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Low Morphology and Testosterone
Branden381 posted:
My wife and I have been TTC for over 6 years now and have gone to fertility doctors for around 2 years. After countless tests on my wife with no concern they turned to me. Strict Kroger Semen Analysis determined that everything was ok but the Morphology, which was at 1%. Quantity and Motility were good. Just not Quality. I tried Vitamins and am now dieting to lose some extra lbs. This is the only thing I haven't done... At one point the doc thought I had a tumor in my brain that causes the pituitary glands not to produce testosterone. Oh and my T levels are low too... in the low to mid 400's. I also had a testes ultrasound, prostate exam and tried a few rounds of Clomid - which helped with testosterone. Help please... Suggestions are appreciated.
amyaalc responded:
Sounds like you are on the right track with trying to correct the morphology with vitamins and antioxidants. Morphology is tricky since there is no medications you can take and make everything perfect. Make sure that you are not exposing yourself to any medications, chemicals, heat or other toxins that will damage sperm. Check my discussion on sperm healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to morphology it is a much debated topic since plenty of men with 1-2 % normal forms have no issues creating a pregnancy with their partners.

With low T levels it sounds like something is going on and working closely with your local urologist to get to the bottom of the problem is your best path to improving fertility to void the need of IVF.

Has your doctor tried HCG treatment with you to boost your T? Has your urologist ruled out a varicocele?

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal
Branden381 replied to amyaalc's response:
Thank you for your response.
I will be checking your discussion on sperm healthy lifestyle. My urologist has determined it to be "unexplained infertility" and has only tried Clomid. The Clomid made my T levels normal and Prolactin rise above normal but didn't help us to conceive. He has ruled out varicocele and we have yet to try HCG treatment. What is the HCG Treatment and how would that help? Another thing is that I was taking Vicodin for a while when I hurt my back and again when I had surgery and post surgery. I have stayed away from it for about 5 months now and no change. How do plenty of men create a pregnancy with 1-2% normal forms? Does my weight have something to do with it?
amyaalc replied to Branden381's response:
Normal forms is a test that varies from tech to tech so one person can rate a sample at 10% normal and the tech gives it 0 so without good standard this test has become meaningless. Judging a book by it's cover doesn't say much for the content of the book or in this case it the sperm head is not 100% perfectly rounded on one side doesn't mean that it's not a great quality sperm with awesome DNA content inside...

Weight can impact male fertility. Obesity is a serious problem for a number of health reasons but it can also lower fertility.

lindsycd replied to amyaalc's response:
Amy, I couldn't locate your discussion on sperm healthy lifestyle. Would you consider re-posting it? I'll keep looking. Thanks!

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