Things that are dealing with Male Factor Infertility August 2015 Update

Thursday, August 6

I've been thinking a lot about Male Factor Infertility and our situation. Chase and I both don't know a lot about male factor infertility (MFI), and I know every situation dealing with Male Factor is different. But this is our situation, and the only one I really know about.

It's been roughly 4 months after Chase has been off of the medication from the clinical trial we were participating in. We haven't gotten pregnant on our own yet. I was hopeful the first month (and that was when I wrote this post because I was heartbroken). I was scared to death the second month, and now I'm back to where I was BEFORE we were going to be trying on our own again - which is being content where we are in life right now.

Since the clinical trial, we got Chase on a strong dose of Zinc and Folic Acid (you can find them here and here on Amazon) - he takes 30mg of Zinc and 5mg of Folic Acid. Since Chase had a break from the medicine from the trial to us finding the correct dosage it was about 1-2 month delay. Because sperm regeneration is every 3 months, his sperm from the trial (that were super sperm) are gone, and now we have to wait another month before the dosage starts having an effect on him again. We still think that there is a possible vericocele, but we won't know for sure until we go see another reproductive endocrinologist (RE).


In the 4 months that have gone by my feelings and things happening have seemed really odd. I think certain things happened for a reason and in a way to help get me to be distracted from not being pregnant. Let me explain: The first month (April) I was heartbroken of course - but we had friends staying with us, so I was distracted (but was still hurting on the inside). In April/May I had been really sick for almost a week, and so I was worried about getting better - and then aunt flo (AF) decided to visit shortly after I started recovering so because I was so focused on getting better I wasn't really upset about AF coming. In May/June I injured my knee and have been so focused on getting back to running that I wasn't really focusing on what was happening with my body. In July we were anticipating our appointment with a new RE, so we were really just relying on that appointment. Yes, they were distractions from the whole pregnancy thing, but I think it all happened for a reason and I'm perfectly okay with it too. Chase on the other hand wasn't too affected by it.

We just recently had an appointment with our new RE (Dr. Foulk). In the appointment he mentioned that we did Femara with 2 cycles, but didn't do anything as far as sperm goes. So we had the egg, but not the sperm, so we wasted 2 cycles doing that. Then Chase got with the clinical trial, and it boosted his sperm, but we didn't do any treatments for me. So we had the sperm, but not the egg. So this time (and with insurance hopefully working...) we are going to do it right... We'll have the sperm (SA) + the egg (Femara, hCG, Progesterone Suppositories) = outcome of a baby. Basically we are going to do 3 rounds of IUI.

Dr. Foulk was really worried about me, and my ovarian reserve level. I guess it is a bit lower than what my aged women have in their own bodies.. He was also worried about my fallopian tubes not working properly. He said they may be clear (from the HSG), but not functioning properly.

I seriously was so impressed by him, and his ability to explain it on a level for Chase and I to get. He didn't say the only way for us to have kids is through IVF (which a previous RE had said), he said we're gonna try IUI, and if that doesn't work then we'll meet back here in 3 months.

We are both very hopeful, but also a little frazzled. I'm not 100% ready for the emotional roller coaster for the 3 cycles - and maybe we'll get pregnant on the first try! But I'm still not sure how to emotionally handle all this. I've been a bit of an emotional mess the past 3-4 days, and I don't think I can handle much more of it. I'm ready to have a family. I'm ready for things to finally change.

Yeah, I didn't really want to have to do an IUI to get pregnant. Isn't that the greatest! Getting pregnant with the doctor in the room? Trials with humor! That's the only way to get through them!

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There really isn't anything else that we can do, but laugh, and enjoy the journey. So here are a few of my favorite infertility funnies (You can find them all on my infertility board on Pinterest):

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