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Bike-riding husband - TTC
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:19 PM
DH and I have been trying for 3 months (still early days I know!) with no luck yet. DH cycles to work, and I do wonder if that's affecting his swimmers - particularly in this hot weather!
WDYT - should I ask him to give up cycling and catch the bus to work (he really hates the bus!) until we have success? Wait and see and if we keep having no luck get tested to check the quality of the 'ingredients'?
I'm doing everything I can to prepare my body for a baby (including avoiding alcohol which has been a PITA over the festive season!) so I don't think it's unreasonable for him to make a few changes too.
But on the other hand the cycling is his daily exercise, and I know it's better for him to stay active and healthy.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:44 PM
Wow, never thought of it before, but just did a quick google search & a correlation between cycling & sperm quality has been found to exist! They're not sure if its the seat or the tight shorts, or both. They tested triathletes & the swimming & running seemed ok, but the cycling did the damage.
Maybe he could catch the bus part of the way, but walk / run the rest, so he still gets the exercise, and also has to spend less time on the bus?
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:01 PM
I think you're seriously over thinking it! Even if your timing is perfect there is only about a 25% chance of getting pregnant each month. Try to be patient and give it a few more months. Good luck!
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:16 PM
If probably give it a but longer before trying to "blame" something. My DH is a commuter cyclist and we conceived in 3Rd, 1St and 2nd cycle with our three.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:19 PM
Never heard of it, but give it time. You're only 3mths in.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:25 PM
If you're worried it might be worth getting his sperm checked - if it's normal then you can (both) relax, if any abnormalities then you have something you can change.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:29 PM
Thanks - I know it's early days and I think I'm getting so impatient because my Mum keeps going on about how all the women in my family fall pregnant right away! Each time she stopped contraception she was pregnant in the first month....Not helpful Mum!
He rides for about 25 mins each way, so all up 4ish hours a week, sometimes more if he goes for a ride on the weekend, but he hasn't done that much lately because it's too hot. He's not a lycra wearer so it's not tight shorts, but his bike seat is just leather over plastic - I can't ride his bike because the seat hurts! Probably being a lycra wearer would help - with the padding in the bike shorts.
I read that he should avoid cycling in What to expect before you're expecting and it just got me paranoid that it might be a problem.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:31 PM
Before asking him to give up an important and healthy part of his lifestyle, I would be getting a sperm analysis done to see if there is a problem. Shame to give up cycling if he has fabulous swimmers. Your GP can give you a referral but you'd probably need to wait a bit longer. It takes the average fertile couple 7 months to conceive on average, so give it a few more months!
PS there is a supplement called 'Menevit' (made by the company which make Elevit) which is a vitamin supplement for men to help make good sperm. He could give that a try.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:43 PM
If it hasn't happened after a year then I might see if stopping helped but I wouldn't at this early stage.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:57 PM
OP: Put down the 'What To Expect...' and step carefully away...
The only resource that will make you more crazy than WTEWYE is Dr Google
Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:08 AM
The dr wouldnt give you a refarall this early as it iis 1 year of trying for under 35's and 6 month for 35+ ladies but I have never head of cycling affecting fertlity
Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:32 AM
I have a number of relatives who are elite cyclists (think tour de france & olympic levels) & the only one of them who had trouble conceiving children was due to female infertility factors (PCOS).
It's only been 3 months & to be honest I'd still go with cycling being healthy.
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