(Closed) DH has a low sperm count

posted 5 years ago in TTC
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Buzzing bee

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Lola_bride:  Sorry you got not-so-ideal news. How are his motility and morthology? Our RE said one can’t look at one number in isolation, need to look at all 3. I know that for IUI treatments, the threshhold is at least 5 million total motile sperm, meaning that if your hubby’s count is 9mil, but he has lets say 80% motility, than his total motile count is 80% of that 9 mil = 7.2 mil total motile, so IUI would be suggested and has good chance of working. If his motility is lets say 10% and 9 mil count – that would not be so good. Also, strict kruger morthology should be more that 4%. If his motility/morthology are really good, they compensate for low count numbers. Someone could have very high count, but very low motility and morthology, and that is just as bad (eventhough they have lots of swimmers, most of them are useless and can’t fertilize the egg). As I understand it, what matters is that overall total motile count is over 5 mil. (at least for IUI treatments, not sure about natural ttc)

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Buzzing bee

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Lola_bride:  I don’t think it is that bad than with 50% motility, you have right around 5 mil that can swim :-). You would be able to do IUI with those numbers, and all IUI does is place the swimmers closer to the uterus/tubes and times things perfectly than if trying naturally. Maybe if his counts do not significanly improve, you can try that. If you are doing mild ovulation drugs like Clomid and IUI, they are not that expensive (unless do injectibles, than costs are high). In my personal experience, no vitamins or supplements changed the results, but some other ladies improved their husbands counts with supplements. Also, the results vary significantly depending on how many days he abstained before providing the sample. Abstaining 1 day vs. 4 or 5 days can make a huge difference in count and motility numbers. Maybe he can re-do the sample with different number of “abstaining” days next time to see what his optimal range is.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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Lola_bride:  buy him vitamins. He meeds a multi vitamin and Zinc  (helps sperm production) and Folic acid (yes men need it too, for healthy sperm production) if he is smoking and drinking, he needs to cut it out. And needs to exersice regularly. And obviously reduce stress. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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Lola_bride:  Really sorry to hear about your husband’s count. I have PCOS and my DH has low sperm count that got better but he had motility issues. We tried everything from IUI to IVF, nothing worked. Last month, we got our BFP…naturally after 3.5 years of TTCing. Don’t give up…keep trying. Good luck.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My husband’s count was 1 million and I’m pregnant! They told us it would never happen, so it was the best surprise ever. Has your husband been checked out for varicoceles? It’s one of the most common reasons for infertility and low sperm count. My husband had his surgically repaired with the hope that we could get to the point to do IUI, but the surgeon wasn’t hopeful (as my husband has another health condition) it would make much of a difference. I guess it did! Don’t give up hope. 

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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Rabia:  OMG! Congratulations! So happy for you.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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KinkyOrange:  Thanks Hun 😀 …we always bum into each other I think I should add you on Fb 😉

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Helper bee

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ana2017:  Well said! Also have him “release” regularly, as in every 2 days to have healthy swimmers and start drinking a shot of ginseng daily. 

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