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SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby USCGWifey09 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:01 pm

Hey Ladies!
I have read many older posts on this site about what to do if an SA shows unfavorable results but I still had a few thoughts and questions. DH's results show low motility and morphology with a count of 21. All of his other numbers (liquification, pH, etc. were normal). According to all of my tests, I have nothing that should prevent pregnancy. I am meeting with a new doctor tomorrow so I will ask him these questions but I just can't wait that long. :-)
I know it is possible to still get pregnant with low numbers but I'm getting tired of waiting. I have 100% normal 28 day cycles with LH surge on day 13-14 of every cycle. We have BD'd in the fertile window every month since April of 2013 with no luck. With all of that being said, my questions are:
1) Do any of you know (or have you tried with success) ways to naturally bring SA numbers up?
2) Because he does have some good little swimmers and I appear to be normal, would we be good candidates for IUI? I assume I won't be put on any drug therapy if I am producing an egg every month.
3) Does anyone else have any experiences with poor SA results that they would like to share?

Thank you all for reading this post and for sharing any information or advice that you may have!
Keep your chin up! We are all here for each other!
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby jenn17 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:17 pm

Hi USCGWifey,

I'm sure some ladies have good ideas with helping to naturally improve SA numbers. I would say that you are probably a good candidate for IUI. They do a sperm wash before and take out the dead swimmers and semen, so it's easier for the strong, healthy ones to swim, and then they'll put them as close to your tubes as possible so they don't have a far to go to hit the "target." Lots of women on these boards have great success with IUI, and since you're been trying for over a year, I think that's a reasonable suggestion.
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby USCGWifey09 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:32 pm

Thanks for responding! Right after I posted this, I read another post that made me realize that I read the results wrong. Although some of his numbers are on the poor side of the good range, the only number that is actually low is motility (30%) so I guess it's not as bad as I thought. I actually didn't know that they weed out the bad sperm before IUI.
Thanks again for the info!
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby USCGWifey09 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:20 am

So I just got back from my dr and he said that although DH's motility was low and his count was borderline, he sees no reason (after reviewing my tests too) that we shouldn't have gotten prego yet. I have an ultrasound coming up in Nov as a follow up to my MRI and I have an HSG (as long as my insurance approves it) to be sheduled around that time too. Oh, and the last dr I spoke to said that in order to have an HSG you have to be on the pill for a month. I was going to fight that because I don't want to screw up my hormones for a month. This doctor said nothing of the sort, so I'm happy. He also said that if my HSG comes back normal I will FINALLY get a referral to an RE and probably consider IUI.
We're slowly making progress.
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby jenn17 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:14 am

That's great news! Good luck on your HSG. It isn't too bad. Just a little cramping.
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TTC #1 since Aug. 2013
March 2014-laparoscopy/hysteroscopy removed moderate endo and septum
5 failed IUIs
Moving on to IVF
July '14 IVF-"freeze all" due to high progesterone, 3 snowbabies in the freezer
3 FETs cancelled due to thin lining
1/27 -hysteroscopy/lap to remove functional cyst, endo
3/1-started stims for IVF#2
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby Reapage » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:55 pm

Great news! About the HSG... You dont have to be on bc before... Idk why the Dr. said that, but I am about to have an HSG and I have three friends who have done them... none of us on bcp. If you do IVF you have to be on bc for a month (in some instances).

Anyway I am glad that you got some good news are you are on the right track!! Hopefully you get a bfp before you ever need an HSG or anything else :)
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby USCGWifey09 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:34 pm

Thanks! I thought the bc thing before the HSG sounded fishy. I didn't care much for that doctor anyway so I'm glad my new doctor is better.
If I have to go on bc for IVF, I'll do it. Hopefully it doesn't come to it, but I will do it.
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby vanjust14 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:06 am

Hello! My DF has borderline low motility (51%) and low morph (2%). My RE wasn't as concerned with the morph as she was with the motility. Her recommendation was IUI. As another poster said, they "wash" the sperm to get only the good ones. In the meantime, he has been taking a vitamin everyday and switched from boxer briefs to boxers. He hasn't had a repeat SA done but they will do one the day of the IUI so we will know if the vitamins have helped. I heard Coq10 and maca root can also help sperm.

Good luck with the HSG and Re if you get to that point :)
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Re: SA Low Motility and Morphology

Postby USCGWifey09 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Thanks vanjust14! Thats kind of what I was thinking the future holds for us. He already takes a men's multi but I think I am going to talk to him about adding something else.

My fingers and toes are crossed for all of us infertility gals!
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