(Closed) Low to no sperm count…how should we proceed

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
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1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We used these specialized condoms for collecting at least 4 or 5 semen samples. Our lab/doctor wasn’t a fan initially because they had never heard of it before, but we went ahead using it anyways and now they don’t mind. It’s a special non-spermicidal condom for collection. It’s a little pricy but very worth it (similar to the review on Amazon, we did find it fairly small fitting on Darling Husband but it worked). We ended up just using a sterile pair of scissors to snip the end and put the sample into a sterile collection container afterwards to transport to the lab. Here are two places you can buy them: http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com/semen-collection-condom.html
http://www.amazon.com/Male-Factor-Pak-Semen-Collection-Condom/dp/B006U11G06

Hope that helps!

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

AnonTTC:  If it is determined that he has a low count, have you discussed whether it’s worth looking into IUI?  It’s usually a pretty inexpensive option and it’s not as invasive as other forms of IVF.

Is the lack of cum a new thing or has he always been that way?  If it’s a new thing then he should get it checked out ASAP.  Either way, has he seen a urologist for this issue?  A urologist can diagnose and treat retrograde ejaculation.  I used to work for one and he worked in tandem with a fertility clinic for situations just like this one.  We would test the male partner’s sperm (ask for a doctor that will look at it themselves if that’s an option) and send out their blood for hormone levels.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

AnonTTC:  Maybe a trip to a fertility counselor will help him feel better about the issue and open up more?  It’s  tough issue to deal with, esepcailly if he thinks that he’s the one with the issue preventing pregnancy.

Post # 21
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116 posts
Blushing bee

AnonTTC:  Hey there…I’m sort of in the same situation as you with low semen volume (<=1 ml). What did come out had good counts (70 million) and motility but average morphology (7%). We were told that as far as something comes out and has a decent sperm count, volume is not even an issue. We are onto out 7th month of TTC and I’m getting a bit concerned here. I’m curious if your husband did have a confirmed diagnosis with retrograde ejaculation. If so, how did they go about figuring it out? My husband has been drinking tons of water and FertilityBlend as advised by our GP. We’ll retest in a bit. I’ll update you then. Hope things work out well for both us!

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Need to vent out on an extreme urgent basis:

 

If there is anyone going through double trouble: PCOS and also issues with Darling Husband sperm count etc PLEASE PM me :(

two and a half years of just trying for a baby! and in less than one day I hear about two babies. One of my friends just had a baby girl yesterday. She has two boys already. Her marriage is awful with the husband beating her whenever he wants but she still loves him too much to leave him and now I just saw the pictures of the new baby on FB with comments like congrats your family is completed. Argh :@ Don’t get me wrong, but with a drunkard abusive husband who also happens to be the chain smoker, I keep on wondering why my non-drinking, non-smoking Darling Husband had to be the one with zero rapid sperm :( I’ve already had some great cycles with amazing O and 2-3 healthy eggs atleast 6-8 times since we’ve been trying and it just breaks my heart :(

Moving on, a cousin of mine is also expecting. She already has two daughters and now she wants a boy! She’s pretty overweight and has been TTC for this one for atleast quite a while. Although she didnt even tell me directly but I found out through my sister. I kept on thinking that people CHOOSE to have kids and want a SPECIFIC gender either a boy or a girl to COMPLETE their families. And here I’m being so agitated and totally desperate to have ONE baby be it a boy or a girl. What kind of justice is this

 

having an emotional meltdown :(

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Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

AnonTTC:  sending lots of hugs your way. Intially, we didn’t know DH’s zero rapid sperm. The regular sperm tests arent so elaborate apparently. Two years ago, we found out that he has low sperm count and he took alot of meds to get the count up. Things looked better for us last year. We already had consulted a fertility clinic that surprisingly told us we both are normal and should not really have to go for anything at all. But we wanted to give IUI a try. 1. it’s not that expensive. 2. We thought it would probably give us the result we wanted. But just a few days before our IUI, we had a stand-off with one of the ultrasonologists who did my TVS and told me that my eggs were of wrong size, we eventually found that she was wrong so we decided to move to another fertility clinic which is where everything changed for us. On the day of our IUI, the clinic took my husband’s sample and after an hour they told us we are not eligible for the procedure as he had zero rapid sperm. All this happened, a day before my birthday ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

 

Heart breaking!!!!

 

They put my husband on Proxeed Plus and some other supplements. Even a month later, his reports were same and then we were told we should try ICSI. But we don’t have that much to spend at the moment and there is no such thing as any medical insurance to help us cover expenses ( not a thing in my country).

No urologists are giving us any kind of hope. We’ve kind of moved on to homeopathic medication to see if it works for my husband.

I know what you mean by cutting a wedge in the marriage. It’s really hard for both of us and honestly sometimes I wonder why I’m sticking out with the possibility of not ever having a child with him but then I think that I’m going to pull through and I love him so much that I cant bear not to have him with me ๐Ÿ™

I hate all those highly abnormal couples who keep on popping babies on a regular basis…argh! and then those questions about when we’d have one of our own. I dont get people, they expect you to tell them your problems related to TTCing…really annoys me.

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