(Closed) Help reading SA results?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hmm…I don’t think morphology was included in your test.  Did they do it in conjunction with an IUI?  They can’t do morphology when they’ll be using the sperm because the test kills them (I think).

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

Hmmm. I don’t see anything there that resembles morphology. Forward progression & activity would fall under the motility section (I assume?) but not sure about the others.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a biologist, I would think round cells (cell shape) and agglutination (sperm clumping) would be considered the morphology. 

That’s only my guess, though. I’m not doctor.

When I think of cell morphology, I think of shape, color, pattern and structure. Maybe they don’t look at color because it all looks the same?  IDK.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@bunny:  Is the round cell stat a percentage?  I think they like morphology to be somewhere around 11% (I didn’t look it up) but it’s commonly a lot lower than that too.  (My DH’s is 4%.)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@bunny:  Why have a value for something that is 0%?!  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@bunny:  That’s bizarre that they don’t include morphology.  We always had to do morphology when we did SAs in the hospital lab.  You basically look for if the sperm has two heads or two tails.  You make sure it’s oval with one tail.  And to be honest, most men’s sperm is only about 1/3 “normal” morphology.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@bunny:  Yes, the round cell number is good.  Basically it’s any round cell that’s not a sperm.  Round cells are usually white blood cells which could indicate an infection. 

One thing with morphology, they don’t know if that actually affects fertility.  I mean, one head with two tails and two heads with one tail can’t fertilize, but an abnormally shaped head might be able to.  They really don’t know.  So even if his morphology was off, that doesn’t mean that’s the reason for not getting pregnant.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@bunny:  Oh goodness!  I’m so sorry for all your stress.  I hope things start looking up for you soon.  Big hugs!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

It doesn’t look like Morphology was done on the hubs.  On ours it was the Kurger Strick Morphology rating- and it was a percentage.  This is a very strict test (anyting over 14% is good) and it is used mostly for IVF.  We haven’t met with the dr to find out more about what the Morphology score means.  I believe that Morphology is directly related to the Sperm’s ability to penetrate the egg- however the real specifics aren’t well known.

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