Thursday, December 4, 2014

a low tech way to improve male factor infertility

before i started this blog, there was a brief period of time in which we thought my husband’s sperm was to blame for our infertility. his initial semen analysis tests showed low motility and morphology. at one point, an urologist even suggested that he undergo surgery for a varicocele (40% of men having trouble conceiving have one).  we did a lot of research to understand what hubby could be doing differently to improve his sperm quality.

what we found in our research was that heat and the sperm do not play well together. since my hubby is a cyclist (at the time he was racing motocross) and a firefighter, working in heavy gear in high temperatures, i really was concerned that he wasn’t keeping the sperm makers cool enough. that his sperm were being overheated. or damaged. i read about truck drivers having issues with their sperm because they sit so much in hot trucks.

but it wasn’t realistic to think that he was going to give up his job or hobbies because we were trying to conceive. he avoided hot bathes and hot tubs. he took supplements, asian herbs and reduced the number of hours that he was sitting on the bike seat. over time, his motility and morphology numbers improved. after about 6 months, our RE no longer thought that my husband’s sperm were playing a role in our inability to conceive.

in our case, lifestyle changes and alternative treatments helped to improve my husband’s sperm quality. it is for that reason (and because many of my readers are still in the trenches struggling with male factor or unknown infertility) that we’d like to share a new product that may be able to help your spouses’ swimmers.

the product is called snowballs (yes, a very fun, quirky name) and they are cooling underwear for men to help lower scrotum temperature and improve fertility. snowballs are designed using thin, organic cotton and can be comfortably worn all day. the snow wedges (the cooling mechanism) should be frozen and worn about 2 hours each day.

research shows that the testes of men with fertility problems tend to be warmer by an average of one degree celsius. if that temperature can be lowered on a consistent basis, fertility should improve.

if snowballs had been on the market four years ago, we definitely would have tried them to help improve my husband’s sperm quality. hopefully this product can help you save you from needing IVF or help improve your IVF success rates.  can’t hurt, right??!

if you're interested in trying this product, snowballs is offering DofD readers a 10% discount using the discount code: dimples10.

baby dust to all my ttc sisters!


Krystal Sullivan said...

I never thought I'd ever say something like this - but snowballs could possibly be one of the coolest things I've ever heard of (no pun intended). Thanks for sharing!

Natalie Higginbotham said...

Interesting! We started this journey with husband being "perfect" and then a roller coaster of mostly motility issues - count was above average. I think the stress over the years has affected this. I've also read that WIFI can damage sperm as well? Our IVF clinic recommended limited laptop use or to put a pillow or table in between.

JoJo said...

What an interesting product.

Ashley @ Life on the Parsons Farm said...

Great product!! I'll have to check it out. But hopefully we won't need it....praying for tomorrow. Fingers crossed

Jessica said...

I wish we had this when DH had his sperm aspiration surgery! We had to make our own "snowballs". Haha! Too bad I wasn't smart enough to invent this myself. :)

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

I have seen these before!! Christmas present for Colby maybe? ;)

Kelli Gilbert said...

this is so interesting! i had no idea! glad I found your blog!

Emily said...

THe name of that product....too perfect! Love it!

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness, too funny!

Janna Renee said...

LMAO. That is priceless. My husband would like those because he's always hot.

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