Me: 28, history of screwed up hormones
DH: 32, healthy except for a unilateral vericocele (left side)
We haven’t started TTC yet but we’re going to this spring. We are trying to get our ducks in a row, medically speaking, given my history of progesterone deficiency/weird hormones and his vericocele.
DH just had his first SA the other day, after about 36 hours of abstinence (I know it’s supposed to be 42, ideally), and these were the results:
Count: 36 million
I know these aren’t the greatest numbers in the world but we also don’t want to jump into vericocele repair surgery if there’s a decent chance I could get pregnant without that. I got the feeling the urologist would be happy to have DH go under the knife right away since, obviously, that will mean more money for him. I’ve been poking around online and am trying to figure out just how bad (or good) DH’s numbers are, but I’ve seen a lot of conflicting information.
We just went out and bought a whole bunch of supplements that are supposed to help with sperm quality so he and I are both embarking on a detox/exercise/supplement regimen for the next 3-4 months. I’m inclined to just focus on that stuff for a while and then re-test in the spring and see if there’s any improvement.
Anyway if anyone has any feedback re: DH’s SA results I would love to hear it. We are new to this stuff! It seems like by some standards his numbers are normal or near normal, whereas the doctor made him feel like he would DEFINITELY need the surgery.
I think he will get the surgery eventually anyway, but it would be nice to get pregnant and THEN have him do the procedure once some of the pressure is off. Also the procedure itself can actually REDUCE counts for months, before you see the big improvement, and we would really like to be pregnant within the next year if possible.
Anyway like I said, any and all feedback is welcome!