I just wanted to share something with you, in case it might help. My husband and I have been TTC #2 for about two years. We got tested this last summer and his SA came back below average - not terrible, but not good. Per the doctor's orders, he started taking vitamins - L Carnatine, Zinc and Vitamin D3 - and his numbers got up to the just normal range. His count was fine, it was his morphology and motility that were sub-par.
This was our second month of IUIs - we decided to give his swimmers a leg up by putting them as close to the target as possible! The first month, I had three eggs (was on Clomid), two IUIs and it didn't work. This month, I had two eggs (and vowed to never take Clomid again as it made me feel like life was over) and two IUIs and it WORKED! But there's a piece of the puzzle that I wanted to share.
My husband is a vegetarian - has been for over 10 years. I got him to start going to acupuncture a few months back. Our acupuncturist told him that in Chinese Medicine, red meat (quality red meat) has a huge affect on male virility and sperm quality (which apparently Chinese Medicine is obsessed with, or so she said). She said that there is something about the energy and warming quality of the meat that helps the sperm do their job and makes a man with sperm issues more virile. She said that if he wanted to see a significant change, that he needed to be eating red meat 3-4 times per week. I told her good luck with getting him to do that! But he did!! He started slow and only ate beef jerky and steak tacos.
Cut to just a few weeks later and we got his SA numbers for the two IUIs last month and his motility had gone from 50% being motile to 80%!! That was a huge shift!
Now, we will never know what did it for us - maybe it was just our time, maybe it was us having sex before I ovulated, maybe it was the IUIs, maybe it was the meat, maybe it was the acupuncture - who knows. But what I do know is that he saw an improvement in his sperm quality in a few short weeks.
I just wanted to throw it out there in case there are others who may be in the same boat :)
P.S. After eating meat, my husband noticed quite a few health improvements (and he is a healthy guy who takes tons of supplements) - so much so that he may continue to eat it here and there. I thought that would never happen! He was a happy vegetarian and now he's a healthy, happy flexitarian with a baby on the way!
Edited by happy2bamama - 2/4/13 at 1:43pm