Posted Feb 19, 2006
When my husband and I got married, we
both knew right away that we wanted to start a family.
I figured since I was 29 and my husband was 31 (and
he already has a 8 year old daughter), getting pregnant
would not be a problem. You can imagine my surprise
when after a year of ttc - trying to conceive - I was
still not pregnant.
I knew in my gut that something was wrong. So I decided
to see a fertitlity specialist (even though my husband
thought I was just being impatient). My doctor thought
we were just having bad luck, but she soon started to
change her mind. After a series of tests and cleaning
out my tubes, they could not find anything wrong with
me. At my doctors suggestion, my husband went and had
analysis - the results weren't good - he not only
had a low sperm count, but he also had low mobility
(motility) and a high amount of abnormal sperm. Needless
to say, we were both crushed.
Again, at my doctor's urging, we went to see a male
fertilty specialist. It turns out that my husband
has a condition called Varicacele (varicocele) - varicose
veins in the testicles. After much dilberation, my husband
has decided to have surgery in hopes of fixing the condition,
but in the meantime, we have decided to try our first
IUI (my husband's surgery isn't for another month and
after that, we won't be able to try again for 3-6 more
For the past 2 weeks I have been giving myself Gonal-F
shots, and then the hCG shot to make myself ovulate.
The doctor said I had 2 follicles, and we did the IUI
this past Monday. It turns out that the day of the
IUI my husband had a sperm count of 50 million and good
motility (go figure), so we are keeping our fingers
crossed that I will be pregnant at the end of this month!
Good luck to all of you who are trying to get pregnant
and congratulations to all of you who have conceived!