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Sperm mobility
Janifle2 posted:
Hello We were just told my husband has low sperm mobility and the only thing our Dr. is offering is invetro. Does anyone know of something else we could try? of course we are covered for everything but invetro insurance wise.
AmyAALC responded:
There are a number of options depending on what is causing that low motility. I just can't get over that they didn't discuss him seeing a urologist to solve what is causing the low motility. It would be something as simple as a minor lifestyle change. We hear this a lot and men are always over looked when it comes to infertility treatments. Why not focus on the possible problem at hand and fix that instead of ignoring and going right into IVF. Fixing the low motility or trying will only be a fraction of the cost of IVF and your insurance should cover the urology visits. It is also not wise to base male fertility on a single semen analysis since it's only a snapshot and not a complete picture of his fertility. Poor collection or lab handling errors can lead to low motility. Always best to check at least 2 samples a month apart from each other.

Check out my discussion post on sperm healthy lifestyle to make sure he's not exposing himself to something daily that could cause lowered motility. Also get him started on a good vitamin regimen. There are a number of preblended fertility vitamins on the market along with motility boosting vitamins. It's worth a try since a few hundred dollars could save you $15,000 if you don't have to go down the IVF road.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Check in your area for an urologist with male infertility training or andrology training.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

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