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Hey ladies. I usually post on the TTCAL and TTCWMA boards, but I figured seeing how our fertility issues are male factor I would come over and say hi.
My name is Lindsey and my hubby is my "Wookie." I am 26 and have 2 children from a previous marriage, but they are officially adopted my my DH. He is 43 years old. For 3 years we have been TTC a child together. We ended up getting pregnant on our own last Oct, but I miscarried really early on. We had a SA a year ago April, and he was borderline low. 80 million sperm, 40% motility, and good morphology. We recently went and saw a RE and for some reason my hubby is now considered "infertile." He only had 20 million sperm, 35% motility, and 2% morphology. I was in shock.
We are now moving forward with IVF at the end of June. Still, I want to try whatever we can to boost his sperm quality. Any suggestions?
Hi, I'm new here too, but since me & my husband have been ttc for 18months now (he's 41, I'm 37) and I've had 3 children (one gave up for adoption and other 2 live with their dad) we really want one together. soooo, since we haven't been conceiving on our own for 18 months I asked the doctor I work for (he's a nutritionalist/chiropractor) and he suggested supplements: Tribulus & Symplex M, both supposedly increase the health of sperm.
So those are my two cents....research or go to standardprocess (they're the sellers of those supps) and it'll give you more info.
I'm on TTCAL and TTCMA occasionally, too, so I recognize you Is your DH's count the total count or the count/ml (concentration)? That does make a big difference.
This is what my hubby takes every day:
L-carnitine (3000 mg/day) (helps motility Acetyl L-carnitine (1000 mg/day) helps motility
Vitamin C (1000 mg 2x a day)motility, ph
Vitamin B12 (1000 mcg/day)helps count
Vitamin E (400 IU/day)helps morphology Zinc (50 mg/day) count and motility Mega Men Prostate and Virility (2x/day) lots of good stuff N-Acetyl Cysteine (600 mg/day)count and motility
L-lysine (500 mg/day)increases volume, and overall count L-arginine (2000 mg/day)count
I bolded what I consider to be the most important based on what I have read/researched. My DH takes this and also had varicocele surgery in 9/10. His count did dramatically improve (from 3 million total with 36% motility to 48 million total with 50% motility) and we did conceive in December but that ended in loss and we have not had luck since then. I'm sorry you have to go through this....after 18 months and 1 loss we are very tired of TTC and starting the adoption process, but I do have hope that we might eventually conceive again. It's just not something I can wait for anymore.
__________________ Joyful Mama to 2 Sweet little boys
Hi , first of all 20 million is not really low. my DH had a count of 16 million per ml and we have been pregnant twice. he refused to go back in for another SA so I ended up buying a good microscope so I could view them for myself , cant really get a accurate count but gives me an idea still of what were working with.
Things that I know for sure have help and I think contributed to our BFP last october/november was he had started that HCG diet and I encouraged it after reading up on HCG and finding it has been proven to increase sperm count. he took the shots for only a few months before I got my BFP. sadly we lost it.
He is tired of shots so this time he is taking GNC mega man prostrate and virility and tamoxifen
( nolvadex) he was only on the GNC mega man for about 2 weeks and I saw great progress in volume of semen, count and motility, and they all looked healthy too.
so there are some things to try . Good luck!.
His count was really 5 mil per ml. So 4.1 ml = a little over 20 mil total. Thanks for the ideas on the vitamins! I will definately check those out! I know I can find some when I google it online, but personal experiences are always better!
Is an IUI an option?
My husbands counts are even lower... 4 million sperm, 23% motility, 2% morphology and I've been pregnant (just to give you hope?).. I had a miscarriage @ 12 weeks, but did GET pregnant so it CAN happen.
No, unfortunately IUI is not an option for us. We would basically be wasting our money at that point. His count is way too low for our RE to even consider it.
We originally went in to see the RE for an IUI, but were told that IVF is our only option at this point. On the plus side, we were able to finance the IVF, and we also qualified for a program that donates all of the medications for the first cycle free (my RE had an application for it). In fact, I just got the call that we were approved.
We have also gotten pregnant on our own. We lost that pregnancy last Oct.
Thank you Shortcake for my beautiful siggy!
Last edited by LindseyE117; May 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 AM.
I just want to say good luck with whatever it is that you guys venture on to get that bfp!
My husband has his first urologist appt tomorrow to start things going and see where we need to go from here. I honestly have no clue what we need to do...but his count is low (8.5 million) and his morphology (as of his one and only SA) is 0%.
TTC since March 2010 (too darn long) - 4 years, 2 months and counting... / Severe MFI / Stage 1 Endometriosis
October 2012 = Fresh IVF #1 - retrieved 8, 6 fertilized. Transfer 2. Fail.March 2013 = Frozen #1 - Transfer 2 of 4 left. Fail.
February 2014 = Frozen #2 - Transfer remaining 2 - IMPLANTATION!
8 weeks, D&C - blighted ovum - Triploidy
July 2014 = Fresh IVF #2!
"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us!"
Good luck ladies! I lurk on this board more then post lately, as we're not currently TTC, so just wanted to give some hugs & say good luck! I remember those urologist appointments very well and all the stress & uncertainty of MFI.
In a nutshell, I'm Becky (37), DH is Tony (also 37). After over a year of TTC, we discovered DH was born with a genetic condition resulting in zero spermies. Even after having a multitude of scans/tests/procedures/etc (including biopsies) we still had zero. After taking some time to emotionally deal with this and make a choice, we decided to TTC via IUI using donor sperm, and we are now proud parents of a beautiful baby boy.