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My husband and I have been trying for about a year and a half to get pregnant. I finally went to the OB/GYN and started the workup. My lab test came back good. My husband had a semen analysis done that has grades iv thru grade i, plus an inactive category.

Grade iv= 10%
Grade iii= 20%
Grade ii= 30%
Grade i= 10%
Inactive= 30%

What does this mean? All I know is my doctor's nurse told us that was okay for motility... Is it?


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replied December 18th, 2009
Infertility Answer A8579
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Grade 4 sperm quality and motility is best and inactive is worst. So a grade 3 and grade 4 sperm analysis is good for conceiving. This is what your husband’s reports must have been if the nurse said that the motility was good. Hope this helps. Take care!

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