We also have male factor. After 3 years of ttc and varying semen analysis we finally discovered my dh has antisperm antibodies. We were told our only option was ivf with icsi and that anything else, including iui, would only give us a 1 digit chance. We had already had 2 failed iuis. He had a very high percentage of antibodies though (95%).
So here we are 6 months later still waiting to finish this ivf cycle! And I should mention we both said we would never do ivf. But things change when all your options are taken away...
Lanet, you will have you let us know how you get on with the IVF! Sending you tonnes of good luck
An update on me.. I had my HSG a couple of days ago. My tubes were both clear and everything looked fine so that's good! We're just waiting on the end of the month now to see our consultant to discuss what the next option for us is xx
We are about 17months into TTC and everything has come back clear on me (labs, u/s, HSG) but two SAs comfirmed we have low sperm (18 & 15 mil) and low motility. This will be our 1st baby. OH has just started the FA with both boosts for motility and count. I also decided to take fertilecm.
We'll pursue IUI once we move (thinking of going to Seattle or Portland in the new year). Right now doing IUI would consist of flying to and from another island multiple times and thats a bit too spendy.
Sorry about the issues you are dealing with but your OHs count is not much below what is considered 'ok/normal' so I am sure the FA will work great for you! My DH has a count of 4 mill so we are really needing a miracle from the FA!! Here's hoping you get your BFP soon and don't need to go down the IUI route!!
Hi ladies, my DH and I have been ttc for 4 months and this month we decided to get his sperm analyzed results are 10mil and 40 percent mobility. The doc said for his age it should 39mil and 80 percent. So it's pretty low. He also said that the chances are low for pregnancy naturally. I'm trying to stay positive. I do feel like a weight off my shoulders because of the fact that is not me, every month I got my af I felt like what is wrong with me. Now I know it's the sperm.
I'm hoping we all get pregnant soon.
I think I've found a pretty good forum!
Congrats on the BFP as well
My Dh and I have been TTCing for 2.5 years.. gosh it seems like an insane amount of time! We are both 29 years old. A year into our journey with no success, we both got checked out. I had everything come back normal and DH's results came back with low count and motility 12 million/ml and 30% motility. We put DH on Fertilaid and 3 months later his results came back even lower - 13 million/ml and 15% motility. We were told IVF was our only option.
Going to a urologist was our next plan, even though the fertility clinic we were with didn't recommend it. We went and a small varicocele was discovered. My DH had surgery one year ago and 3 months later his results went to 20 million/ml and 70% motility - we were ecstatic (and this was with a grade I varicocele).
4 months after the good results (7 months after surgery) he had another SA. Unfortunately again the results went down. Count stayed up 18 million/ml but motility plummeted to 20%. We were and still are so confused as to how that can happen. But we are told that motility always changes especially with a bad day.
We are now seeing a top urologist in Toronto and running all sorts of tests that we will get the results for in about 2 weeks.
One NEW thing we are trying is ICING THE BOYS lol. I have read many medical journals that discuss how important keeping the testicles cool is - and my DH is like a heater, always boiling hot. I'd like to think that this is really helping and I'll tell you why.
We starting icing 2 weeks before our 2nd IUI and just to give you some reference, our first IUI's results were 100 k sperm with 0% motility post-wash. That IUI was done while on the Fertilaid. With our 2nd IUI that was done in May after the 2 weeks of icing, the post-wash numbers were 6 million motile sperm or 12 million with 50% motility.
We are going to go for our 3nd IUI next month and then it will be 3 months of icing, so we'll see if it really has made a difference.
We tried icing a few times but never stuck to it, my OH runs HOT all the time too. How often did you guys ice? I was worried that direct cold would just do the opposite of what we were used to...freeze the swimmers instead of the usual boil. So I started working on bringing his overall core down...giving him tylenol (like when you have a fever) and putting the cooling pad on his neck and underarms.
I actually bought some scrotal patches that were supposed to cool the boys but once I got them he refused to use them because they smelled like menthol lol
My hubby was a little hesitant at first to do the icing, I remember bringing it up a year ago and he wasn't interested. When I said I was ready to do IVF, he really wanted to give IUI #2 a shot. I told him that he would have to do everything in his power to get good results, like no drinking, eat right, exercise AND do the icing. He agreed and we only had like 3 weeks before the IUI. Now this is going to be way TMI but ever since he agreed to do the icing (it's been about 9 weeks now) I have seriously been like his nurse.
I read that it should be done 2x a day but minimum 1x a day and ranging from at least 20 min up to an hour. So we split it into morning and night. Because I get up for work an hour earlier than him, I would go downstairs, wrap an icepack in a paper towel, put it directly on the boys, and put a pillow over top so it doesn't move. And he would be dead asleep! He knew I did this in the mornings but wouldn't wake up when I did it.
Then when he comes home, he does it himself, he sometimes needs a little reminder. You're going to think this is so strange but him and I are so close where if he's just sitting around in boxers I'll just cop a feel and be like "you need to ice those!" and then he will. Because he saw how much the second IUI's numbers improved, he is now committed to doing the icing 2x a day, every day. I tell him that if he misses a couple days, the whole 2 months was pointless (whether this is true or not who knows but it makes him stick with it).
In terms of it having an adverse effect, I haven't read anything about that. In fact, taking ice cold baths was common apparently during Ancient Roman Times to increase testosterone so the men would be amped up before a big fight. Just in case, I always wrap up the icepack in a paper towel rather than putting it on directly - it should feel very cold but not freezing. If your husband is completely against it, another place for him to keep cold is his feet - that's where we carry a lot of our heat and that should cool his body down as well. But if he's willing to take Tylenol, he should be willing to use an icepack as it's all natural.
So that's how we do it! How long have you been TTCing and what's your story?
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