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Trying to conceive. Done fertility test. Taking CoQ and fish oil. Help?

Hello – my wife and I have been TTC for a little over a year now with no success. We decided to go to Fertility Center of IL; her results all came out positive, even tho she has one ovary (left one). My results came from the SA test were 47.7 Million (Count), 62% ( Motility ) and 2% (Morphology) – I was told my sperm morphology is low as the avg is 14%. I was also told to take CoQ-10 and Fish Oil. Would this really improve my Morphology? And if so, how long until we would be able to conceive? I would really, really appreciate some answers!! Thank you!!!
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Mar 2013
Thanks for your query.
Sperm morphology — the size and shape of sperm — is one of the things checked in a semen analysis for male infertility. Sperm morphology results are reported as the percentage of sperm that appear normal when semen is viewed under a microscope.

Normal sperm have an oval head with a long tail. Abnormal sperm have head or tail defects — such as a large or misshapen head or a crooked or double tail. These defects may affect the ability of the sperm to reach and penetrate an egg.

However, having a large percentage of misshapen sperm isn't uncommon; in fact, if your sperm sample contains only 4 percent "morphologically normal forms," it's considered normal.

Morphology is just one piece of a fertility analysis and, by itself, does not determine fertility. Other important factors checked in a sperm analysis are:

Semen volume
Total sperm number
Sperm concentration
Vitality of sperm
Motility of sperm
If a semen analysis shows irregularities in any of these areas, a wait-and-see approach is generally tried first. Another semen analysis is usually done after four to six weeks to see whether sperm quality has improved on its own. If there are still abnormalities, tests may be necessary to look for an underlying problem.

Common causes include Infections

High fever

Usage of illegal drugs

Alcohol consumption

Congenital testicular abnormalities

Varicocele – Enlargement of veins within the scrotum

Toxin exposure causes reduced sperm motility

Cigarette smoke causes abnormal morphology

Organic solvents causes coiled tails

An assessment by a Urologist is a must for diagnosis and treatment.

Even with abnormal sperm morphology, motility problems or a low sperm count, it's important to remember that an abnormal semen analysis does not mean you are infertile. Many men with low semen analysis values are still able to father children. It just may take longer, a year or more. If you and your partner aren't able to conceive through sexual intercourse, assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization may be an option.
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