(Closed) Experience with male factors?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t have any experience but I wanted to bump this for you and maybe some other ladies will respond. 

Wishing you the best of luck!!!

Post # 4
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@nyckitten:  IVF (potentially with ICSI) will hopefully help, since they’ll screen for the BEST of his sperm, before fertilising your eggs. But yes, it’s a pricey option.

I don’t know much about the surgery, but it’s worth looking into! Good luck!

Post # 5
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

I too don’t know much about varicoceles. I personally think the surgery is a good idea, but would be devastated for you if you needed to do IVF on top of that. This is a tough one! They talk about it on these two threads…


Anyone’s SO have varicocele surgery?

The IVF Thread

Post # 6
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We found out that we have MFI but since we are older we will go to IVF if IUI doesn’t work.  I’ve already had 2 surgeries in the past year so we can’t wait another 3 months.  My gf had to successful IVF cycles because of MFI. I believe there’s a fellow Bee on the IF Board that Darling Husband had surgery but I don’t recall if it was successful.  You can also check out the Fertility Boards on inspire.com, I know there has been recent discussions about surgery vs. IVF.   

For IUI, most RE’s want min of 5 mil.  IVF on the other hand need less. 

Post # 7
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I don’t know anything about varicocele repair.  I did 5 IUIs (couldn’t afford IVF) with my ex-H.  He had what we were told was “borderline low sperm count.”  It was only 4 million.  So I guess that was probably too low from what PPs said.  By The Way it didn’t work once. 

Post # 9
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve heard that taking certain supplements can help a man’s sperm, too. Something to look into.

If you do decide to go the IVF route, I can answer any questions you may have. We did IVF (not for male factor, but tubal problems) and it worked. ICSI is the best for helping with male factor, since they take the very best sperm and penetrate the egg with those particular good sperm.

Sorry about the news. 🙁  I know you must be devastated as I was when I got bad fertility news, too. Hang in there and good luck making a decision!! 🙂

Edit: Yes, I would definitely repeat the test. My husband’s numbers changed (by about 10-20%) over a few months. So it is definitely worth repeating just to be sure before you move forward.

Post # 10
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

As Jenn suggested, supplements may help. (I’m very pro-supplements!) If you decide to do the repair surgery, they may really help, but like I said before it’s such a risk! Supplements that have been thought to help sperm count are:  Zinc&Folic acid combination, Royal Jelly, and Maca root.  

Here’s another thread that talks about it.


An quote from an I read recently:

Researchers found that the men with fertility problems who took 5 mg of folic acid a day and 66 mg of zinc sulfate a day for 26 weeks had a 74% increase in total normal sperm count and a minor (4%) increase in abnormal sperm count. No significant increases were found among the healthy men’s sperm counts. The study author says that’s most likely due to the greater variability in sperm count in these men compared with the men with infertility.


I like this site, but I feel like it kind of overpromises, but here’s a boatload of supplements on this article.  My husband and I both take Maca root.


Post # 11
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@nyckitten: Inspire.com is a great board.  Men also will reach out so I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t several threads.  Because many members will denote threads as “Members Only”, you can not find threads via Google.


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