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Reg: Dec 26th 2009

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Saturday, December 26th 2009, 10:45am

low sperm motility


We've been trying to get pregnant for 16 months with no success :( We went to our local GP and he sent me for a blood test and my partner for a semen analysis. My results were normal but he was asked to go for a 2nd semen analysis.

We got the results just a few days ago and he was told that his sperm motility in both samples was only 15% (everything else was within normal limits).

Does this mean we have no chance of ever having a baby natually?

We were told we'll be referred to a Fertiliy clinic but I'm just really gutted and don't really know what to expect. I've been reading things online and it seems that people wait for ages to get any sort of treatment with NHS. I am 30 and my partner is 28 so I don't really know how much time we have left :(

Sorry for sounding so negative but my world just fell apart when we found out that there is something wrong.

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Reg: Nov 27th 2009

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

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Sunday, December 27th 2009, 10:55am


You are in the same situation as me and my DH.

We found out in February that my DH's sperm motility was poor and I am fine. We were told that it is not impossible to get pregnant naturally but it could take a while and the chances of getting pregnant were higher if we chose IVF. I am 29 (soon to be 30) and my DH is 30.

It has taken 10 months from the initial result but we have now been through IVF and we are waiting to find out if we are pregnant.

It is hard to come to terms with but you will - keep talking to your DH as this is the best way to deal with it.

I wish you all the luck in the world with whatever you decide :thumbsup: .

Vic xxx

  • "spaghetek" started this thread

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Sunday, December 27th 2009, 12:19pm


Thank you for your reply!

I wish you all the best with your test result! I'll keep my fingers crossed for a positive one!

I think I'm finding it hard to cope with because I always imagined I would have a baby by now and I would just conceive natually whenever I chose to do so. I think in time I will come to terms with it but it's just a big shock at the moment. I think I just need to get used to the idea that we will need medical help, if we are to ever have a baby.



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Reg: Sep 29th 2009

Location: Wraysbury,Middlesex

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Monday, January 4th 2010, 1:20pm

I know how it feels to find out that having a baby won't be as easy as it should be. My husband had only one sperm test so far and they did not find anything! This was a shock. I also had 2 blood test which showed my prolactin levels a too high."Luckyly" shortly after we got the results there was fertility show held in London.Of course we had no idea what next but attendance to few show seminars helped a lot.
The main thing is to find out what is NHS financed in your area as it is very different even around London. It also does not depend where you live, it depends where your doctor is based-so those regulations apply to you (and usually your partner even if he lives somewhere else).Regulations and NHS policy can be found on the web, just ask you doctor for the address of your local PCT(primary care trust).
Of course the next thing is to get referral to the right doctor. Remember that if the reason is even only on men side, fertility issue is a couple issue.
We are still waiting for our specialist appointments so be ready for waiting and dealing with NHS.They booked me one appointment in November ,than I received phone call that they sent me to the wrong doctor and moved visit. When I rang to find out where my confirmation letter is, I found out they either NHS appointments centre nor does hospital have any record of me! Have been actually on the phone to GP this morning and hopefully he will sort this out.
One thing I am prepared for is dealing with incompetence of health system. It was very frustrating and upsetting.
Will keep you updated with our progress and please let us know if you move forward with procedures.
We can only try to help each other as finding anything from NHS is a nightmare.
I also apologise if i made few mistakes but I’m not native speaking English.
Ps. As an example of factors deciding about IVF have a look there (possibly different for where you live):…es-Criteria.pdf

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Monday, January 4th 2010, 1:29pm

Hi - I am in the same boat with SA saying 12-10% normal for my DH. I was referred just before Christmas for NHS-funded ICIS and I truly hope the wait is not long because we have already been TTC for five years.