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    Default 7 million sperm :(

    We've been trying on and off for 2 yrs with no luck. I turn 30 next month so I got some blood tests on day 3 and 22 last month and an ultrasound on day 6 and hubby got a sperm analysis. All my tests came back perfect in every area, then I was told very manner a factly by my gp that 'I had married a dud' (very hurtful comment) and his sperm count came back as only 7 million. No mention was made if any problems with sperm movement or shape so it's only a low count as the problem. I'm really upset obviously with this news. Hubby has been told to repeat the analysis in 6 weeks time and if the results are similar (most likely the case) ill be referred to Monash IVF for ART treatments (IUI, IVF etc).
    There is no real lifestyle changes to be made, he is within a healthy bmi, eats well, non smoker, drinks only on special occasions like Xmas and visits the gym 3 times a week and walks the dog everyday. He is taking vitamins but I will add some more for him on GP's advice.

    Is there anybody here who had a similar situation and how did it pan out? With a perfectly healthy young women and a man with under 10 million sperm. How long did it take to get a pregnancy and with what method did you use?

    Any experiences with Monash IVF? What treatments were u offered in a similar situation? I'm keen to get on with it and not try things with low rates of success.

    I just have this feeling of dread. I've had it my whole life like I've always known there was going to be a problem. My parents tried IVF several times in the late 80's/early 90's after having me and not being able to have another child. It was never a success for them, IVF odds weren't very good back then. The whole thing didn't end well and I guess I've had a negative feeling about the whole thing ever since. Can anyone share some insights that would be relevant to my situation?

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    Hi just wanted to say hi and hope your ivf journey works out for you 😀

    My DH and I started TTC last year and with no luck went to the gp for a general check up and found out my DH is infertile. Very disappointing as no signs of it he is very healthy and only 27 but something just went wrong when he was in utero. So I'm sure with 7 million you have a great chance!!!

    Wishing you luck 😜

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    3cats1pug this is a really difficult time and tough news to hear (regardless of dr being an a**e!).

    We tried for 2 years and never had any issues in the GP tests done. We were referred to a specialist who did much more extensive testing of both of us. There were a few little issues but nothing obvious. Main issue was DH morphology (0% normal forms) which isn't automatically a no go for natural conception.

    As we had been trying for a while we were recommended to go straight to IVF. The whole process was managed so well by the staff and we felt really looked after and supported all the time. Plus the IVFers on Bub hub are an amazing support network. We went through Genea but I have heard good things about Monash too.

    You need to be mentally ready for a long process. We were really lucky. We started on the path in jan 2011 and got our BFP off our first round of IVF in May 2011. We are now pg with our second from the same batch of embryos.

    While you are probably in shock right now, we saw this as our opportunity to take control of ttc and get in the drivers seat. No more months of DTD like crazy and AF turning up regardless. Now you know the potential cause of your challenges you can do something about it.

    Have a look around the forum, there are lots of really positive stories, including pregnancies from couples with no sperm found in the sample. To those couples 7 million would seems like a brilliant result!!!

    Good luck

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    Thank u for sharing ladies.

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    My sister was in a very similar position, except that her DHs sperm count was virtually zero. I don't know the exact terminology for it sorry, but they did the ivf process where the sperm is injected directly into the egg and she fell pregnant first cycle twice. She now has two healthy children with a third on the way - the third is a miracle baby as they fell naturally after the drs all said no way would it ever happen.

    Best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by wktz View Post
    My sister was in a very similar position, except that her DHs sperm count was virtually zero. I don't know the exact terminology for it sorry, but they did the ivf process where the sperm is injected directly into the egg and she fell pregnant first cycle twice. She now has two healthy children with a third on the way - the third is a miracle baby as they fell naturally after the drs all said no way would it ever happen.

    Best of luck
    That's encouraging. That process is called ICSI. I'm not sure if they will offer us that or standard IVF.

    We have such a long wait 7 weeks till we can go back to the GP for the 2nd sperm analysis results I'm worrying about how I'm gonna stop thinking about all this for all that time. I just wanna know now what's gonna happen
    I've had periods of depression in the past triggered by medical issues (cancer etc) and stress (work) and I'm worried it might come back. I've been off meds and symptom free since Sep last yr and have no symptoms now its just a fear it might happen. It's really irritating.

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    I too was scared when my husbands count came back at 3 million...also we looked further into it and he also had high DNA fragmentation, I think 31% fragmented, only 20% swam fast and 3% were the right shape. I was convinced we wouldn't conceive!

    Anyway first ivf cycle I got pregnant, I had no issues just like you and I was 28 when we conceived. I just finished feeding my daughter who is almost 3 weeks old, so believe me there is definitely hope with 7 million I have heard of success with only a 1000 sperm.

    Good luck and I hope you get your bub soon xxx

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    I don't know anything about sperm count... But my Dad was told he was infertile and would never be able to conceive a child, ever. So my brother was conceived with donor sperm.

    7 years later I was conceived naturally, and my brother 3 years later. No IVF,
    no special days, just time. So there's always, always hope! The body works in mysterious ways

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    My DH has a low count aswell, about 1 million, so very low... My DS is nearly 5 weeks old, we had success on our first cycle, it was March last year when we found out & now we are finally parents, hang in there it's possible :-)

    If I where you I'd ring the clinic & get an appointment in 7 weeks, just after you DH's next analysis, if all is good you can cancel, but if not you can see them straight away, waiting lists can make your journey unnecessarily longer...

    GOODLUCK... Hope it's a short journey now!!

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