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Sunday, December 27th 2009, 9:49pm

Using a steroid to help male fertility

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I have been reading this website and it states this:

Male Factor Infertility

with very low sperm counts or anti-sperm antibodies can be treated. If
one result is poor the analysis is repeated about 2 to 3 months later
following “healthy lifestyle” advice. The man is advised to increase
exercise, stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake, stress reduction and
vitamin & mineral supplements may also recommended. It is important
for the man to have a complete urological assessment with a urologist
interested in finding and treating the underlying cause of male
infertility. Surgical correction of a varicocele, and medical
treatments including Indomethacin, tamoxifen, L carnitine, antibiotics,
prednisolone, coenzyme Q10 and Pycnogenol can been used to improve the
mans semen analysis.
further crucial factor is to conduct a thorough evaluation of the
woman’s fertility potential, with NaProTECHNOLOGY. Often a previously
un-identified female factor is found, such as poor cervical mucus flow
and suboptimal hormones. Correction of these factors improves the
overall chance of successful treatment.
Men with very low sperm
counts have conceived with this approach. If the count remains
persistently below 1 million, despite treatment, conception is less
likely to occur. The lowest (treated) semen analysis that resulted in
conception in the Irish programme had a count of 4 million with 45%
motility and 96% abnormal morphology. This had improved from untreated
levels that had counts of less than 1 million. That couple had tried
and failed ICSI twice before succeeding with NaProTechnology.

Does anyone know why prednisolone can help with male fertility (mentioned above) and any of the other drugs mentioned for that matter.

i have an idea and think it is related to adrenal health. i myself have poor functioning adrenals and i do use hydrocortisone to help and i have really improved my health. i was thinking about trying out pred as this is the same steroid as hydroC, but it lasts longer in the body.

any ideas ?

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Wednesday, December 30th 2009, 8:10pm

Hi, I can only say that my DF had to take some steroids for an unrelated health issue, about 6-8 weeks before providing S.S. for our IVF back in June. His sperm count and morphology had improved slightly since his initial test before taking the steroids. I've not read about prednisolone specifically, but read about steroids having been trialled as a means to improving sperm when I was initially concerned that steroids may interfere with our treatment. I would personally discuss this link with your specialist. Good luck!
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