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Saturday, April 28th 2007, 8:37am

Is this a bad result?

DH has had his first semen analysis and got the results from the GP over the phone. He didn't give the exact numbers etc, but said count, motility and the number of forward swimmers were good. However, the perecentage of normal sperm was only 7%. The GP told him that 15% is the average normal sperm and as DH is 45 his result is nothing to worry about at his age as the rest of the test was good and it only takes one to fertilise the egg. We're not convinced about that though - 7% seems very low, and some info I've read would certainly put it into the subfertile range. Does anybody know whether wearing looser underwear and giving up alchohol affects the number of normal sperm if other factors are OK?

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Saturday, April 28th 2007, 8:49am

Hi Tracey

I can't advise on the numbers I am afraid, I am sure one of the other girls will be around later to offer some help.

There is a link here which gives tips on how to improve sperm, hope it helps

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Saturday, April 28th 2007, 9:39am

taking zinc tablet is good, reduce how much you drink, not wearing too tight underwear and not bathing in a too high temperature are told to help improve sperm quality

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Saturday, April 28th 2007, 10:45am

My husband had low normal sperm and we did a lot of work to raise his sperm quality. He wasn't a big drinker but he cut out alcohol took selenium ace, zinc, DHA fish oils, Cool Oil, stopped using saunas and he doesn't wear underwear (but if your dh wears tight pants definitely get rid of them). His normal count imrpoved slightly but he then stopped going to the gym for 6 weeks prior to IVF and had three acupuncture sessions and on the day his normal count was so good they suggested he'd make a great sperm donor! I posted exact figures for his sperm in the sperm quality thread I think - certainly in one of the male factor threads anyway - I'm moving and have packed away our ibf folder so don't have the figures to hand now but the improvement after acupuncture and stopping the gym was huge.

I don't know if your dh smokes but to improve sperm quality he should stop smoking too. It is definitely possible to improve sperm with diet and lifestyle changes so go for it. Wishing you lots of luck.
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Sunday, April 29th 2007, 11:57pm

Thanks for the tips. I looked at your results Emilia - quite amazing. My husband doesn't smoke but has decided to cut down a lot more on alcohol and change his underwear habits! Was already taking some supplements, but acupuncture seems worth looking into. Not at all convinced GP knows what he's talking about, so I'm gonna see about getting referred on somewhere. I think we've jumped through all the necessary hoops of having certain tests that are necessary before referrals will be accepted!

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