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Old 11-11-2003, 03:43 PM   #1
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are there any drugs to increase sperm count?

Please can anyone help me at all?
Me and my husband have been trying 2 and a half years for a baby and we have been for tests.
I have polycystic ovaries and my husband has a low sperm count.
I have been on clomid and it hasn't worked so the specialist has taken me off them.
We went for our appointment the other day and the specialist said how do we feel about going for ivf.We was really stunned at how quick he decided to go down this road with the ivf.
Surely we thought to ourselves there must be some drugs to try to increase my husbands sperm count and give that a try first.
He has been taking zinc and folic acid but the specialist said it has never been proven that these work.
Do any of you know of a drug that has been proven to work to increase sperm count or is there a website you can recomend to look on for tablets.
We are so desperate now.
please any advice would be great.
Thank you.
clarelouise.

 
Old 11-11-2003, 05:57 PM   #2
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Read the book Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I know strange answer but I will explain. There is a section in there about male infertility and it covers all the tests that should be done. There are ways to increase the count but none of them are for sure. He can use clomid but be aware the side effects might not be worth it. It can even shut down sperm production totally. You need to find out why he has a low count. There are many reasons and depending on the reason depends on the course of treatment. Like if he has a varicole he can have surgery to fix that and that can increase his count. And the list goes on. Read the info at the following posts.

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65667[/url]

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65341[/url]

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65601[/url]
Those are a few old posts that might have some useful stuff in there. sees
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Old 11-12-2003, 02:14 AM   #3
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thank you

Thank you for your reply and the information you have given me I am really greatful.
Thank you.
clarelouise.


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Read the book Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I know strange answer but I will explain. There is a section in there about male infertility and it covers all the tests that should be done. There are ways to increase the count but none of them are for sure. He can use clomid but be aware the side effects might not be worth it. It can even shut down sperm production totally. You need to find out why he has a low count. There are many reasons and depending on the reason depends on the course of treatment. Like if he has a varicole he can have surgery to fix that and that can increase his count. And the list goes on. Read the info at the following posts.

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65667[/url]

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65341[/url]

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-65601[/url]
Those are a few old posts that might have some useful stuff in there. sees

 
Old 11-12-2003, 01:24 PM   #4
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clarelouise,

I feel your pain. I am in the same boat as your husband. I agree with the post regarding clomid and all that other stuff. I'm going to check it out as well. If I find anything I'll be sure to let you know and please do the same for me. You would think that if they can increase the number of eggs a woman produces they could have something to increase sperm count. There are so many variables though that can have an effect from things as simple as fatigue or stress. And you know this situation alone produces enough stress! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your DH. Take care and I'll check back for more information and/or post information as I come across it as well. Thanks.

 
Old 11-13-2003, 05:23 AM   #5
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My Personal Experience

About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with vericosciles (sp?) which basically causes blood to pull in the testicle area, the temperature rises, and the sperm counts plummets. I had out-patient surgery to correct that and after about 6 weeks the count went from from 0 to approximately 10 and the motility was OK. My doctor put me on Clomid and the count increased just a tad to 12. The normal sperm count is around 50-60, so you can see that I was way below the average.

One thing we tried was this: I would go to the doctors office 3 times a week and give "samples". These samples were frozen at that time. When the time came for the IUI, all samples were thawed, washed, and prepared for insemination. So you can see that instead of doing the IUI with a sperm count of 10, we were very close to doing the IUI with a "regular" sperm count. You might want to think about doing that.

One thing to keep in mind.....I now have 3 sons and they were all IUI babies. 2 were twins conceived with an IUI with a sperm count sample of 2! It only takes 1 little spermie to make it happen.

Let me know if you have other questions.

 
Old 11-13-2003, 06:36 AM   #6
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GTBuzz,

Thanks for that vote of confidence! It's always great to hear stories such as yours. It makes me feel at least as though the chances are still there. I was tested for varicoles but didn't find any. They've also tried to freeze my boys but they don't thaw well and many didn't survive the freeze. I'm going today for some blood tests to check out my hormones to make sure they are ok. Believe it or not I'm almost hoping some will be off so at least we'll have an answer and possibly a solution! Take care all and best baby wishes for all who want.

 
Old 11-13-2003, 02:25 PM   #7
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Thanks

Thanks for your kind words everyone.
I also sympathise with you all.
It's nice to hear a success story as well.
Thanks again for the information.
clarelouise.

Last edited by clarelouise; 11-13-2003 at 02:29 PM.

 
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