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#1 of 3 Old 01-08-2011, 06:42 PM - Thread Starter
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I had an early miscarriage in March 2010 and just found out I'm going to be miscarrying again (likely a blighted ovum - no baby on u/s at 7 or 8 weeks but have not miscarried yet).  Both losses, therefore, are early ones.  I do have low progesterone that was discovered after my first miscarriage and I was on it the months up to conceiving this baby and once I found out I was pregnant. My levels were being tested during this pregnancy and have been fine on the prometrium.  


My dh had a SA done months ago and they turned out fine.  But, he has diabetes and I've read that there is a relationship between diabetes and DNA damage in sperm which would not show up on a SA.  I'm wondering if both of my losses were chromosome issues, potentially related to poor sperm quality.  As a side note, my two full-term healthy babies that were both conceived the first month trying - I got a BFP at 11dpo with both of them and was already experiencing morning sickness that day (so i wouldn't be surprised if I could have gotten a BFP earlier).  Both of my losses though were very late BFPs and I've read the relationship between late implantation and miscarriage (although they don't seem clear on whether it is a progesterone issue or a chromosome issue).  But, with my first loss, I didn't get a BFP until 15dpo and with this one, I got 3 BFNs before finally getting a BFP at 17dpo.  Not sure if that's relevant or not...


Anyway, onto my question.  If dh does have DNA fragmentation issues in his sperm, I've read studies showing that antioxidants can help, particularly vitamin C and E.  He's been taking C but not E because I wasn't sure of a safe level.  I then started to wonder if there is just an "all in one" kind of supplement that is an antioxidant support for fertility.  The one study I read that used vitamins C and E to improve sperm quality gave 1 gram of both Vitamin C and E so I'd think something similar to that in a supplement would be good but didn't know if there was anything else that might be helpful.  Thanks!

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Hi CallieOllie! I'm new to the forum but just read your post. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and I hope that things go well for you soon! One of the things my husband started taking was the vitamin E at 400IU. He has noticed a dramatic increase in the sperm volumn - he noticed this about a week after taking. I believe his other levels were fine but you may want to try the E. You never know what will help!

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ugh, sorry for you trials :(


a classic sperm-enhancing anti-oxidant is pycogenal (pine seed extract)


other DH supps are: zinc, l-arginine, l-cartinine, vit e and selenium


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