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    Default Terrifying sperm analysis results

    Recently received my sperm analysis results and whilst they are slightly improved on last time they are still very low.

    As the last of my family's male line and having always wanted to become a father of a large family, I am feeling very depressed and don't know what to do. Luckily I am still fairly young, but my wife is in her early 30s.

    This is quite puzzling as I am a non-smoker, have the occasional alcoholic drink on special occasions (about every few months), have a healthy BMI, young (under 30), although I am on a few medications (including Zoloft), and my diet and exercise regime could be better.

    I should mention that we only started trying to conceive this month.

    Test 1:

    Volume 3.0ml
    Sperm Concentration: 155 x 10*6/ml
    Non motile: 100%
    Normal Forms: *8

    Test 2:

    Volume: 1.5ml
    Sperm concentration: 2 x 10*6/ml
    Rapidly progressive: 5%
    Slowly progressive: 5%
    Non motile: 90%

    Is there anything I can do to increase my chances to have children?
    Last edited by Wishfulvater; 29-01-2014 at 16:19.

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    The great news is that there are swimmers there!

    There are lots of things you can try - supplements, foods rich in zinc, acupuncture, cut out alcohol & smoking, no restrictive clothing, no overheating etc.

    My DH has had numerous bad sperm tests (I'm not sure how to interpret your results - whats the count?) but we fell pregnant twice on our own, one miscarriage and then DD. We went through IVF for this pregnancy and had to use PICSI due to the poor quality sperm (we also had DNA fragmentation - I recommend getting the Halo test to check this).

    There's always hope, talk to your fertility specialist and don't hesitate to go to IVF sooner rather than later if you want a big family. Success rates are really high, especially of your wife has no fertility issues.

    Good luck.

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    Which supplements in particular work well?

    Also, is IVF as expensive as the television says? I have heard it can cost several 10s of thousands of dollars (which unfortunately is out of our current financial reach)

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    I have no experience in sperm results or ivf. But we did do a semen analysis. Everything was good but still made him have about 15mg zinc a day, 40mg of vitamin c from fruit, 400mcg of folate

    How many days did you abstain for b4 doing the sample?
    From what I have looked into in the past, ivf is around $1700 for 1st round after getting money back from Medicare
    And around $1000 for subsequent cycles after getting money back
    This is public so it's a bit cheaper.
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    Our clinic put DH on menevit (they sold it to clients at cheap prices), they said it may or may not help, but can't hurt.

    There are some really knowledgable people here that could give you a great rundown of supplements, hopefully they see this. Otherwise do a search here or on Google.

    IVF costs depend on what type of cycle you need to do and varies quite a lot between clinics. Medicare covers a huge chunk of it which helps. Our cycles were around $7,500 each (frozen transfers are cheaper because your wife won't have to do all the meds and an egg collection, provided you get some spares in your first round - which we never did, so it was full stim cycles for us each time). Medicare covered $6k so we were out of pocket roughly $1500 per cycle. A friend of mine is going through one of the more expensive clinics and will be out of pocket at least $4-5k for a full stim cycle. I think that's crazy, but she had no luck at her previous clinic.

    Hope that helps.

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    I can't help with the supplements sorry, but I agree with previous posters about going to IVF sooner rather than later. You have a much higher chance of success (especially using ICSI) if you're only dealing with male issues as opposed to a couple who are also dealing with female factors. I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant from our first ever IVF/ICSI cycle. Obviously not everyone is lucky enough for it to work first time, but they said we had better odds because there were no issues with me.

    We had to pay about $8k upfront to the clinic for everything in our first stim cycle, but after medicare rebates and what our PHI covers we were out of pocket a little under $3k for the cycle. If you don't have a PHI policy which covers fertility treatment you may want to look into that ASAP as the waiting period is 12 months. They cover things like theatre and anaesthetist fees for when you do egg pick ups and transfers which you would have to pay out of pocket without insurance - I think it was another $1.5k worth at our clinic.

    For us, they were able to get some usable sperm from a standard collection from DH, but if you need surgical extraction this can cost quite a bit. Judging from your SA though it sounds like you won't need that if your results stay the same or continue to improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazza78 View Post
    I have no experience in sperm results or ivf. But we did do a semen analysis. Everything was good but still made him have about 15mg zinc a day, 40mg of vitamin c from fruit, 400mcg of folate

    How many days did you abstain for b4 doing the sample?
    From what I have looked into in the past, ivf is around $1700 for 1st round after getting money back from Medicare
    And around $1000 for subsequent cycles after getting money back
    This is public so it's a bit cheaper.
    1st sample was taken from a condom after sexual intercourse
    2nd sample we abstained for 3 days.

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    When DH had his done he was told to abstain for 4 days. Agree with others, get on zinc.

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    I'll reply in much more detail later but I believe the Zoloft will be having a bad effect on your results. My dh is the same as you and had to come off his medication in order for us to conceived our second bub. He wasn't on any anxiety meds before our first. We still required ivf for both our babies and he was also on a heap of supplements which helped bring his levels from a count of <1 (yes, that's how the ridiculous pathology places write zero!) right up to a count of around 15 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicole83 View Post
    I'll reply in much more detail later but I believe the Zoloft will be having a bad effect on your results. My dh is the same as you and had to come off his medication in order for us to conceived our second bub. He wasn't on any anxiety meds before our first. We still required ivf for both our babies and he was also on a heap of supplements which helped bring his levels from a count of <1 (yes, that's how the ridiculous pathology places write zero!) right up to a count of around 15 million.
    Nicole, did you say your DH went from zero to 15 mil? That's awesome! DH has azoo & we're going to cycle again to try for number 2; he'd love not to have to go through the surgery again. I'd love to know what your DH was on taking to improve his count. TIA.


 

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