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Amy_lou

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Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 5:37pm

Partners SA results can somebody help?Esp Paul entwistle please

Hi
My partner and I have our results back
They are
Rapidly motile 3%
Sluggishly motile 72%
Non progressive 18%
Immotile 7%
Volume 5ml
Total count 32.5 x10*6

Were confused as receptionist said they were normal is this right?

Thanks for any help or advice :smile:

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Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 10:25pm

The results you have posted look OK but are incomplete.
My results also contained morphology (i.e. the number of normal vs defected sperm) among other things.

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Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 10:45pm

Hi Amy Lou,

GP' practice receptionists can become very knowledgable about aspects of medicine from their work in the practice. But they are not fertility experts, and should not be allowed to interpret such results. I do wonder whether the doctor was not sure about the implication of your results, so left it to the receptionist to speak to you?

I do not think that this result has been produced by a laboratory experienced in doing sperm function tests - it is probably a general hospital laboratory with little fertility background or experience. If I am right then the quality of the results is a dubious as the interpretation by the receptionist.

However there appears to be a good sperm concentration and semen volume in this sample, and the total motility is high. Depending upon how they have graded the sperm, too few of the sperm seem to be suitably active, and most appear sluggish. This would be a problem IF the results could be seen as reliable. But it is very easy to get such a result if the specimen is left around for too long before being analysed, which can be the case. Also, as somebody else has said, there is no reference to morphology levels, another indication of sperm quality.

So the result as it stands is not normal, but I feel this may be an unreliable result, and should not be taken too seriously yet. In any event it is always dangerous to make judgements on one semen.

So you need to make an appointment to talk to your GP about this, and ask some questions about the low motility and the morphology. The GP will probably be unable to comment as fertility is such a specialist subject. But don't be sent away with "it is normal" - say you are both very worried and could this be repeated and /or you be referred to a specialist. Another specimen could come back very different and much better. But the picture is not too terrible, it is just too soon to be sure what his true result really is.

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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 12:33am

Hello Paul and dmb33 thanks for your time,
Ive just checked over the results again and no morphology was mentioned on the results :8o: Ill get him to have them redone.Im not making excuses if there is a problem there but erm how should i put this lol..he wasnt aroused when doing the sample and gets easily stressed over this sort of thing,he does smoke a few cigarettes a day (5-6) and has been taking zinc for the last few months.
Im new to this male factor thing as I thought it was just me with the problem as you probably know from my other threads so am trying to make sense of it all with the terminology etc so is any of his results good?and is there anything more we can do to improve it?
Also if this were an accurate result how much of a problem would it potentially cause?
Once again many thanks
xx

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Friday, March 27th 2009, 10:49pm

hey,
Ive had a word with our GP and there are NO abnormalities,which is good :happy: and he said although motility is quite low there is alot there so to speak that are good quality.My partner is also stopping smoking and has started taking the well man supplements.Has anybody got any opinions on them?

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