Will I be pregnant by next fall?
I finally had the phone consult with Dr. Green. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. After checking out all of our medical records, everything looked good to him except our SA's (sperm analysis). Apparently the criteria the lab has been using is from 1992, and it's not a complete analysis anyway. Both of those, mixed with low post-was counts point toward a problem...and it's not with me. The majority of the conversation was spent talking about IVF being our best option because of possible MFI (male factor infertility). I listened to the facts, and I tried to have an open mind, but I couldn't help thinking "don't you need to thouraly test us before you give us the IVF speach?"
Of course in order to prove his suspicions our next step would be to to visit a specialist and get ourselves a proper SA. And I'm trying to keep in mind that Dr. Green is just doing his job and giving us the facts, but we don't want to be pushed into something as drastic as IVF without getting fully tested-in person-before we proceed with anything. He did give us a few reasons why we would be wasting our money to continue with IUI's though:
- We have yet to work with anyone that specializes in infertility. So although they know the basic information, they may not be up to date on thier research or procedures.
- An IUI should not be done with less than 5 million sperm. Our highest count was 2 million.
- Even with a good egg turn out and good sperm, each IUI only has a 15% success rate. I only produced one egg each time, and our count was low.
- With my single eggs, and our post-wash counts, we've been looking at a 4% success rate each cycle. So it's possible, but not probable for an IUI to work for us.
Would we ever do IVF? Probably not. Is our sperm inadequate and the reason we aren't pregnant after almost two years? Possibly. If that's our only problem, can vitamins alone improve our count enough to get pregnant on our own? Maybe. Will we be pregnant by next fall? I hope so.
"Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will."
-Dr. Robert Anthony