DH's SA= only 6 million!!!

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Registered: 09-03-2008
DH's SA= only 6 million!!!
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 1:20pm

Hi ladies,

I just got the call from my doc that dh's SA results are in.

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Registered: 03-12-2009
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 1:28pm

Teresa H.


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Registered: 01-09-2009
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 2:18pm
when i read ur headline...i was like that sounds good 6 million...i really am naive when it comes to this i guess:) My hubby has not been tested yet...how long have u been trying before he was tested?
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Registered: 02-20-2009
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 3:10pm

Kate -


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Registered: 06-19-2008
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 10:07pm

Hi Kate-

My husband has a low sperm volume, which in essence means low sperm count since he hasn't had a lot of semen to get numbers from. There is good news and bad news about this. His numbers have been 44 million on his first try and 19 million at our first IUI. I know that doesn't sound low, but read below to see why.

Good news: Men's sperm counts can vary dramatically from SA to SA- if your Dh was sick 3 months ago when this sperm was created (it take 3 months to grow and mature) it could have killed off his sperm and caused a low sperm count and he might be back up to normal next test. Most RE's will not rely on just one sperm count to make any sort of diagnosis of male factor infertility. Also, it could be something like a variocele, which is a vein that is enlarged in the testes, which is good that your dh is going to see a urologist to rule it out. That can be treated with a simple surgery. There are vitamin "cocktails" you can put your DH on to help the situation- this is the one I put my Dh on and it worked for a girl on my board who had very low count/morphology to get a natural BFP and only 1 month after taking it:

GNC Mega Men multi vitamin, arginine (4 g (that is not a typo) ), Co enzyme Q10- 10mg, L carnitine 3-4g. this is all daily. It is expensive, it cost me about


Stick, little sprout, stick- in the right place!

Betas: 12dpo: 71; 14 dpo: 220! 18 dpo: 1446!!

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Registered: 01-13-2009
Sat, 04-11-2009 - 8:02pm


I don't frequent this board because I'm on the infertility support board.

After struggling with infertility, we welcomed our son Noah on March 18, 2010! Formerly a teacher, I am now a breastfeeding, babywearing, stay at home Mom, and I couldn't love it any more!
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Sat, 04-11-2009 - 10:34pm

Did your Dr talk about doing a follow-up SA? You'd be amazed at how much can change in 6 weeks! My DH's first SA showed that he had less than 1% normal sperm morphology. I cried about it for days, then decided that I would make an effort to change things rather than give up. I did my homework on what vitamins, supplements and diet changes would boost his sperm count and his production of healthy sperm. In addition to having him drink more water and eat more fruits and veggies, I started him on a daily vitamin regimen, and 6 weeks later his numbers were up into the low range of normal. Here's what I gave him:

Daily men's vitamin (capsules are better absorbed by the body than tablets)
A supplement called Sex Naturally from Vitamin Shoppe
Co-Enzyme Q10
Vitamin B12
Folic Acid

Good luck, and please remember that one test does not necessarily mean that your DH really has this problem. Definitely see the urologist, but try to stay positive!

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Registered: 07-20-2008
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 1:24pm
I just wanted to chime in on this as my dh had a vas. reversal and we've been through the ringer with his counts... the good news is that you have low count instead of low motility... motility is something you can't do much to improve, but count can be worked on.