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June 22nd, 2007, 01:17 AM
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Hey girls, never really posted here before but looks like i'll be round here more often! It looks like me and DH will need medical intervention to have a baby. After TTC 7 cycles the doc ran some bloods on me as i have irregular cycles, all came back fine and i was ovulating fine. Next step DH s/a well came back not so good!! DH has been taking vitamins (ive heard of fertilaid but we dont get it here in the UK) so i looked up what is best....he's on, zinc, vit A, C, E, complex vit B and im getting some L-Carnitine (active ingredient in fertilaid).

Does anyone have any experience similar to mine, if so i could do with some encouragement! We have been referred to a fertility specialist so we're waiting on that app coming thro.

Some background on me, should of given this first lol. Im Sheryl 27 and im married to Duncan 28, been married since 2nd sep 2006 and been TTC since Aug 2006. I have a daughter Rebecca who'll be 7 this yr and im very pleased to meet you all



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June 22nd, 2007, 04:49 AM
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HI!!! I'm Cheryl, 33 dh is 37 and we are dealing with male factor as well. What exactly were your dh's numbers? My dh's count was awesome at over 200mil, his motility was just a bit low at 47% but his morphology was bad at only 5%. The urologist says we still have a "chance" to concieve naturally because dh has 2 children already, but so far after 17 cycles bfn's! I'm going to order fertilAid for me and dh over the internet at www.FertilAid.com You can probably do the same. The website does say it takes 4 months for results which is actually good for us because the urologist wants dh to do another s/a in 6mo so that'll be around Oct/Nov (his original was done in May) The other "advice" the urologist gave us was wear silk boxers, no hot tubs, no smoking, no drinking and multivitamins. Did your dh go to the urologist? I believe clomid for men will increase their count?

Anywho, I hope this didn't drag on, I just wanted to share a bit with you about our situation. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me. There's a few other great knowledgeable ladies on here as well! When is your RE appt? Good Luck!
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June 22nd, 2007, 04:51 AM
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Welcome, I don't know much about how to help with low sperm counts, but I am sure the RE will give you guidance as to what to do next
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June 22nd, 2007, 05:43 AM
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Welcome! I'm Charity and my dh has fertility issues. He had a low count, low morphology, and non progressive swimmers. His count has increased over the past 6 months. He as on zinc, Vit C, GNC fertility blend, and tribulus. He also changed his diet, no more alcohol, no fried foods and started eating a LOT healthier. He always wore boxer shorts and hates hot water, but they always tell you to change those things just incase you aren't already.
Dh also started jogging more. He used to jog 3 times a week, now he's up to 6. I'm not sure if this helped his swimmers, but it's helping his body!

Also, the low count could be because he has a blockage which can be corrected with surgery. Good luck!
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June 22nd, 2007, 07:27 AM
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Hey there... we had male factor issues as well (and I had irregular cycles, but all my tests came out fine as well). Because we had not only a low count, but also dismal motility and morphology, we ended up going straight to IVF for 2 cycles and then switched to IUI with donor sperm. Not a choice for everyone, but we just wanted our family and didn't care how we got it. Now I'm 15 wks pregnant and SOOOO excited! Good luck with whatever route you choose to go... but just know there are tons of options out there for you.
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June 22nd, 2007, 09:28 AM
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I'm Katie, and my hubby has severe male factor. He did have sperm in his sample, but NONE were normal, in fact, most were dead. In our situation IUI was out of the question, so we went straight to IVF with ICSI (inject sperm into egg....not natural fertilization) and microTESE (extraction of sperm directly from testicle). It's not fun, and it's very expensive, but if it works than we will be very happy. We're smack dab in the middle of the cycle -- DH had his TESE on Wednesday, I had my retrieval yesterday, and we're impatiently waiting to hear our fertililization report for today!
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June 23rd, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Hi Sheryl! Welcome to TTCMA! This board is full of wise women that have been through just about every infertility issue there is. I am Astrid & currently the host here. DH has low count & motility but our RE believes it can be fixed by doing a few simple things such as vitamins, boxer shorts, etc. Also, in his last sample, bacteria was present & the RE thinks that is what may have killed most of the boys as there were 90 million present but only 5.4 million that made it through the wash from 10.2 million that were alive. His motility was at 27% which is considered low but again, the bacteria could have very well been the cause.

We started ttc 19 mths ago which resulted in an immediate pgcy but we lost our baby 7 weeks later. Since then, no luck. We have done 1 IUI cycle w/ injections & plan on doing that again next cycle.

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June 24th, 2007, 02:38 AM
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Thanks a lot girls for all your replies!! Katie...good luck with the IVF this cycle, i'll have my fingers crossed for you! Im not sue of DHs actual numbers, think it was around 2 mil from the usual 20-40 which is classed as normal!! His motility and morphology were only slightly under average. He'll have to give another sample when we go to the fertility clinic anyway so hoping the vits and stuff will mayb have an impact by then! He already wears boxers and he takes showers, not hot baths so think thats ok!

Honestly girls thanks for the support, its nice to know im not alone


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June 24th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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Hey, we are all in this together. Trust me, I understand the frustration. It is good to know that there are others out there to support you. Like I said before, feel free to ask anything!
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