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  1. I too read about the Day 4 sperm kicking in stuff...and I asked my RE Nurse and she said they select the "best sperm for ISCI". Rather nebulous statement since I know its not like they look at the DNA to verify its normal.

    There is a process for doing that though. I have read about it. It costs a bit more and they actually look more in detail at the sperm. As I write this I think I will ask my DE person about that process. I don't recall what it is called though :-(

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  2. Hi there, this is my first time on your blog. I found you following a comment from someone else's. We are also dealing with MFI and are due to see a specialist next week to find out the next steps. I am glad I found you and I will look forward to following your journey with you.

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  3. What you wrote is really intriguing to me. Our first IVF used ICSI, and only 3 of 8 mature eggs developed. We did a day 3 transfer of the two that remained at that point, and it ended in a chemical. My DH has sperm issues - Anti-sperm Antibodies, low motility and morphology. His counts aren't bad - on the low side, but not too low. He's taken steroids to help with the ASA, and takes a men's multi-vitamin and only drink a few drinks a week at most. I think there are things men can do to help, if they have bad habits such as using a lap top a lot, taking really hot showers or using hot tubs, drinking excessively, smoking, using recreational drugs, etc. Just like women who are TTC, they have to eat well, take their vitamins and generally take good care of themselves.

    As far as ICSI - I don't know exactly what they look for when selecting which sperm to use. I just know that the people doing it are specialists/experts and know what they're looking for.

    And on the alcohol question, my RE has a post on their site about this. Here is the link: http://www.ivfpittsburgh.com/newsletters/autumn_2011.html

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    1. Thanks for the link! I checked it out and they're talking about the same study that I had read earlier in the week.

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  4. I don't have an expert answer, but my husband has low EVERYTHING. With our first IVF with ICSI we ended up with 7 good embryos. BFN with all three transfers. With IVF #2 with ICSI we had 4 good embryos. I got my BFP yesterday. :) So yes, it can work. I don't know what worked this time.

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    1. Wow! That's such good news for you Leigh. Thanks for your comments too - I keep thinking that this whole thing is really just one big gamble!! You must be over the moon with your BFP :-)

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  5. My DH was diagnosed with less than 1% normal morphology so we went straight to IVF. Our IVF failed (although we had a much higher fert rate with ICSI than natural) and FET was a chem pg. However, Injects/IUI (at IVF level meds) gave us our son and hopefully baby #2. I truly believe that baby aspirin for me and a better diet/exercise helped my DH's issues. I wish you the best!!

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  6. We have low count, morpology, motility, etc. We have been told by multiple REs that none of it affects ICSI, and that we can havea successful pregnancy with his issues. I mean he's bad too, like multiple heads, missing tails, etc. So who knows for sure....

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