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Low morphology?

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rockhopper365 Mon 28-Dec-15 23:16:59

So DH had results of SA a while back, count and motility were within normal ranges but morphology was only 1%. Anyone got a BFP with low morphology and any stories on here of successful tips for increasing it?

Tips given by GP were just the general things, so hoping that the conception vitamins, increased exercise, better diet/weight loss and keeping everything cool will help. Will be repeating the test again soon, but am scared it won't be any different...

Givinguph0pe Tue 29-Dec-15 12:27:29

We conceived dc1 no problems at all 7 years ago. I don't know what dh's morphology was like at that point. However we struggled for a second dc and testing showed low morphology (1%) and motility.
We paid for three rounds of icsi and had a donor round too, all of which failed. Dh's morphology never altered ever with lifestyle changes although his motility improved a slightly.
Three and a half years after we started trying I fell pregnant naturally and dc2 is now 5 days old. There aren't any guarantees of course but we were told it could still happen (I didn't believe them) but we did eventually get there in the end.

Have you had any advice as to the next step? Would you get any IVF / ICSI cycles paid for?

rockhopper365 Tue 29-Dec-15 15:37:59

I'm 35 in 2.5 months and in my county NHS funding cut off is up to 35 (so wish I'd known that much earlier). We've been told by GP that need to go to gyn specialist before could get referred for any possible treatment, so was referred in the summer.

Sadly the specialist didn't know anything about morphology, said he asked a colleague who said wasn't dire. He wanted me to have a laparoscopy and put me on clomid before he would refer us on, as he said as I'm not on a totally regular cycle I probably am not ovulating properly. IMO there is no evidence to suggest as my LH bloodtest one month was fine and I think 29-32 days isn't a problem, so I think it is totally unnecessary and just a stupid delay to mean we miss the cut off.

Plus we have almost no time now anyway, so I don't think we have much choice but to see what we can do ourselves and if nothing is changing then look at private costs and see if we could afford it.

I'm planning on starting to chart to gather as much info about myself as poss, so if DH's morphology doesn't change then we are armed with as much info as possible.

DirtyDancing Tue 29-Dec-15 23:21:51

Yes me! I have PCOS, DH low morphology. We have a DS and are now TTC No2.

Anyway, my DH was 1% too.. But our fertility specialist always said that 1% of good sperm is still a lot, when you think how many are ejeculated. It only takes one after all!!

rockhopper365 Fri 01-Jan-16 13:44:31

Thanks DirtyDancing, feeling a bit more positive now! grin

grumpysquash2 Fri 01-Jan-16 13:55:19

I also have PCOS, DH was found to have low sperm count and low morphology. We had a 'sperm swim up' test and <0.01% were making it up the column (extremely low), so were told we needed ICSI.

As a fertility work-up, I had laser diathermy to both ovaries (for the PCOS) and ended up having 3 DC in the next 5 years. All singletons, no IVF or anything. So the sperm issues were clearly not as devastating as all that!

Good luck OP

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