Hi Dr. Said and interested readers,
Since we started fertility investigations in January 2012, and until my successful transfer in March 2013. My husband must have had about 10 complete or short sperm analyses. By "short" I mean the simple analysis of concentration and motility that they do on embryo retrieval day. They would all come back with remarkably similar results: 5 to 8M/ml concentration, motility just around the normal threshold and very poor morphology with 0 to 1% normal sperm. Varicocele surgery, vitamins, weight loss, and switching from briefs to boxers did not change a thing over that time.
When we came back for a 2nd baby and did a complete analysis in January 2015, we were not told the results in details but we were informed that they were "similar" to the 2013 results. We were approved for PICSI.
On embryo retrieval day (March 2015), we were told that the sample had 70M/ml and 75% motility. We had to mention our history of really bad morphology to make sure that they would stick to the PICSI plan.
Now my questions are as follows:
- Is it more likely that this was a lab mistake than an actual drastic improvement in sperm parameters?
- How likely is it that morphology has improved with concentration?
- What could explain such an improvement?
- Should we freeze a sample now for maybe IUI use that would cost way less that IVF in case parameters come down again?
- How likely is it that the parameters will remain high?