Sperm Q

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AmaSmith - May 18

My DH has a low sperm count ... does anyone have any experiences or suggestions on how to handle that. DH was married before and had his counts tested then. His first wife didn't really want children so they didn't ever do much about it. I'm just curious to know if there is something we/he can do. He has within the last 6 months lost about 70lbs and is eating great. BTW the sperm count tests he had were at least, or maybe more than 5 or so years ago and he doesn't want to get it tested again. He fears that they will tell him that he is infertile. Any tips, suggestions, and ideas are welcomed and appreciated. :) *+*+* Baby Dust To All *+*+*

 

olivia - May 18

Hi. First you need to know what you are dealing with, how low was it, did he at least have some good sperm etc. The only treatment that really has been known to work is accupuncture, but if you can't get him to get retested I doubt you'll talk him into accupuncture! Did they tell him he was infertile once? It will in all likelyhood mean a trip to doctor again for him. If you really want a baby, and he does have some good sperm, they can do IUI, which is basically inseminate you with the his good stuff (they spin it down and the good sperm go to the top and are then inseminated). I am very sorry you have to go through this. I have a very close friend who is going through it now. She is on her first round of invitro. They have been ttc for 3 years now. The good news is that in most cases male infertility is easier work with than female infertility. So keep him on the good diet, out of hottubs, and accupuncture if you can get him to go! Keep in mind it takes about 3 months of doing something before it will effect his sperm. Best wishes to you guys. Male infertility seems so hard because unlike women, men just won't talk about it! Good luck to you.

 

AmaSmith - May 18

Thank you for your responce. He tells me that the Dr. told him that a sperm count of 9,000 means infertility and he said that is count is 13,000. So, I'm guessing that means he has SOME good stuff. He didn't say the Dr. said he was infertile but he fears that they would. It's kinda like my recent situation, I just recently started seeing the gyno ... I didn't go for several years out of fear that they would tell me that I had cancer or that I couldn't have children. Instead of thinking 'hey, if I go then they can tell me and we can treat it' I just thought 'hey, i don't wanna know' ... if that makes any sense at all. :) My gyno knows about the low count but wants me to try Clomid for a few cycles and then try and talk DH into testing again. I am currently on CD13 with - opks today and yesterday. I am though having a little bit of cramping now as well. I kinda went into a blaber there ... let me know what you think about the sperm counts though. THANKS AGAIN!!

 

olivia - May 18

It sounds like your gyno is on the right track. The clomid will make it easier to get pregnant and give you the best chance without knowing for sure what you are dealing with. The count numbers you can't really go on because there is a sperm quality issue too. But if he has some good sperm chances are you can get pregnant. It might take a little longer than you'd like but hopefully it will all work out. I think we all play those "don't want to know" games. i am not sure why we think it is easier not knowing -- when in the end it always seems easier when we do know what's on the table. If it makes dh feel any better I doubt his count would be any worse. Chances are it would be the same or right around the same. Can he call the doctor that did the tests 5 years ago and have those sent to your doctor? That might help you gain some of the info he had at the time.

 

AmaSmith - May 18

Calling the Dr sounds like a good idea ... thanks Olivia!!

 

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