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September 20th, 2010, 12:06 PM
ohnicole's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hi ladies! I'm Nicole- my JM home is the TTCAL board, but we've just recently started seeing a RE. We have been TTC our first for 1.5 years with 1 loss. I got the results from DH's SA over the phone today, and I'm feeling a little unsure about it. I requested them to send me a paper version so I can really sit down and look at their normal ranges and everything, but here is what they told me:

Total Count: 40 million
Motility: 65%
Overall forward progression: Grade 2++

They said everything looked good, but from what I was reading online, 40 million is the lower limit for a normal count, and Grade 2 motility isn't really that good. Am I just being paranoid, or would you be concerned about these numbers?

Thanks for your help
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September 20th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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Hi there! The lower limit of normal is actually 20 million/ml with 2 ml volume= 40 million total. So you are on the lower limit of normal with that. The grade of motility I find confusing. My DH had one sample with a 2.5 grade and one with a 2 grade. From what I've researched anything with a 2 or less is not really moving forward, just kind of "wiggling". But I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean that NONE of them are moving forward progressively, just not very many.

So I would say there is some room for improvement, especially with the motility, but to be honest...your DH's number's look awesome compared to alot of our DH's on here. My DH and I have a 20-month old son (took us about 6 months to conceive) and have found out while TTC #2 that DH has a sperm count of 3.2 million/ml with 36% motility.

I would get your DH on a good multivitamin with plenty of zinc, selenium and folic acid and have him take at least 1000mg of Vitamin C a day. That can help with the motility. L-carnitine also helps with motility. If you are interested, a few of us have our DH's vitamin regimines listed above under "Infertility Tricks" up above. I definitely think it is very possible to get pregnant with counts like your DH's though

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September 21st, 2010, 07:13 AM
ohnicole's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Thanks so much for your thoughts

I guess it makes sense to get DH started on some vitamins. Maybe when I get a paper copy of the report, I can make some more sense of their motility grading system.

Good luck to all the ladies here struggling with male infertility!
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September 21st, 2010, 11:56 AM
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I also think those numbers are GREAT!!!

We got pregnant on our own with a 7 million count and a 4% motility rate...but it did take us 14 months. ---ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!---

I would also agree on getting your hubby on some zinc-- never hurts to try!!!

****GOOD LUCK!!!!****
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September 21st, 2010, 06:29 PM
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Those numbers are nice! Good luck!

TTC #1 for five years
Battling PCOS and Male Factor Infertility

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September 22nd, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Thank you so much, girls! You're really making me feel better about his numbers (which is nice since I've got a whole mess going on with me )
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