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18-05-2011 12:50 #1
Poor morphology - what's our options?
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23-05-2011 12:33 #2
We had the same problem 5 years ago. We were told that it would be a 'miracle' if we got pregnant naturally as DH morphology was similar (if i can remember correctly it was < 2 also)
Now i dont want to get your hopes up but i went and bought a MaybeBaby Ovulation kit that day .. Spat EVERY morning and DH started taking vitamins, stopped drinking and within 3 months we were preggers...sadly, we lost that bub.
After that - we took a break from TTC - went out, got very drunk, checked into a hotel and....the rest is history
as you can see from my sig..we havent really had any problems..
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23-05-2011 13:19 #3
Normal morphology is only 5% ..... so while its low, its not the worlds worst results by any means.
And remember - that a normal sperm sample contains in excess of 20 or 30 MILLION sperm - so 2% still equals 400,000 possible babies. It only takes 1 sperm!!!!
Realistically - take vitamens, take menevit, get hubby to eat a healthy diet and moderate excercise. Drink only in moderation and give up smoking if he smokes. Use ovulation predictors to time when you are ovulating, and keep trying.
You will be surprised as to how much of a difference a basic healthy lifestyle can make to the quality of sperm ... and some basic timing you should be right.
If for whatever reason this doesnt work out, then IUI (Intra uterine insemination) is a good option for you. Basically you time when you are due to ovulate, and as soon as you o ... hubby gives a sperm sample, which is sorted to only use the good sperm, and inseminated. If its not good - they may freeze a number of samples, so that they build up a large sample of good active sperm to use.....
24-05-2011 08:48 #4Senior Member
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We have the same issue, 3% morphology, get him on menevit, this has improved alot of aspects of dh SA.
Icsi is recommended over iui when it comes to morphology, also they will do a scan to check for blockages and any problems
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24-05-2011 12:25 #5
also remember sperm production takes 90 odd days ... so you need to have made the changes for abotu 4 months before you see any kind of results.
How long have you been trying?
It is so hard and oh-so-very frustrating and heartbreaking.
25-05-2011 12:31 #6Senior Member
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That's ok we also just had a DNA fragmentation test done though thankfully that came back ok, cost about $300 but it's good to rule it out before doing a lot of cycles.
I don't think menevit really improved his morphology but his count and that is even better (wasn't bad to start with) we have cut out coffee and alcohol and a lot of sugar, mostly he eats stuff we have made from scratch not all the processed stuff, wears boxers drinks green tea, find stuff full of antioxidants (like the cereals and stuff) goji berries are good too
27-05-2011 21:33 #7
Hi there Cherished.
Here it is. Forget the next 6 months. Call the next 6 months 'prep time'. Tell hubby to give up grog. Give up smokes. Take it easy on the caffeine too. Get a whole lot of exercise. See the GP too. 6 months may not be long enough for a lifetime of neglect, but it's a start. Eat right...not just better, but eat right. And here is a huge factor. You must keep the stress levels under control. Must, must, must. Stress is a monumental factor. Stress kills animals and can help to keeps us childless. Jocks or baggy shorts. No. Rubbish. No difference. The places you can make in-roads is diet, health, stress, and positivity. Keep these within your control, and you will make in-roads.
If you need IVF, well go for it. My morphology was poor too. I was 46 when we began. I was very healthy, didn't smoke, drank bugger all and we both remained positive through out....mostly. Were we luckier that some? Maybe. But we still rolled the dice with the best odds we could muster.
You guys need to muster together the best odds for you both too. Start now. Really, start now preparing yourselves. Give it 6 months then go for it. Only then. After 6 months of genuine 'get yourselves into shape' time.
Good luck. I just know you can do it.
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31-05-2011 20:11 #8
You are so welcome Cherished.
Go into this 'conception' mine field fully prepared mentally and physically. Follow the advice of your specialist and take really good care of yourselves and just as importantly, each other. I know it’s hard to remain 'romantic' when sex becomes a timed event in sync with ovulation....but if that's what it takes...so be it. Just because its a little less spontaneous than it once was doesn't have to mean its lost its passion. This is when you both need to be a little creative if that helps. I'll leave that up to you guys. I'm sure you can both think of something fun and creative.
If down the track a bit and things still aren't working out, be kind to yourselves and perhaps plan a weekend away to help in rekindling the passion and recharge those batteries. It's very easy to get worn down and despondent when things aren't going to plan. Acknowledge your difficulties, talk about them together again and then revisit your initial plan and continue. Draw strength from each other and perhaps make use of the councillors that are available in all reproduction hospitals departments and clinics. They are there especially for us that have or are struggling to conceive.
Totally good vibes to you both.
31-05-2011 22:58 #9
DH had subnormal morphology too. Our FS recommended an acupuncturist who suggested the lifestyle recommendations mentioned already, plus he had his own multivitamin and other herb blends to take. The FS also said to only DTD every second day (even though DH's numbers were normal). DH loved one of the acupuncturists blends so much he still takes it - gets a great nights sleep apparently. Anyhow, we fell with DS2 while on a holiday and DTD more than on our honeymoon - up to 3x per night. And now we have fallen again - we were open to the idea but definitely not 'trying'. Feel free to pm me if you want details of the acupuncturist - he is in Brisbane. Its worth having a read of his website if nothing else.
29-08-2011 17:46 #10
Cherished, we're in a similar situation. Been ttc for what seems like AGES and thinking that there must've been something wrong with me. DH had a sperm analysis which has come back incredibly low - only 2million sperm count (should be at least 20) and morphology of 3. He has started visiting naturopath - turns out he has little to no zinc in his system, which is essential for sperm production. Also visiting chiropractor as I've read that can help as well. I'm visiting gyno / fs on Friday (first appointment!!) and looking forward to hearing what he suggests. DH visited a doctor to get his results and he said to head straight for ICSI. He went to another doctor who said we needed to wait at least 3-6 months before making any decisions like that and there's a few options that they could try in the meantime. DH is getting another test in november, so trying everything possible between now and then.
Cherished, I'd be really keen to follow how you guys are going with things and what advice you are given. I'll let you know what the gyno advises me on Friday.
Take care lovey ladies!
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