Hey there smille,
Goodthing you told your hubby. How did he take the news? I think it will be good to see the urologist. the more info you can get,the better!! There maybe some meds or supplements he can try.Trust yourself that you know yourself best, and if you feel that more time trying IUI is worthwhile, then by all means you should listen to your instincts and give it a fair chance before going the IVF route.
Robinsonmom, welcome! Sounds like youve also had a long road too. I hear you about being more relaxed. For once this month, im notfeeling that old anxious feeling of trying to figure out what day im going to ovulate and trying to calculate the best time to dtd and getting frustrated when hubby cant or doesnt want to BD. Thats all gone now that ive handed over my fertility to a doctor. Just need to show up to my appointments and do what they tell me to do. Please keep us updated about your journey.
Tonight was my last Femara dose. Dont really feel any different, so we shall see after next monday. Thanks for the support!
Lauren- he was very upset at first, but he's doing much better. We still have hope. We found a supplement with vitamins and antioxidants to help boost numbers and morphology. I ordered some bc he'll need to start taking those right away. We're not doing any treatment next month bc it's winter and the travel is too much in these conditions. We'll pick it back up in March and if his numbers don't increase then he'll see a urologist.
Robinsonmom- I remember you from another thread. How are you? I'm sad to hear you haven't gotten a bfp yet .
I'm sure the news was very hard for him to take. You sound like you are giving him great support though. He's lucky to have you. Good idea with the supplements. Probably won't hurt for him to take a men's multivitamin as well. I got my DH to start taking them as well - the Dr. wasn't too concerned and said they probably won't help in any way, but I figure they can't hurt.
So I got some slightly upsetting news today. My doctor called to say that my bloodwork came back - there's no underlying cause for my ovarian reserve to be low, so that's good I guess. But also he said I am a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. I about laughed. Seriously? It's like "bring it on" now with all the bad news I've gotten (a year of disappointment TTC, diagnosis with DOR, low AMH, hubby's questionable sperm, etc.). And now this. Good news is if my hubby is not a carrier, which would supposedly be quite rare, that our children would only have a chance of being carriers as well. If he is also a carrier, we have a 25% chance of having a child with Cystic Fibrosis. And so if he is, we'd go straight to IVF with pre-genetically tested embryos. So I guess that's a small consolation, and actually a luxury people just having babies "the old fashioned" way would never get to have prior to conception. We have to go to a genetic counselor to have further testing done (Jan 25). I asked if we should skip the IUI this month since we dont know my hubby's bloodwork yet...but he said he's quite confident that the likelihood we both are carriers is very slim, and even if so, the chances of us conceiving on any given month is only 10%...so he's ok with us going thru with it this time.
All these doctors appointments are making me stressed - my bosses said they would work with me, but already I feel like I've asked for too many exceptions to my work schedule. And I'm sure this is only the beginning...
Ovidrel shot came today. All the packaging and needle disposal kinda freaked me out. Like this is real now...So on we go on this crazy journey. My friend brings her baby home from the hospital today; I get a fertility injectable. Ironic.
I opted out of the cf testing. The less I know, the better.
I hear you on these dr appts. Luckily I'm done for awhile. I got a blood draw order so I can go to the lab near my home, because driving 2 hrs away during the winter won't be happening. I hope your employer remains patient with you.
These supplements had raving reviews from multiple websites so I'm hoping they help. We may try another IUI in March and if his count is still not good we will seek help from the urologist. It may be an internal problem that may require surgery. Ivf isn't an option right now.
Hey! Just thought I'd check in to see how u guys are doing.
Smile - so did your husband get some bad sperm results? It's hard news to take. Aside from the multi vitamins and high zinc - my husband (who had the same) took COq10.. And actually so did I..
Ah Lauren - I know exactly what it's like when you're finding it tough and then you find out about the cF gene. At least you know. It sucks though hearing every obstacle. And yeah people's baby news always comes at the worst possible time!
I get my first blood test tmw to check levels for FET but I imagine I'll have to go in a few times - I have no idea but I think they need to know exactly when I have ovulated.. Then they put the embryo in 5 days after that.. Because it's 5 days old when it was frozen(. Yikes when you think of it like that it's kind of weird.. But anyway, try not to think of it like that - try to think of it like we're so lucky to be able to use science and how far it's come.
His count post wash was 2.86 mil. The cpn who performed the iui said we have no chance of conceiving and we need to consider ivf. That isn't an option for us right now. We're going to try supplements, if that doesn't work we'll see a urologist.
I'm just mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted and I've come to the point where I want to give up.
A very long journey and it happened out of the blue. Had an early mc and after 2 cycles AF just stop showing up not only is it a reminder of my lost but my inability to conceive. I've tried several things which was around the time I joined bnb and met smile. Hi Smile! Tested negative for pcos and any imbalances ready to move forward with clomid. Sorry to see you're still having trouble as well Smile. I am a firm believer things happen for a reason. Miranda hope your blood test went well. Lauren thanks for the warm welcome. Still waiting for AF to come so I can start. I didn't want to pay for the meds to induce AF so I am inducing it myself with Chaste Berry.
Ohhh smile I'm really sorry to hear that.. I hope your husband is ok. I got the same news that we wouldn't be able to conceive naturally. I went and saw this dietician who specialises in fertility. I'm not at home now but I'll check to see what dose she had given him for the zinc.. It was pretty high like 90 (over the recommended daily allowance of 60) to bump him up a little bit. It's not impossible though I've seen couples get pregnant on here when they've been told there's no chance naturally and they were about to turn to IVF.
If IVF isn't an option for u right now, make all the other stuff count like, get him on the c0q10. Another thing for him to realise is that's it's really common and to support him. I probably didn't do this the best when we found out my husband's results. But he was good after that he gave up drinking a lot and started to exercise. I think I even had him on the Royal jelly..
Lauren.. You must be getting close to an egg pick up soon! During the extraction they had me on drugs.. Actually I kept talking through it she had to remind me to lay still! After it I did get a bit of pain in my tummy but nothing major.. I did have to have a hot water bottle handy for a day on my tummy. Also, I found going to the toilet #1 and specially #2 pretty sore.. So make sure you're having some high fibre foods and lots of water so it's all a bit easier. But nothing to worry about at all!! We'll be here in the 5 day wait - that's the hard part.
Oh I forgot.. Robin hope your period shows up soon so u can start.
I don't get another blood test till tomorrow.. I think I'm day 13 then.. Then they make sure they know when ovulation is.. And then they put it in 5 days later.. Because that's how old it is. So weird! I didn't know they wait 5 days - stands to reason.
I hear you about wanting to give up. It can be so discouraging. Do your best to do what you can with the information you have. Try the supplements, try more IUI, take a break if you need to. Then dust yourself off and move ahead with the next option when you're ready. My doctor said to me when we started, "there's always another option." I just feel like we have to try each option, then move to the next. Each step will have it's share of challenges and letdowns I'm sure. If it turns out that we end up that we are at our last option, and we are facing adoption, then we'll deal with that then. Hopefully (HOPEFULLY!!) we can have a family of our own flesh and blood, and I hope the same for you and your husband as well. Hugs to you. I am with you all the way
Robinsonmom, hope your period starts soon so you can start your Clomid.
Miranda, Good luck on the blood test. So you are doing IVF? We are cycle sisters I am day 12 today! I am not getting any eggs taken yet. We are starting first with IUI. Tomorrow is day 13, so I am going in for an ultrasound to see my folicles. I am supposed to do an OPK before going, and I am taking my Ovidrel shot with me. They said if I'm "ready", they'll give it to me then, then the insemination will be a few days later. This will be interesting!
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