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Does the look of semen mean anything?

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victoria401 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:14:41

Sorry in advance for TMI! I don't test for ovulation as I get pains and last night I had EWCM so I seduced hubby. Today I have o pains. I would be hopeful but I'm worried about DH's semen! I've always thought it didn't look right. He's not my first partner and it just seems different to previous partners. Kinda thick and creamy in both colour and texture and last night it all seem to fall out immediately in one thick mucoid blob even though I had my bum in the air (told you tmi!). We've been ttc for 14months and I'm sure its him rather than me that's the cause. Anyone noticed a difference in consistancy if your OH's got something wrong in that dept? I know he should get tested to be sure but he's gone all shy....

Happilymarried155 Mon 10-Feb-14 15:32:29

I think that semen varies in colour and consistency slightly for everyone just as cervical mucus does. 14 months isn't too long (I know it feels like forever) so it could be that's nothing wrong with either of you.
But you shouldn't assume it's a problem with your partner, there's a lot of factors that go info fertility and it could quite as easily be something wrong with you! Maybe visit your go and he may refer you both for further tests such as semen tests, blood tests and a hycosy. If your both getting tested your partner may be more likely to go, I know my dh husband wouldn't have been happy if I was blaming him and sending him for tests only.

Good luck!

naty1 Mon 10-Feb-14 15:45:36

I would just get both of you tested.
Even if you ovulate you can have blocked tubes etc so its pretty much impossible to tell anything without tests
There can be something wrong with the liquid itself i imagine but the sperm be fine.
I would think it would be thicker if hes not drinking enough.
Have you looked into what can affect sperm ie tight underwear, diabetes, smoking, weight, diet etc
I think after an amount of time maybe 30mins it does liquidise

victoria401 Mon 10-Feb-14 17:33:01

Hiya ladies

I went to GP after 8months of trying as I was told I had low progesterone in my early 20s. I wanted a re test but she said if I ovulate then there is nothing wrong with me. And she sent me on my way... I know from all my reading up that that's not the case. I've got another appointment Wednesday, unfortunately with the same GP "for continuation of my treatment". Gonna nag for tests again. I know it also could be me or both of us. I didn't mean that post to sound like I was blaming him :-( I was just frustrated with him at the time.

Happilymarried155 Mon 10-Feb-14 18:17:46

I had a problem with my gp also and she did blood tests said I was ovulating and sent me away again telling me to try for another year. I was heartbroken and went to see another gp that instantly referred me to a specialist. Put your foot down-if you are under 30 they seem to fob you off quite a lot as they think you have plenty of time!

How does the gp know you ovulate without doing the relevant blood tests? Good luck at your appointment x

victoria401 Mon 10-Feb-14 18:43:13

I'm nearly 34, I don't have the luxury of time :-( you only get 12 chances a year! That's how I think of it!

naty1 Mon 10-Feb-14 19:51:21

Def get both of you checked (and look at hfea site) if for any reason you did need ivf it is most successful under 35
Have they checked thyroid? As that can cause short lp and i think low progesterone. But they can test that on a cd21 test (progesterone)
Just see a different gp. (One told me nsh cant afford ivf but another in the practise did all the tests)
If you are already diagnosed low progesterone then surely they could refer you for that

victoria401 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:01:20

She said "our bodies change all the time so yours probably sorted itself out"!! I do get ov pains so she went from that. Very much felt like I was wasting her time and get out of her office! Also DH smokes/smoked (he quit Xmas day) so she wanted to wash her hands of us.
I had hormone tests in early 20's for irregular AF's which came up with the low prog. GP at the time said I may have trouble conceiving. But I didn't meet hubby for another 5 years and then job and house buying/renovating got in the way. Came off the implant Dec 2012 aged 32 and had 27-30 day cycles and ov pain each month. So doc thinks I'm "normal" now.

x0gawjus0x Thu 13-Feb-14 07:11:57

Hi, I don't really know much but I am 21 so expected it to be easy getting pregnant with my dh.. We have been trying since my 18th birthday and got my first bfp 2.5 years later I'm now 37 weeks preg :-) we didn't go to the doctors or have any tests, so I've no idea why it took us so long but I really thought I wouldn't be able to have children ..

victoria401 Thu 13-Feb-14 18:41:06

Congratulations! I know there is a high % of couples who don't get pg in 1st year that get pg is the 2nd so I haven't lost hope yet. It does get depressing every month when af comes though. I assumed it would be easy as my sister got preg from an 'accident' with her bf of only 2 months!

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