Concerns over my fertility !!!!
I am new to this forum and I am looking for some advice if anybody would be so kind as to shine a very bright light over my query.
I had a fertility test carried out last year after me and my partner were trying for a baby for nearly 2 years. My partner already has 2 x children but we are desperate to have our own bundle of joy.
I was told not sustain from sex/masturbation for a minimum of 2-3 days before submitting my sperm test. I didnt take any notice of this and had sex with my partner a day before I submitted my test.
The first test result came back showing a sperm count of 19miliion
Because I was unsure I submitted a second test a few months later and again (rather stupidly) ejaculated a night before I submitted the test
This test result came back showing a sperm count of 15million
I decided to visit the urologist on fertility at the hospital and according to the 'expert' he more or less laughed off my panic and concerns and said to me that I am NOT infertile and that I was worrying over nothing, he explained that it would just take a little longer than some people for us to conceive !!!!! .....
I do masturbate very frequently indeed and wondered if this would effect my sperm count???
I also have a few questions which I require answering as I am going crazy thinking about this constantly.
1) SHOULD I BE WORRIED AS THE DOCTOR SAID I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT ?
2) DID THE FACT THAT I EJACULATED A DAY BEFORE MY TEST LOWER THE SPERM COUNT SLIGHTLY ?
3)IF THE AVERAGE SPERM COUNT ACCORDING TO THE 'WHO' USED TO BE 15MILLION .......AND NOW IT IS 20MILLION DO I STILL HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT?
Please please please can somebody help me on this and pass on ANY advice professional or personal !!!!!!! as I desperatley want a child of my own
Many Many thanks in advance
Hello Carpediem, welcome to HP.
Infertility is of increasing concern these days. Our bodies are under attack from environmental pollutants that have never been met before and who knows what the long term effects are. Added to this with increasing pressures on agricultural production the mineral content of our food is depleted ([url]see here[/url]), junk food with additives - all of which affect fertility.
Frequent ejaculation will cause the body to lose about 3mg of zinc each time - this is a mineral essential to the production of sperm and some 300 other functions in the body helping enzymes to work. Daily average intake tends to be only about 2/3rds of the recommended daily allowance (most of us are depleted in zinc) so the likelihood of a poor sperm count in many men is not a surprise! Unfortunately this is unlikely to taught is medical schools!
Have a look on more details (OK I know it is geared towards women, but ther male aspect is briefly covered), particularly under diet - ref alcohol, caffeine, xenoestrogens, and smoking; then supplements, ref zinc, selenium and essential fatty acids - essential to sperm formation and foetal growth!
Stress is another thing that upsets hormonal balance - if either of you is particularly stressed then get this sorted out too.
I suggest it is very possible to get all this sorted!
If you have problems after changing your diet for the better and taking a good quality multivitamin/multimineral supplement (not anything from the chemist or supermarket but ask at a healthfood shop), extra zinc, plus essential omega oils (omega-3 fish oil, and omega-6 borage or evening primrose oil), cutting out junk foods and eating lots of fruit and veg to get all the phytonutrients you need, then see a [url]registered nutritional therapist [/url]to help get things sorted for you.
Any specific questions about your tests are best addressed to those who did them for you.
I don't think it's anything is worry about, sometimes guys experience some bouts of hormonal imbalance. I heard that exercising will help a bunch to reduce stress level. And maybe you are not sleeping enough? There are some supplements you can take to increase fertility - or get a doctor's advice.