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Male Infertility with vericocele
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JohnCan posted:
Hi,

I am John and married for 2 years now (age 37). Me and my wife have been trying to conceive ever since we got married but have failed. so i got a sperm test and it came out vericocele in my left testicle. however my sperm count is 14 million with 35% active with 45% normal morphology.

I visited specialist and he says that i should get operated to remove vericocele.
I don't know what is the best path i should adopt. I would really appreciate if you can guide me in this regard. Thanks

John
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amyaalc responded:
Your sperm count and motility are low. If you multiply 14 x 35% = 4.9 million motile sperm. A normal total motile is 20 million or higher. The varicocele repair can help boost your sperm production and quality of sperm (motility and morphology). If pregnancy hasn't happened in 2 years and everything on the female side checks out okay your best option is likely getting the repair. You need to fix the problem. You could always turn to IVF which takes only a few sperm cells but you are avoiding the problem at hand, the varicocele. Varicoceles can end up causing scrotal pain with time so getting the repair sooner then later could prevent future problems and get you on the road to higher fertility.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal
 
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BabyParks responded:
HI my husband also had a varicocele and the dr. said his counts were borderline. So we did an IUI with 30 million sperm but were only able to use 5.02 million because that was all that was motile. Well it still failed. I had surgery the following month and hubby got put on vitamins, C, E, and zinc and I also started vitamins. His doctor said he had borderline motility and to start the vitamins and give them 3 months to work and if nothing happened to try IUI again. So here I am 4 weeks pregnant after us trying for 18 months and I know alot of it had to do with hubby taking vitamins. Also could have been some me too but I know the Lord had his hands in all of it also. Praying for you and the right decision for you and your family. I would try vitamins and getting wife checked before taking drastic measures like surgery or maybe a 2nd opinion just to be sure. I was please his dr. did not want to do surgery on him but his numbers may not have been as low as yours but it sounds like it to me. he had 5 millions motile sperm they could use right? That is what they told me they were able to inject anyways cause it was the best of the best. Correct me if I am wrong tho Amy Not sure how they usually do the IUI's
 
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amyaalc replied to BabyParks's response:
5 million motile or higher is the normal limit for IUI. Thanks for sharing you story BabyParks and sometime little things like the vitamins and lifestyle changes can be enough to make things happen.

Wishing you a happy healthy pregnancy!

Amy
 
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BabyParks replied to amyaalc's response:
Thank you so much, things are going great. 9 weeks and still looking good on U/S checkups. Heartbeat was 176
 
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elenamaria51 replied to BabyParks's response:
Reading all this post about varicocele, is great, we are going through a similar situation, can you clarified if your husband got operated on varicocele or not and also if varicocele treatment itself helped.
thanks


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