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My Husband Has Low Sperm Count, and I Have PCOS How Can I Get pregnant.

Multiple factors can affect your capability to conceive. However, understanding the problem is the first step toward the desired result. It is not a reason to worry If you and your partner have been diagnosed with PCOS and low sperm motility. There are multiple other couples like you and multiple options available to you. Around 20 women have a polycystic ovary pattern (PCOS), and in around half of the couples who are having problems conceiving, the cause of pregnancy is sperm-related. 

Understand PCOS and its effect on female fertility? 

PCOS is a common condition that affects a woman’s ovaries. An egg develops within and is released from a follicle in a normal ovary. Yet, in women with PCOS, multiple follicles are underdeveloped, meaning an egg can’t be released, so ovulation can’t take place. This causes a hormone imbalance, which can result in irregular menstrual cycles and difficulties in conceiving. 

Women with medical conditions like PCOS( polycystic ovary pattern) can be given expert information to enhance ovulation and help natural generality. Appropriate testing gives information and the ability to understand their situation and plan for the future. The couple can discuss future options with the capable team at ZIVA fertility center based on scientifically reliable results. 

The good news is that women with PCOS generally respond well to IVF treatment. They can respond too well to stimulation, which can cause Ovarian Hyperstimulation patterns (OHSS). Multiple PCOS cases are treated with our Mild Stimulation protocols, which include 5- 9 days worth of stimulating drugs rather than the 4- 5 weeks’ worth used in conventional IVF. This approach has the benefit of largely avoiding the risks of OHSS. An added advantage is that the body is less stressed out.

Understand low sperm count and its effect on male fertility? 

Low sperm count means semen contains lower sperm than normal, so the chances of natural pregnancy are lower during intercourse. Still, male factor infertility is not solely due to low sperm count. There may also be issues with morphology and/ or blockages in the sperm transport system.

Moreover, male pregnancy is constantly overlooked despite being a contributor to 50 pregnancy problems (and the sole cause in around 30 cases). 

How is low sperm count measured? 

  • A value lower than 15 million sperm per ml of semen qualifies for low sperm count. 
  • A value lower than 1 million/ ml of semen qualifies for a low sperm count. 
  • Low Sperm motility (the movement and swimming of sperm) is when the efficiency is lower than 32%. 
  • Semen with  97 or above, abnormal sperm morphology (head or tail defects) is also considered a low sperm count. 

What options are available for couples with PCOS and Low Sperm count?

 It’s uncommon to have both conditions, but it’s not unheard of. There are many options available to you if your mate has low sperm motility and you have PCOS, including 

  • Mild IVF – Minimal Stimulation IVF or Mini IVF or Gentle IVF is a special IVF protocol where hormone stimulation injections of low doses are used. The number of injections are less than compared to the standard IVF protocol. It is best suited for patients who have a low egg count.
  • Natural IVF – In this method, no drugs are required to stimulate the growth of follicles. This procedure follows the natural selection of the leading follicle.
  • Conventional IVF – This is the most widely used method for many patients. Drugs are given to the female partner to obtain multiple eggs and create multiple embryos to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
  • Intrauterine coition(IUI) –  Sperm that have been washed in the laboratory are placed directly in your uterus. The insertion should happen around the time your ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection(ICSI) – With the aid of a tiny needle, called a micropipette, a single sperm is injected into the centre of the egg. 
  • Fertility treatment with sperm donation – For any of the above techniques donor sperm can also be used. But this must be agreed upon before by the couple and work with the clinic to find the best donor sperm.

ICSI is a laboratory procedure whereby a single sperm is injected directly into the egg. In IVF, the egg and multiple sperm are left in the dish to fertilise themselves. 

How can IVF help you with your fertility problems? 

Many couples suffering from PCOS and low sperm count have succeeded with IVF. This is because IVF enables a man and a woman to maximise their chances of sperm and egg fertilising and considers your circumstances. Mild IVF reduces the trouble of OHSS that high stimulation treatments can lead to. For case, Mild IVF works alongside a woman’s natural cycle and uses lower dosages of fertility drugs to collect 6- 10 high-quality eggs. Lower drugs and a focus on quality over volume mean that women with a normal egg reserve, PCOS or endometriosis are suitable for mild IVF. Still, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team now, If you are curious about or interested in fertility treatments that produce excellent results. You can also have a fertility discussion, where our experts will counsel you and your partner about assisted fertility treatments. 

We, at ZIVA fertility centre, have expertise in handling these types of issues. We are with you throughout the journey, which starts with a consultation. We will guide you during the testing, discussion, planning, and execution till you have your bundle of joy. Please do consult us at +91-9100002737, +91-9392834024, or visit our website