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    Old 08-23-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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    Question Semen Analysis

    Hi everyone. This is my first post so forgive me if I do this wrong.

    So my husband and I have been TTC for many years but just recently started going to an OB for help. Anyway, prior to going to the doctor my husband had a semen analysis done and all came back normal with the exception of his volume. The volume was minimally low (don't have #'s). We had this ordered by his PCP and when he sent us the paper with the results that was the only things highlighted saying low but there was no explanation. For a while I thought this was insignificant because his sperm count was within the normal limits but now I am starting to wonder. We showed it to our OB and she didn't think it was of concern. I did some reading online about low volume and some places suggested if a man has low volume it could be difficulty for the swimmers to get where they need to be. Does anyone have more info on this or suggestions? My OB has me on Clomid and I'm about to start my 2nd month on it. All my tests have come back normal thus far. I'm feeling frustrated. Thanks for any help.

     
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    Old 08-23-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    My DH volume was low at first it was at 1.0 then went to 1.5 now it is 2.0.. He is taking 1000mg of fishoil with DHA an so far it has helped.


    Good Luck to you all..

     
    Old 08-28-2009, 12:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    I do think this can affect it (though I'm not sure to what extent), but if everything else is up to par, I can understand the docs not being overly concerned. The DHA might be a good idea to try out.

    My FH's level was low too, but he also had other numbers that were borderline bad so he's got more going on then just that. Maybe look into supplements that help to build this up.

     
    Old 08-28-2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    Okay, so in regard to the fish oil pills...I have Omega 3 Fish Oil 1000 mg supplements that I have been taking for a while for my cholesterol per MD instructions. I looked on the back for DHA and it says (with EPA and DHA) 300 mg. Is this the same stuff or do I need to find fish oil supplements with DHA 1000 mg? I've been making my DH take 1 pill daily in hopes this is what you were talking about. If this is it, how much is your DH taking? I figured if it was wrong it wouldn't hurt anything. I'm also having him take a OneADay multivitamin daily and drink more H20.

     
    Old 08-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #5
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    My doc says we need to have sex every day or every other day from day 9-19. Do you think this is a good idea with the low volume thing? Every other day is what we strive for now with our crazy schedules but I don't know if this makes his already low volume less. What does everyone think?

     
    Old 08-28-2009, 10:24 PM   #6
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    I wondered about this too but got to the point that I was trying to time things so perfectly. I seriously think when you guys are in the mood, go for it. If that's twice a day, or every other day.

    I think that there can be some kind of effect on numbers but unless you're going more then every day, I wouldn't worry. I think in general, it takes 12-24 hours to build it up. I might be wrong on that, but going based on memory.

    Personally, I've been ttc such a long time and I just want to have some fun again! I'm still charting and all that wonderful stuff, but I'm trying to be so robotic about it, if that makes sense?

    Are you seeing a regular doc or a fertility specialist/obgyn?

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 12:05 AM   #7
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    I'm seeing an obgyn right now. I am finishing up the last of my second dose of Clomid and have one more refill if no luck this cycle. After that, if nothing, we'll go back to see her and I'm fairly sure she'll refer us to a fertility specialist. She offered to send me to a specialist the last time I saw her, before she prescribed the Clomid, but I opted to try 3 months on the med first because seeing a specialist would cost more. Cheap sounding perhaps but i figured I'd try everything she could offer first.

    I hear you though, we have been TTC for 5 years at various different levels. We are trying to not make our bedroom a lab and become robotic but it's hard at times. Good luck!

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 09:13 AM   #8
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    Sorry responding late to this topic again but had to goto new RE yesterday morning. He is great an caring. He is a OBGYN/RE which is great. The other RE didn't seem to be doing what suppose to so had to change. If not pregnant naturally this time our new RE said he will tell us what is the best route to go an he doesn't like Clomid as it thins the lining out to much. I told him I'm still waiting on my period to start an he told me to do a HPT SUNDAY. If pregnant contact him ASAp so can get me straight in to check things out. If not pregnant then call them when start my period so can get ready for more test. Yesterday I had 3 vitals of blood taking but will not know anything about it until monday.

    Now on the fishoil with DHA it also has the other what you said. His fishoil is 1000mg takes once a day with drinking plenty of fresh water. When went to our new RE yesterday showed him an he said that was great what he was taking.

    Wannabemama what you have is what my DH is taking so you don't need to change. Good Luck. I'm going back to bed got up dizzy so going to lie back down..

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    Old 08-29-2009, 10:24 AM   #9
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    Thanks Slyfoxy for your help. I hope the dizziness went away. All the best of luck!

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 11:42 AM   #10
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    why doesnt you give him some fertimax.

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
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    I didn't know about that supplement until now. Where can I get that and is it safe?

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 06:17 PM   #12
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    Wannabemama I thought I would post again as feeling some better. Went to have bp check due to yesterday was up now today it is low. BP today was 108/85, yesterday it was 133/80 which was a normal high. My BP has never been high until yesterday. The dizziness finally let up an got to eat more this evening..

    Here is what my Dh takes for low sperm count an etc.. This is what I've researched an is very safe for a male to take.

    I've posted this before for others but some may think I crazy.. LOL but yesterday I showed our new RE what DH is taking an he said that was great. Our new RE had me to add to list a new thing.

    My DH first SA was only 3 million long with the poor movement an the morphology was 80% abnormal. When he went for his 2nd SA his count had came up from 3 to 6 long with his movement of sperm was a little better long with the morphology went from 80% abnormal to normal. His 3rd SA his count was 10 million with lot better morphology, and the movement too.

    Hope this down below helps you all out too..

    It is known that extra zinc is suppose to help the sperm to because each time the man goes the zinc needs to be added back to the body to help with the other sperms. It is also good to eat some oysters once a while to help with zinc intake. My DH multivitamins has L-Carnitine long with other things suppose to be really good to. My Dh takes Performance Energy for Men Multi+Daily Program. The Extra Vitamin C suppose to keep the sperm from clumby together.

    It may take 3-6 months to see a improvement in his sperm..

    I got my DH taking
    Maca 2x a day
    Vitamin C-1000 with Rose Hips 2x a day
    Co-Enzyme Q-10 30 Mg Capsules 1x a day
    Multivitamin for men 3x a day. DH was only taking 2x a day but RE said took more.
    1000 mg fishoil 1x a day.

    This is newly added to my DH list to improve stuff more on the sperm.
    Acetyl L-Carnitine 4x a day.

    Something that might help you.
    Vitamins, minerals, water, and amino acids (proteins) all play very important roles in semen production. While that's an oversimplified list, these are the main ingredients that your semen is produced from.

    Probably the best thing you can do to insure healthy semen production is to provide your body with good nutrition. You should try to have a decent low fat diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, "good" proteins, and plenty of water.

    You should also take a daily multivitamin, which ensures that you're getting adequate levels of vitamins and minerals.
    zinc: increases sperm cell production - can be found in lamb, oysters, fish
    vitamins C, E: improves production and motility (swimming action) of your sperm cells
    selenium: improves sperm motility as well as increasing sperm production
    lycopene: found in tomatoes (ketchup, etc), a number of studies have shown lycopene might increase sperm count
    water: probably the #1 restricting factor of low semen volume if you're dehydrated
    L-Carnitine, L-Arginine: amino acids (proteins) that are needed for semen production
    Saw Palmetto: a herb known to stimulate the glands associated with semen
    Maca: a popular plant known to raise testosterone levels in men
    Tribulus Terrestris: this well-known herb also increases testosterone production
    Certain foods and a number of other things that you ingest will actually inhibit healthy sperm production. Countless studies have found that smoking lowers sperm count and motility, as can heavy or binge drinking.
    stop smoking: smoking decreases male fertility and sperm count
    no heavy drinking: excess alcohol consumption slows sperm production
    avoid strenuous exercise: numerous studies have observed a decline in fertility when male subjects frequently experience overexertion
    avoid hot testicles: a well documented correlation exists between heat and low male fertility, so try to avoid hot baths, laptop computers, sitting on heated seats, etc.
    Just something I had saved to add.
    Eat a natural foods diet that focuses on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
    Drink 50% of body weight in ounces of water daily (e.g., a 150 lb man would drink 75 oz of water).
    Eliminate processed and refined foods (e.g., white flour), junk food, sugars, alcohol, and caffeine.
    Avoid saturated fats and hydrogenated oils (e.g., margarine); use olive oil.
    Pumpkin seeds are naturally high in zinc and essential fatty acids which are vital to healthy functioning of the male reproductive system. Eat pumpkin seeds to help maintain a healthy reproductive system.
    The following supplements may increase sperm count and/or motility.
    Allow 3-4 months for the supplements to work.

    Arginine - Take 4 gr daily. Needed to produce sperm. If the sperm count is below 10 million per ml, arginine probably will not provide any benefit.
    Coenzyme Q10 - Take 10 mg daily. Increases sperm count and motility. Helps with DNA damage too.
    Flaxseed oil - Take 1 tbsp daily. Is a source of essential fatty acids.
    L-carnitine - Take 3-4 grams daily. Required for normal sperm function.
    Multivitamin-mineral - Buy a high-quality product and take one serving size (differs from brand to brand).
    Selenium - Take 200 mcg daily. Improves sperm motility.
    Vitamin B-12 - Take 1000 mcg daily. A B-12 deficiency reduces sperm motility and sperm count. Even if no deficiency exists, B-12 supplementation may help men with a sperm count of less than 20 million per milliliter or a motility rate of less than 50%
    Vitamin C - Take 500 mg 2 times daily. Is an antioxidant.
    Vitamin E - Take 400 IUs 2 times daily. Is an antioxidant and improves sperms' ability to impregnate.
    Zinc - Take 30 mg 2 times daily. Required for a healthy male reproductive system and sperm production.
    Ginseng (Panax ginseng) - Known as a male tonic (an agent that improves general health) and used to increase testosterone levels and sperm count.


    Good Luck Hun and keep us posted on how things goes.. Just a note it may take up to 3-6 months before see any improvement but give it time it does work..

    Here is the information about the newly added thing to my list called. Acetyl L-Carnitine.

    Information about it..

    Combined treatment with L-carnitine, a popular dietary supplement, and acetyl l-carnitine, a related chemical, appears to improve sperm motility in men with fertility problems.. Men who took L-carnitine and acetyl l-carnitine had increases in sperm concentration, forward movement, and total movement.

    The most significant improvements in sperm motility, both forward and total, were observed in men who had the lowest levels of moving sperm.

    Just thought would add this as what things can help with males..

     
    Old 08-29-2009, 06:31 PM   #13
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    Thanks SlyFoxy! You have been very helpful. Lots of baby luck to you and your DH. Please keep us posted on your progress too.

     
    Old 10-10-2009, 12:09 PM   #14
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    Re: Semen Analysis

    One common cause of low sperm count is having too much sex. People who are trying to get pregnant often have sex every day ,often more than once a day and this lowers a man's fertility . It is better to have sex three times a week .

     
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