopausal symptoms; slow metabolism; osteomyelitis; stress; arthritis; fatigue; flu; memory loss; menstrual symptoms; miscarriage problems; rheumatism; weak teeth

Damiana
Traditional uses of damiana include nervousness, fatigue, hormone balance, female disorders and increasing sexual function. It is used most often for treating female disorders such as problems with menopause and strengthening the reproductive organs. It has been found to help with infertility in both males and females, by strengthening the egg in the female and increasing the sperm count in the male.

Primary Applications: aphrodisiac; emphysema; hormone imbalance; menopausal symptoms; pms; bronchitis; frigidity; hot flashes; infertility; Parkinson's disease

Secondary Applications: asthma; cough; exhaustion; nervousness; low sex drive; constipation; depression; headaches; prostate problems


Panax Ginseng
Ginseng seemed to increase the sperm count in rabbits as well as the egg-laying of hens in some studies. A Korean study found the mating behavior of rats to increase with ginseng. Ginseng has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the male reproductive system. It is highly recommended alone or in combinations for male and female health.

It is believed to increase firmness and length of an erection, as well as increase testosterone levels, sperm count, and sperm motility.

Primary Applications: age spots; asthma; depression; fatigue; hemorrhage; sexual stimulant; appetite loss; high blood pressure; lack of endurance; fevers; hormonal imbalance; stress

Secondary Applications: aging, bleeding; bronchitis; lack of concentration; indigestion; impotence; liver disorders; anemia; blood diseases; cancer; gastric disorders; inflammation; insomnia; lung disorders

Zinc & Vitamin C - Low levels of vitamin C and zinc can cause sperm to clump together, so keep your numbers up. Vitamin E can counteract excess free-oxygen radicals, which can also affect sperm quality. Source

Selenium - Selenium is an essential trace element and an important anti-oxidant that, according to a number of research papers, is associated with the treatment and prevention of cancer, heart disease and AIDS. However, according to a new Scottish research trial, selenium has been shown to be a particularly important nutrient in over-coming male infertility.

96 men were divided into eight groups in a double-blind, placebo-co3ntrolled study. All of the men received either a composite tablet containing selenium and selected vitamins and minerals (Bio-Selenium + Zinc) or a placebo tablet to be taken daily for a period of three months. This means’ sperm quality was recorded before and after the study and the results showed that the motility of sperm cells in the treatment groups had increased by as much as 80 per cent, but when the men stopped taking the tablet, their sperm cell quality was seen to fall again.

In the UK, it is estimated that 20 per cent of couples living together are childless and the average daily intake of selenium is 31 micrograms per day (the recommended daily intake is 60-70 micrograms) .This study indicates that selenium is a particularly important nutrient in male infertility and should be considered as part of the treatment of childless couples. A daily intake of 130 micrograms per day was found to be the required dosage to produce optimal improvement in sperm quality. Source

Bee Pollen - For men the bee pollen benefits for health are even greater. Researchers have recently found that bee pollen is very effective in helping prevent prostate problems. This is one of the best bee pollen benefits for men.

In addition, over 50% of men who were given bee pollen in a study of bee pollen benefits experienced a dramatic improvement in sperm count and were able to perform better sexually... after just one month of taking bee pollen. Source
__________________
TTC #1:
5/20/05:
5/27/05:
5/28/05: miscarriage
08/27/05:
08/30/05: miscarriage
01/15/05: misdiagnosed with PCOS
08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it)
08/31/06:
05/16/07: DD was born

TTC #2:
11/13/09: let's try again!
03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility"
04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB
11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic
07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5.
08/08/11: positive hpt!
08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage.
10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET
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March 17th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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Forgot to add these as well:

Quote:
Vitamin B12

A deficiency of Vitamin B12 leads to reduced sperm counts and reduced sperm motility. Even if there is no deficiency of Vitamin-BI2, its supplementation may be beneficial for men with sperm count less than 20 million/ml or a motility rate of less than fifty percent.

In one study, twenty-seven percent of men who had sperm counts under 20 million/ml were given 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12 per day. As a result, their total sperm count increased in excess of 100 million/ml. In another study, fifty-seven percent of men with low sperm counts who were given 6,000 mcg of vitamin B12 per day demonstrated improvements. Source
The above site also had these recommendations:

Quote:
Suggested Daily dosages:

Most Important:

Vitamin B complex, 100 mg twice daily.

Vitamin B6, 50 mg twice daily for six months or more.

Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, Start with 200 IU daily and increase gradually to 400-1,000 IU daily.

Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000-3,000 mg three times daily for at least three months.

Zinc, 80 mg, with 3 mg copper daily six months, then reduce zinc to 30 mg. . Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.

L-arginine, 4,000 mg.

Coenzyme Q10, 200 mg.

Chromium, 100 mcg.

Seleniurn, 200-400 mcg daily.
Helpful:

Lactobacillus acidophilus, 1-3 capsules or 1 tsp.

Flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon daily.

Carnitine, 300 milligrams three times daily.
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations

Consume a diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds).

Eat 1/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds each day.

Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.

Identify and control food allergies.

Get regular exercise. (Avoid excessive exercise.)

Perform a relaxation exercise (deep breathing, meditation, prayer, visualization, etc.) 10 to 15 minutes each day.

Drink at least 48 ounces of water daily.
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TTC #1:
5/20/05:
5/27/05:
5/28/05: miscarriage
08/27/05:
08/30/05: miscarriage
01/15/05: misdiagnosed with PCOS
08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it)
08/31/06:
05/16/07: DD was born

TTC #2:
11/13/09: let's try again!
03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility"
04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB
11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic
07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5.
08/08/11: positive hpt!
08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage.
10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET
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