Post # 1
My husband and I have been TTC for 6 months now. Although we are both only 24, we decided to have his sperm tested because we’ve known for several years that he had a stage 2 varicocele. We just got the results back:
Count – 289 million
Motility – 44%
Morphology – 7% (WHO)
His motility isn’t great, but his morphology is obviously our biggest concern (I have no known issues and ovulate regularly, fyi). The more I read about low morphology, the more discouraged I become. There is so much conflicting information online, I’m hoping to hear from someone who has firsthand experience with this. The knowledge that we likely won’t conceive naturally is really heart breaking it doesn’t help that my doctor delivered these results with no feedback and isn’t able to meet with us until over a month from now. I never thought we’d be in this position even with the varicocele, and I’m having a super hard time. I’ve read that our chances with IUI aren’t great with poor morphology, and I’m scared IVF is our only option. Am I overreacting? ANY info whatsoever would be really, really appreciated…
Post # 3
@caityeden: I am not sure what advice to give you, but be aware that the internet is full of information, and sometimes you will encounter all types of things. I would suggest to try and wait until you can see your doctor and ask for advice. Every situation is unique and must be handled that way. Try to make it a fun month to ttc. Sending positive vibes your way.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry you guys are going through this… Can you find another doctor? Dumping that news on you and making you wait a month to explain it is HORRIBLE.
Post # 5
@caityeden: My DH had somewhat similar results, good numbers, fine motility, poor morphology (only 2% normal by strict criteria). I was worried, but we ended up getting our BFP 2 weeks after we got the SA results! That was cycle 5 for us, and I’m now almost 24 weeks. Goes to show, it just takes one healthy swimmer to make a baby! The fact that there are sperm there is great news! My doc said the best way to help morphology was for DH to have healthier habits – it never applied to us, but the plan was for DH to start taking a multivitamin, get more exercise, and cut down on alcohol. If your DH smokes, if it’s possible for him to quit, that would help, too. Also, bike riding and hot tubs are to be avoided if I recall correctly. Good luck! Hopefully your BFP is coming soon!
Post # 6
@candy11: Thanks for the positive vibes!
@BrandNewBride: I’m going to try to schedule an appointment with a different doctor on Monday, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get an appointment with someone.
@bananasareyellow: Thanks for posting your story, that makes me feel better. I wish our lab had used the strict criteria as it seems to be more common and easier to find information on. Congrats on your BFP 🙂
Post # 7
@caityeden: I am not an expert at all, but do know a little bit because my husband also had a bad SA so I read a lot about it (his was worse though — basically 5% for everything and only 1 million or so sperm). I would be somewhat encouraged in your case because the sperm count is so high that even though the percent for morphology is low that still means that there are millions of morphologically normal sperm in each of your DH’s ejaculates. It would be great if you could talk to a male infertility specialist or a urologist specializing in fertility who could give you much better information than I can or the internet can. They can also counsel on whether they would advise repairing the varicocele. My husband had one that we had repaired (through a procedure called an emoblization, which is much less invasive than the traditional surgery). The evidence for varicocele repair and fertility seems pretty plus/minus to me…not super strong, but we figured we might as well give it a try. Your docs will know more. Good luck!
Post # 8
@nyckitten: Thanks for your reply. I’m deffinitely going to talk to the doctor about the varicocele surgery and see if it’s worth it for us. Hopefully it’ll be covered by our insurance!