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Call from doctor's office wanting to discuss DH's test results tomorrow...

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ChateauMargot Mon 10-Oct-11 16:40:51

Does anyone know if this is routine procedure, or do they only ask for a phone chat if a problem is identified in the sample? Just had an email from DH, and although it was brief I can tell that he's worried.

(Background: I've been on Met for the last six months for PCOS; a recent blood test confirmed that I am ovulating, although so far no pregnancy. My endo suggested that DH should be tested too, hence his test taken two weeks ago...)

eurochick Mon 10-Oct-11 17:00:56

I cannot believe that he has not been tested before now! Most surgeries won't go past a couple of blood tests for you without the OH being tested in my experience and from what I have read on here.

My husband had to phone to get his results. Our surgery never calls us.

I don't think you can read anything into this, but bear in mind that even if there is a problem with one or more of his measurements (the test tests several different things usually - volume, count, morphology, motility, ph level, etc) you only need one good swimmer to reach the egg.

ThunderboltKid Mon 10-Oct-11 17:03:34

My consultant wrote to me when there was a problem with DH's sample.

Sorry, not helpful, but it could be anything. Could be to say its fine, there was a technical issue or a problem with the sample. Also, if there is a problem, it might just be temporary. DH had to take vitamins and be retested after 3 months (by which stage the results had drastically improved)

If you're anything like me I know you'll probably panic regardless, but until he's spoken to the doctors you just don't know.

Hope it goes ok for you though.

whereismywine Mon 10-Oct-11 17:05:15

Hope that everything is ok for you. But do remember that one sperm sample does not the whole story tell, they can change A LOT from sample to sample. Both me and euro are on the ttc 10 months thread if you need to ask any more qs about sperms. I'm somewhat of a sperm swot. Good luck.

ChateauMargot Mon 10-Oct-11 17:06:41

Thanks, eurochick.

I've had about half a dozen blood tests so far myself - two because the hospital didn't test the right hormone levels the first time, would you believe! - but we didn't need DH's results for me to go on the Met (if I understand correctly, this would only become a necessity if I were to start Clomid). He also put off making the appointment for a good few weeks as he was really dreading it. To be honest, no one has been on our backs about this - my GP has been pretty useless, and the endo is really mainly interested in my PCOS issues - so it's been left up to us to bite the bullet, as it were...

I shall try to reassure him about the 'one good swimmer' in the meantime!

ThunderboltKid Mon 10-Oct-11 17:08:22


ChateauMargot Mon 10-Oct-11 17:08:26

Crossed with Thunderbolt and WIMW! Thanks so much for the reassurance. I think vitamins and a cut-down in booze intake may well be on the cards, regardless...

ThunderboltKid Mon 10-Oct-11 17:08:54

Sorry - didn't mean to post that here blush

ChateauMargot Mon 10-Oct-11 17:10:15

Ha ha - I did wonder! smile

ThunderboltKid Mon 10-Oct-11 17:11:28

My DH was dreading the test as well. Results came back with only 1% motile - but even with that I've still managed to get pregnant twice (although two unrelated miscarriages as well)

After the second test (wellman, no hot baths etc) it had risen to 4% - which is still not great, but a big improvement.

Still no luck on a further BFP though - 2 years ttc so far - but PCOS and low sperm mobility is not a great combination smile

ChateauMargot Mon 10-Oct-11 17:21:18

I hear you, TK. As if PCOS wasn't enough, right? We've only been trying for a year (and half of that was without the Met, so I probably wasn't even ovulating), but it already feels like an age. Will keep fingers crossed for you!

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