Activities prior to ICSI
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oct01 - July 6

Hi Dr. Smith,

We're getting ready for ICSI on July 24 for male factor. My DH and I have been VERY cautious during these past three months prior to the cycle (no alchohol, no caffeine, reduced exercise, vitamins, etc).

However, in a momentary lapse of judgment, we went to the beach on July 3 and both ended up with a sunburn (even though we wore lots of sunscreen). My DH has monitored his temperature for the past few days and didn't seem to get a fever from the burn. He also took Tylenol just in case.

Our IVF nurse told us that my DH should not have been in the sun, especially for such an extended period of time. Of course, now we're kicking ourselves and wondering if we jeopardized the cycle.

Our primary dx is morphology and HDS. We've had many SCSA tests done in the past (the last one being DFI 11.9 and HDS 20) and we're well aware (maybe too aware) that even though sperm can look good on the outside, they may not be healthy on the inside.

Do you think the sunburn and day at the beach is cause for concern? We have a backup frozen semen sample... should we consider using that instead on the day of retrieval?

 

Dr Smith - July 7

Nah, sunburn is not good for your skin, it hurts and it increases your chances of melanoma, but it will have no effect on the upcoming ICSI cycle. I am assuming that the scrotum was not directly exposed to the sun. If so, whoo hoo! that's gotta hurt! The scrotum was probably cooler in a shorts-style swim suit (i.e. not a Speedo) than when wearing regular pants, expecially if he went for a periodic swim to cool off. In any case, its not going to be a problem.

 

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