I will state facts up front for ease of readability. Hope format is ok!
*Male: 35 years, healthy.
*Female: 32 years, healthy. Hormone blood test checked out OK.
*Irregular menstrual cycle; last one was 46 days, before that 42, Before that 28. No period for 9 months prior (after stopping the pill).
* Sperm Test - 2.2 Millionl/ml. The doctor said sperm exhibited 'low motility'.
We have moved to the Netherlands (for 2 years, wife is on secondment) and the medical system here is quite different and very frustrating. They take a non interventionist approach to health issues. Had to press for a sperm test and the only info I have (besides a print out of the sperm test, in Dutch) is what the Doc told me: "Low sperm motility. The sperm is there, but it cannot swim." Everything on the test is within range, except for
'Func. sperma conc: 2.2 <13/-"
I assume this is 2.2 million/ml... He wouldn't tell me anything else. I have to take another sperm test before he will refer me to a Urologist, which he said will take months before I can get an appointment.
They will not provide a referral to a fertility doctor unless we have been trying for 1.5 years.
I do not know what to do. I am going to start Vitamins (Selenium, Vitc, B12, Zinc, Vit-E, Q-10, L-Carnitine) & slow down on the booze.
We are very frightened because the access to healthcare here is terrible. We are afraid that my dodgy sperm will delay any chances we have had and the doctors don't tell you anything. I don;t even really know what is exactly wrong with them! Motility, number, shape?? I asked but he just gave me a print out, despite my requests for more info. The language barrier doesn't help, but fortunately the Dutch are excellent at English.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all kindly.