Lifestyle changes-male factor
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oct01 - May 24

Dr. Jacobs,

We are doing ICSI in July for mild male factor, which will be 1 year past a bi-lateral varicocelectomy.

My husband's most recent SCSA is DFI 11.9 (down from 44) and HDS 25 (up from 18). Last comprehensive semen test was 21% morphology, 60% motility, and 120 mil concentration. However, at our last 2 IUI's the concentration has been much lower-- 26 and 33 mil, with 9 mil and 8 mil post-wash.

It is time to move to ICSI in July. In preparation, my DH has been taking Conception XR (similar to Proxeed and Fertile One), stopped any alcohol, and cut back on caffeine (1 cup of coffee a day).

However, he works out 4 days a week and plays softball and baseball 2 days a week in Orlando, FL. Our RE is suggesting that he stop the sports because the heat outside (its in the 80s and 90s) and bouncing of the testicles may be what's affecting the sperm counts.

My DH is having trouble accepting this because he thinks his sports help to relieve stress which would also affect his sperm and he isn't convinced that the heat outside is that bad. What do you think?

 

B. Jacobs, M. D. - May 25

I really do not know how to respond to your questions about your husband's sprts activity. Ido not have any data. I refer all of our male factor problems to a sub specialist urologist, who was trained to do male fertility work. The supplements he is taking will probably not provide a benefit.
Good luck.

 

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