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August 11th, 2013, 01:57 PM
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My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over a year now. I have had blood work for everything, and 2 ultra sounds. I have been testing with OPK's for the past year and monitoring temps, and everything has been normal. The doctor then said we need to have my husband tested, so we did. He had two SA's done and both were abnormal, so they have us scheduled to see a Urologist tomorrow. It seems like his Motility is one of the main factors. I have included both of the analysis below, does anyone know what these mean and how bad this is? and can any of this be fixed? I'm also trying to get info so I can have notes ready for our appointment tomorrow. Thanks for any info!

First Analysis:
! Liquefaction Abnormal minutes Rng:20-60
Semen Volume [L] 1.0 mL Rng:>=2.0
! Sperm Motility (Progressive)
[L] 15 % Rng:>=50
Sperm Count per mL 40.9 Million/mL Rng:>=20.0
Testing performed at South Lab.
! Viability [L] 36 % Rng:>=65
! Normal Forms (WHO criteria)
22 % Rng:>=15
! White Cells Normal Rng:<=2000
! Total Sperm Count/sample
40.9 Millions Rng:>=40.0

Most Recent Second Analysis
! Liquefaction Abnormal minutes Rng:20-60
Semen Volume [L] 0.5 mL Rng:>=2.0
! Sperm Motility (Progressive)
[L] 10 % Rng:>=50
Sperm Count per mL 105.0 Million/mL Rng:>=20.0
Testing performed at South Lab.
! Viability [L] 18 % Rng:>=65
! Normal Forms (WHO criteria)
24 % Rng:>=15
! White Cells Normal Rng:<=2000
! Total Sperm Count/sample
52.5 Millions Rng:>=40.0

Last edited by cls2013; August 11th, 2013 at 02:01 PM.
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November 8th, 2013, 10:28 AM
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The way I'm reading this (I'M CERTAINLY NO EXPERT) is:
Count: 105 million (which is well above "low" at 20 mil)
Motility: 10% (which is very low)
Morphology: not sure about this.....

I wanted to respond with our success story to let you know that there is hope. My husband was diagnosed in July 2013 with a low sperm count:

Count: 9 million
Motility: 14%
Morphology: 12%

He began taking Fertility Blend for Men (he's been taking 2 pills daily for the past 3 months) and was prescribed Clomid (he's been taking 25 mg daily for the past 2 months) and had a repeat SA today for our IUI and his numbers were much better! His count was still the same, but the motility was MUCH BETTER:

Count: 9 million
Motility: 87%
Morphology: 12%

Good luck! Keep us posted!
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August 13th, 2014, 03:33 AM
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I have been reading everyone’s stories for a long time now and I just wanted to share my journey with everyone to give a little hope that hard work does pay of and help where possible.

My husband and I have been trying for a baby for around 3 years now. After a year and a half of trying we decided to speak with a doctor. Being so young (I’m 26 and he is 24) we didn’t really believe there would be a problem and then the dreaded semen analyst results came back;

Count: 7million
Motility: 0
Morphology: 0

These results weren’t just ‘bad’ they were seriously awful. As you can imagine we were pretty devastated. The urologist found it pretty hard to believe there were 0 motile sperm so had us repeat the test and once again the results were the same.
Our urologist examined my husband and after some extensive blood work they realised he doesn’t produce enough testosterone. It was decided that he would take Clomid everyday, change his diet to all fresh fruit and vegetables and take a cocktail of vitamins. Most will know that Clomid in general is used for woman and some DRs/ urologists do not like men to take it as it is not FDA approved.
So this was a year and a half ago. It has been a very long, expensive journey (why is it fresh organic food is roughly 3 times the price?) but yesterday we had our first follow up appointment since 2013 and the results have improved dramatically, they are still low in regards to what a ‘normal’ count should be:

Count: 17million (up 10million from before)
Motility: 18%
Morphology: 2%

We still have a long journey ahead of us, but this means we know longer need to consider a donor when the time is right to proceed with IVF and now we have hope that naturally there is still a possibility. The urologist has recommended freezing his sperm which we will look into. Also his bloods had dramatically improved and in time with the Clomid helping produce the testosterone this should hopefully increase his numbers more.

Below are some of the changes we made:
  • . He doesn’t smoke and rarely drinks
  • . 2/3 litres of water a day
  • Switched to decaf coffee
  • . He started putting a cool pack on his testicles where possible
  • . You can buy specially designed underwear (very helpful when you are on the move or at work) search - Snowballs
  • I would recommend using Pressed (available on Amazon) this protect the sperm through its journey
  • the urologist expressed its very important the male orgasms first and then the woman to follow (us woman act as a vacuum as he pleasantly put it!)

Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Folic Acid
Maca Root
Royal Jelly
L- Carnitine

Foods I tried to incorporate everyday which have added benefits:
Brazil nuts
Sesame seeds
Red pepper
Pomegranate juice
Natural organic yogurts
Organic chicken
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