Update: We finally have some answers

So.... I'm not going to lie.... today was a very hard appointment and I'm a little discouraged. I spoke with someone in my RE's office (not my actual RE, but I think she was a CNA). We talked about Clomid, and as we were discussing it I asked if she knew the results of my DH's SA yet. She said she would go check. She came back and went over the numbers with me.......... and his count and motility are low. The normal count is anywhere from 20-200 million and DH's was 3.2 million..... and motility is normally over 40% and DH's was at 25%. She talked about IUI.... but our insurance doesn't cover it and that would be $600 out of pocket per month.... :( I've been crying all morning and just need to vent or get advice on anyone else going through this. I guess I'm just surprised because I assumed it was something wrong with me. Turns out I'm perfectly fine and DH has the problem.... and I know all about my health and that but know nothing about male sperm count issues. Does anyone have any advice or thoughts??? I want to try a few rounds of Clomid.... hopefully that will help produce more follicles which would still increase our chances of conception since DH's sperm would have more than one follicle to implant.... Sorry for the long rant I just need some advice :( I'm devastated and don't know what else I can do.
Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:56 am
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Oh, Kristen...I'm so sorry for that news. I can't imagine how difficult this is for you both. I have heard (Murph maybe?) say that a second test should be done because there are all kinds of variables that can affect a SA. Also, I know that lifestyle choices like eating healthy, exercise, alcohol consumption/smoking, and temperature can all affect it. Good luck, hopefully your doctor can help offer some solutions! 

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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Kristen, I am so sorry sweetie! Since it wasn't what you expected to hear, I'm sure it is that much harder to digest. I have never been in your position, but I think your DH will need a lot of support & love for you. I think guys take that kind of thing really hard, in a different way than women would. I agree with littlebit, murph said to get a second test, since her DH's second one came back good (the first wasn't). In terms of IUI, I think murph and (ack! I know her FB name but can't remember her PW name, PM me if you want it) both did IUI successfully. I noticed the Natural Fertility site has different supplements to aid with sperm. I think your DH has already made changes, but maybe completely cut him off alcohol. Lukewarm showers. I've also heard protein is very important for men - at least one high protein yogurt a day. Does he take a good multivitamin daily? Apparently vitamin C (good quality, of course) also aids. But this is what the RE is also here to help you with, so you're in good hands :-)
Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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Hey Kristen, So sorry for that news, I am sending hugs your way and saying a prayer for you... however that is not totally bad news, there are things your DH can do to improve his mobility, I have read great things about the fertilaid for men, it's natural supplements, take 3 pills a day, google it, I have read a ton of success stories on it, I think it will be worth a try.
Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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I can imagine how devestating that was to hear, hugs to you. But I think there is some great advice here about getting a second test, fertilaid and all of Winterbride's suggestions. This will happen for you one way or another, don't start doubting that now!

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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 Hi Kristen ~ how are you and your DH doing today? Big hugs to you both. It's a new day with new possibilities :-)

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:49 am
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 Kristen - there is a supplement that my DH takes that may have impacted his SA numbers - but positively.  If you remember, all his numbers were almost double the norm - total volume in , count per ml, motility %, morphology % - it was ridiculous and the dr said she'd never seen numbers like it before.

It is simply L-Arginine, an amino acid, and he gets it at GNC.  I know from research it takes approx. 60-70 days for new sperm to be created from scratch.  If you can get him started on it, you might try retesting in 90 days?  Check with his DR before starting anything, but I wanted to share something that he takes for something else that may have boosted him without meaning to!

 

*HUGS*

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
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 DH and I are going through the exact same thing! I just had my HSG test and everything was fine with me. He goes back for another SA soon and to meet with a male infertility specialist soon. He will either be treated for his low sperm count or we will start with IUI and me on clomid. You aren't alone! I know how you feel but it's nice to finally have answers. 

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 am
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 Sorry Kristen about that news. I would say have the husband start working out, Drink more water, look into fertility Blend. Also I have read that Clomid helps men as well. If you research some vitamins that might help I think that may be a good Start. Good luck hun!!!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
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 Oh Kristen, I am so sorry to hear this!!!! I think these ladies have all given you some great suggestions and adivce - I am going to search some evidence based articles tonight and see if I can come across some information that you might like to read! As sad as this news is, at least you guys are now started down a path where you know what needs to be addressed and you can start taking steps in the right direction. I am sending so much love to you and your DH!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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Same here!

DHs sperm count and motility are very low. He has varicocele and he will have to have surgery to fix it. They told us that fixing the varicocele will increase his sperm count for sure but for the motility no one can tell us. 

The 25% you said is the overall or the strong forward one? There are 4 gradations in motility. In ours the overall is 50% but the "strong forward" is a big fat ZERO. And that is our problem.

BUT It's posible that you have 25% overall but those that are moblie are good! 

We have appointments with both gynecologist and urologist to get a second opinions from both specialties.

Has your husband seen a urologist? Varicocele is a very common problem in men and it is responsible for male infertility problems.

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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