Sperm Morphology and IVF

by Moon
(London, England)

Dear Amelia,
I have been trying to conceive for nearly 2 years and I am now 34 years old. I have had all my tests, in which my Dr. says, everything is fine.

However, I have been told I have polycystic ovaries. But, my doctor was quite dismissive of this and said it was genetic / hereditary and nothing to worry about. I have regular periods and am ovulating.

My husband had 2 semen tests which were all fine, except the morphology read 9 on the first test and 8 on the next test. Do you think this is something to worry about?

I have started acupuncture 4 weeks ago and am taking Chinese herbs too.

Basically, are all my efforts to conceive naturally worth it, if there is a potential morphology issue? Or am I better off having IVF?

It's really getting me down and am not sure what to do? Many thanks!

Kind regards,

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Sperm Morphology
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Moon,
I appreciate your questions about sperm morphology. Your husband's morphology is borderline at 8 to 9% morphology, but it's not necessarily detrimental. A good count, volume and motility could help the borderline sperm morphology.

Please respond in the comments section and let me know your husband's sperm count/ml, motility, forward progression and volume in ml.

I'm very glad to hear that you are ovulating and that your cycle is regular. That's great, especially since you have polycystic ovaries. Do you know why you were diagnosed with PCOS by the other doctor? Did your ovaries show up with cysts on an ultrasound?

Before moving on to IVF, I think that it's important to exhaust your natural options. I think it's wonderful that you've started taking Chinese herbs and are getting acupuncture. It would be helpful if your husband could join you in preparing his body for making a baby, as well.

I hope that you're charting with the help of your acupuncturist, so that you can chart your progress. If you'd like me to fully evaluate your chart online, I'm now offering this service in my charting webinar.

Hang in there. I know that you've been trying for 2 years and that it's frustrating and discouraging. I find that it's helpful to look at this time with acupuncture treatments and herbs, as a new phase. Truly, it's very different TTC with professional, natural help than on your own.

Sending Baby Dust Your Way,
Amelia Hirota, Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist

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