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August 29th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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My name is Lindsay. I have been married to DH for 4 yrs. We have a DS who will be 3 in October. DS wasn't really planned. I had been off BC for 6 months and we were just avoiding that time of the month but one drunken night we slipped up and bam I was pregnant. So when we decided to TTC#2 I thought it would just be really easy. After 6 months of trying and no success I decided to call an RE to get some testing done because I had an emergent D&C right after DS was born and I also had an accident 9 months after DS was born that required abdominal surgery so I thought automatically it would be my problem and I wanted to fix things sooner than later. Well my HSG and progesterone test were normal so the RE wanted DH to have an SA. The results show that he has low motility at 11% and count of 10mil/ml. The morphology is still pending. I have been trying to figure out if anything had changed between now and 3 yrs ago but don't know really what it is. DH in the last 2 months has been more into running and biking which I know can hurt sometimes with the heat but when we first started for the 1st 5 months he wasn't doing this. He doesn't put a laptop on his lab, he doesn't take baths. His brother has a varicocele and now I wonder if he has a small one that maybe has worsened over the last 3 yrs. Now we have to go see the urologist for possible further testing.

What have people done to increase their motility and counts. What supplements do their DH's take?

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August 29th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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I'm in a similar situation. My son was born after 6 months of NTNP/TTC and while I didn't neccesarily think we would conceive #2 immediately, I didn't think we had any major fertility problem. I never would have guessed we would be going on 2 years of hardcore TTC

When my DH had a SA after about 6 months of TTC #2, it was awful....1.3 million/ml with 36% motility. He saw a urologist, had the varicocele surgery and went on a hardcore vitamin regimine. 3 months after his surgery his counts were up to 12 million/ml, 50% motility and a total of 48 million sperm, so his concentration was still low but overall his counts and motility were on the low end of normal. We got pregnant naturally just ten days after that improved SA, but sadly I miscarried and we have had no luck since then in spite of his counts remaining improved .

Listed below is my DH's vitamin regimine. To be honest, I kind of believe the improvements come from the vitamins more than his surgery, but we'll never know for sure.

L-carnitine (3000 mg/day)
Acetyl L-carnitine (1000 mg/day)
Vitamin C (1000 mg 2x a day)
Vitamin B12 (1000 mcg/day)
L-arginine (4000 mg/day)
Zinc (50 mg/day)
Mega Men Prostate and Virility (2x/day)
N-Acetyl Cysteine (600 mg/day)
L-lysine (500 mg/day)

This is a TON of pills and it is expensive, but I guess it's worth it. Before his counts improved, we were told that IVF was our only option and now we are candidates for IUI. Most of these can be found cheaper at vitacost.com
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