Hello lovely ladies and gents,
Mr Llama and I want to share our experience in the hope that it might help or at least reassure some of you out there that improving sperm is possible! It seems there's been almost no medical research done in this area so here's a personal case study for you...
We started on our ivf journey a year ago with the news that hubby's sperm was 'too low in every way' for us to conceive naturally and that ivf would be our only chance of getting preggers. (That was a baaaaad day.) The count was around 3 million with very low motility (progressive swimmers 3%).
I asked the doc if vitamins or a lifestyle change would help and he shrugged. The next thing we know, the focus is only on me and Mr Llama's swimmers are basically left to paddle in his guilt. So we started on the ivf rollercoaster journey. But we'd done a bit of research and hubby started on the vitamins:
Daily: folic acid, cod liver oil and high dosage zinc.
Regularly but not daily: high dosage vitamin c, selenium and co enzyme q10. Also macha powder in smoothies.
He also cut back on the booze and caffiene (but didn't give up completely) and had an acupuncture session every couple of weeks or so. We also made sure we had sex a couple of times a week even when I wasn't fertile to keep the little swimmers nice and fresh.
4 months later sperm count and motility had improved but were still low.
Another 4 months and at egg collection we were told the sperm on that day were much better - to the point that they did half ivf and half icsi rather than all icsi as had been planned.
And now, 11 months later, we requested another test and the scores are in! Count is up to 50 million with 66% motility and 56% progressive motiliy. Wowza! Considering where we'd started this was a massive improvement.
Sadly we still haven't managed to conceive but while we continue with ivf (might as well as we have another frostie to pop back in) we now also have the hope that it might happen naturally after all.
Of course, we don't know if it was all of these things that made the difference or just one. We're keeping it all up just to be sure!
So, huge improvements are possible! X