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:p Hi all

As you know my poor hubbie found out 6 weeks ago that his sperm count is 4 million, with 20% motility, just by chance.  He has lots of 'jelly like' clumped together bits present, and i read on the internet that sperm which appears to be all joined together can be caused by antibodies attacking them, or an infection.  It gives my hubbie pain sometimes, but after intercourse the pain is relieved, but were left with some jelly bits.  Has anyone experienced this before????  Doctor gave us antibiotics, the pain is better, but not completely gone.  Does anyone know about antibodies attacking sperm??? And if so what can be done about it????  Hope this message is ok, it is very hard to describe this in a sensitive way.

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Hi Tam
Sorry to hear that your DH has pain - but he has done the right thing in seeing GP.  It sounds like if the pain has been eased by the antibiotics then he may have had an infection and hence antibodies.  If he still gets pain go back to GP as he may need to see a urologist for 2nd opinion.  My dp has antibodies and we don't know why. It may have been caused by an injury when he was a child, its even been suggested that he may have a partial blockage or a varicose vein may not be helping or it  may be none of these!!  It seems that quite a few men have antibodies which when in low numbers are not so much of a problem, but when they are present in large amounts they interfere with motility and shape of the sperm which makes getting pregnant extremely difficult. If sperm is badly affected, a specialist will usually recommend icsi (sperm is washed and then one sperm injected directly into egg) to get around the issue.

The important thing is to get things checked out - which you are, and if need be go to a specialist clinic and/or get hubbie referred to someone if pain does not go away.

Good luck with it all Tam
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Hi Tam,

Sorry to hear about your DH. We found out recently that my DH has a problem with antibodies too. He had a semen analysis done at a private clinic which picked up the fact that there was 100% agglutination of the sample due to antibodies. ICSI is our only option.  :(

This can be caused by a number of things: infection, physical injury to the nether regions, variocele, even vasectomy reversal. Antibodies are produced when the blood/testes barrier is breached. The sperm are seen as a threat and the body the produces antibodies to counteract them. A low percentage of agglutination is not always a problem but higher ones are. Unfortunately there is no cure; whilst antibiotics may get rid of an infection, they are unlikely to remove the antibodies.

The MAR (mixed agglutination reaction) test for IgG and IgA are the specific tests which find antibodies. (Also called the Immunobead Test). Don't think these are routine on the NHS but don't quote me on that! The IgG antibodies cause clumping but don't necessarily affect the sperm quality. Not sure about the IgA, cos that did not affect us, and they did not go into it much at the time.

Perhaps it would be worth going to a private clinic for a semen analysis. We decided that the cost was offset by the fact that we could get the test done at our convenience, and get the results fast!

Good luck  :)

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Thank u both for the interesting information, my DH's pain does seem to be ceasing now, and the amount of jelly bits is a great deal lower.  Don't know what has happened, but he did suffer with some kidney stones a couple of months ago, perhaps that did something?????  But we must get checked out again if the problem continues.  Thanks again, and all the best with your treatments.

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hi my DH has antisperm antibodies 100% we had 6 yrs of fertility treatment 6 attempts at iui & 2 at ivf which all failed, 4 months later i fell pregnant naturally what a shock! my DD is 8 yrs old now we are just having another attempt at ivf age is catching up with us! it only takes 1 sperm to get away and thats it took long enough though 
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Hi Aggy,

All I can say is WOW!!!! :eek: ;D

We were going to just carry on trying whilst waiting for Ivf/Icsi to start, but found out in the meantime that I have immune issues which mean it is just not going to happen for us without ridiculously expensive drugs from the States.

Good luck with the sibling!

Jo.
 
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