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    Default Very low sperm count... now what??

    DH just received his test results back, and it came back with a sperm
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    Has anyone has this happen with their partner?

    Do we still have a chance?
    Does anyone have info on treatments, timeframes.. etc..
    any info would be greatly appreciated!
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    My DH had a very low count, poor mobility and high deformity. We did eventually conceive naturally, took 10 years though.

    There are many options with IVF still. Improving diet, quitting smoking and reducing drinking, boxers instead of briefs, etc. All this can help increase your chances but, the effects of living better can take several months to show.

    I also know of others that have fallen pregnant relatively easy after finding their DH having a low count. Good luck and I'll for you.

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    hello!

    thank-you for the info.

    Im absolutely shattered now that ive had time to think about it.. cant imagine how he's feeling!

    Do you mind if i ask.. is your DH a smoker, under/ overweight?
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    DH is a smoker and coffee drinker (a lot of coffee). He's not overweight and it doesn't run in his family, as far as we know. He was injured, in that area, as a teenager. He was never tested for any blockages though.

    His habits had changed a few months before we fell pregnant but, he'd tried different things over the years aswell. We're not really sure why it eventually happened for us and the doctors have said "it sometimes falls into place".

    We do not have the best specialists in my area. I had every test that they could think of (all showing nothing with me), was ovulating, his results came back as poor but, our FS still focussed on me over the years. Do your own research on low sperm count and bring them up with your FS. There are more options out there than a lot of specialists will bring up.

    Regarding your DH's emotions to this, mine hid his for a very long time. He would put effort in on occassion and then give up again. I thought he just wasn't that interested in having a baby, not so. He eventually let me know that he felt guilt, fear, anger, etc. It's not as easy for them as some may think. I would recommend, supporting him (of course), letting him know that you don't blame/resent him, doing the research and bringing him all of his options. Most of all, try not to pressure him into anything. I would get frustrated at times and try to force DH to change his eating habits, quit smoking, etc. All it did was set me back longer (he can be quite stubborn ).

    We were young and naive when we started this process, good luck and don't give up. With the right specialists, research, etc, I believe that you will do much better than us and have your precious little bundle to hold.

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    Hi there

    My DH was diagnosed with low count and motility. He is slightly overweight but doesn't drink much or smoke. When he was tested, I also had the normal GP blood tests which were all good. DH was willing to consider IVF but as an absolute last resort and did really struggle with the concept. So first we tried losing weight, boxers, supplements you name it and all the while time was ticking away. By the time we got to the IVF clinic and they did more in depth tests, we found out that my ovarian reserve was very low for someone my age (I was 32 and my results were what they would expect of someone close to 40!) even though the GP tests (progesterone levels etc) were good. We also found out that no amount of diet, natural therapies etc would have worked because DHs problem was physiological not environmental (natural changes will only work when environmental). We were advised that we had an uphill battle ahead of us. One good thing that came out of us both having issues was that DH relaxed a lot more and stopped taking on all of the blame, even though I never blamed him or resented him he struggled a lot with the situation. Anyway my advice would be sure, make healthy changes and explore natural remedies but I would visit a fertility clinic first and have the in depth testing done on both sides so you can then make informed decisions on which way you want to proceed and how long you want to wait before seeking intervention (if necessary - there are lots of success stories about improving sperm quality and quantity naturally under the right cirucmstances). On the plus side for us, even though the odds were against us we fell pregnant on our second IVF (ICSI) cycle and we are due in Jan next year


 

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