Saturday, September 19, 2009

Swimmer results

"We have a bit of an issue to overcome", is what my Doc said when she called yesterday. Here are his numbers:

Volume - 1.8
Concentration - 2.2 million, normal is 20 million
PH - 8.5, normal is 7.2-8.0
Morphology - normal
Motility - normal
Time - normal

So it is good news that DH has sperm, just not a lot, and they are shaped right and swimming in the right direction. The doc thinks he has a varicocele, this is from google dictionary:

A varicocele forms when valves inside the veins along the spermatic cord prevent blood from flowing properly. This causes the blood to back up, leading to swelling and widening of the veins. (This is essentially the same process that leads to varicose veins, which are common in the legs.)

Varicoceles usually develop slowly. They are more common in men ages 15 - 25 and are most often seen on the left side of the scrotum. Varicoceles are often the cause of infertility in men.

The sudden appearance of a varicocele in an older man may be caused by a kidney tumor, which can block blood flow to a vein.


He will have to go see a urologist to have a simple surgery done to correct it, if that is the cause. I know several couples that the husband was diagnosed with this and got it fixed and got pregnant the very next month. I pray that we can get this taken care of quickly and be back on our journey to our baby. At least now we have a clear understanding of what is causing our infertility and have a new plan of attack. Until then...

1 lovely notes from friends:

Just Another Day In Paradise September 19, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

Answers are helpful, but not always easy to hear. I pray that the surgery will take care of the issue. But if not, there are other ways (multiple "donations" mixed together to give higher numbers in one IUI, etc.)
Also these numbers can change quite a bit from sample to sample...

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