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November 28th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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With my DH having low sperm and low mobility what are my options - besides adoption??
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November 29th, 2010, 08:42 AM
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Hi and ! Do you have your DH's exact numbers? "Low" can mean alot of things, from severe to still having a decent shot at natural conception. If he has 5-10 million motile sperm, most REs will try IUIs first. If it is super low they will probably recommend IVF.
There are also some treatment options to directly try to improve the low sperm count before trying IVF or IUI. Has your DH seen a urologist? Urologists will test for normal hormone levels, genetic issues, prostate issues, and varicoceles to try to determine the cause of the problem. My DH had surgery on his varicocele (basically a varicose vein in his testicle) a few months ago. Some men are put on Clomid or other fertility drugs to try to improve things. Alot of have our DHs on vitamins and supplements. We have a list up above in a subforum called Infertility Tricks.

I hope this helps Male infertility is a very tough issue but there is hope. There are several of us on here who have conceived naturally with VERY low counts and motility issues. My DH's last SA came back with 3.2 million/ml and 36% motility.....and we have an almost 2-year old who we conceived naturally without even knowing we had a fertility problem. So while doctors may not give you much hope for conceiving naturally, I wouldn't ever let them tell you "never".
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November 29th, 2010, 10:21 AM
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wishfulgal said everything!!! Male infertility is an "Issue"~ Its not permanent!! Although it seems like there is no hope sometimes, there are always ways to try and fix it.
We never went to a urologist, we only made it to an RE. My hubby had a super low count ( I seriously can not remember his stats right now-something like 12 mill count and 5% motility) but his main issue that the RE told us that would help was to have hubby quit drinking alcohol!! Simple as that!! And of course take a daily vitamin every morning.
Our RE explained that sperm needs 3 months to 'fix' it self. So what you do TODAY- will show up in his sperm in 3 months!!
As predicted by our RE~ Hubby quit drinking alcohol in Jan and we became pregnant ON OUR OWN 3 months later in late March.
Let me back up~ I have severe endometriosis and hubby has low sperm count. All our doctors gave us a 5% chance of conceiving on our own with 'those issues'. Over a 14 months period of TTC, we did 2 IUIs (that failed) and I was on clomid for about 8 months back to back and We ended up conceiving on our own!! So it IS possible!! Never let a doctor tell you "NEVER!!"
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January 3rd, 2011, 05:25 PM
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What she said!

We did do a frozen IUI with our first child, but our second was a natural miracle. I think in my case, once in a lifetime

We're now back to the donor drawing board, and in the tww.



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Hi and ! Do you have your DH's exact numbers? "Low" can mean alot of things, from severe to still having a decent shot at natural conception. If he has 5-10 million motile sperm, most REs will try IUIs first. If it is super low they will probably recommend IVF.
There are also some treatment options to directly try to improve the low sperm count before trying IVF or IUI. Has your DH seen a urologist? Urologists will test for normal hormone levels, genetic issues, prostate issues, and varicoceles to try to determine the cause of the problem. My DH had surgery on his varicocele (basically a varicose vein in his testicle) a few months ago. Some men are put on Clomid or other fertility drugs to try to improve things. Alot of have our DHs on vitamins and supplements. We have a list up above in a subforum called Infertility Tricks.

I hope this helps Male infertility is a very tough issue but there is hope. There are several of us on here who have conceived naturally with VERY low counts and motility issues. My DH's last SA came back with 3.2 million/ml and 36% motility.....and we have an almost 2-year old who we conceived naturally without even knowing we had a fertility problem. So while doctors may not give you much hope for conceiving naturally, I wouldn't ever let them tell you "never".
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