Welcome to my very first ICLW!

I sort of unofficially participated in ICLW last month.  By which I mean I was not signed up, but I found lots of cool, new blogs and tried to leave as many nice comments as I could.

This month, I decided to go for it.

So if you’re here for the first time, let’s catch up a little, shall we:

  • Hubby was diagnosed with Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism (which is a fancy way of saying his pituitary gland doesn’t send out the right signals to produce testosterone and reproductive hormones) when he was 16.  He’d been getting testosterone replacement therapy on and off (mostly on) from that time right up until we started this whole “let’s (finally) try to have a baby” thing.  The testosterone effectively stops the body from producing any sperm.  At all.
  • Hubby got his last T injection in August, and after consulting with a urologist who specializes in fertility last September, started getting hCG injections twice a week, to which we added hMG in December.
  • He saw a specialist in January who basically laughed at the dosages he was getting, increased one, reduced the other, and changed the injection schedule to 3x/week.
  • We won’t know if the combination of the two meds is having any effect until Hubby gets bloodwork and a new SA mid-April.
  • Until then, I’m documenting our journey, especially my own crazy emotions about the whole thing, while we just wait…

Take a look around, make yourself at home, and feel free to comment on any post you like (or hate?).  I ♥ comments!  If you’d like to know why I chose to blog at all, check out my very first post.  I look forward to visiting a whole slew of new blogs this month, too!

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18 thoughts on “Welcome to my very first ICLW!

  1. I think that it’s great to document our journeys. No two are the same. My SIL and myself have battled Infertility together and both of our stories are so different.

    I started blogging in 2010 just to journal so to speak. My blog eventually turned into a fertility blog where I have been venting my frustrations and trying to spread more information about IF to my friends and family. =) It’s nice to find you through ICLW! This is my 2nd official month of participating! =)

    • Thanks for stopping by! You’re right, unfortunately–there are so many ways to experience the pain of infertility. I’ll be sure to check out your story as well!

  2. Happy ICLW!

    I’ve heard good things about hormone therapy for men diagnosed with your hubby’s diagnosis (I can’t spell it so I’m not even going to try). Keeping fingers crossed for you!

  3. Being new to both blogging and the infertility lingo, I kept trying to figure out what kind of procedure ICLW would be. LOL! (I get it now!) But can you inagine what kinds of things were going through my mind? I got a good laugh out of it anyway. Thought I’d share that so you could get a laugh out of it too. *hugs*

  4. I didn’t know what ICLW was either! (And I pride myself on knowing the lingo – ha!) I just wanted to say that I love reading your posts and love your comments on mine. Thank you for that!!!

    • Aw, thanks, dear. I so look forward to your posts and comments, too! I already loved this community, but ICLW (it’s just so much easier to abbreviate!) has already made me love it even more!

  5. Hi from ICLW! I am new here but just added you to my blogroll! Good luck with all the happy sperm injections! I hope they help. My hubby had very little sperm but enough to do IVF with, and after 6 cycles, we have an almost 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old b/g twins. I chronicle my entire journey in a new memoir that will be published soon. Hopefully you’ll have some positive results too!

    • So happy to hear MFI stories with happy endings (times 3!), and thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll! I will definitely have to check out the rest of your story!

  6. Happy ICLW! Taking part in ICLW ended up being something I really enjoyed. We have been dealing with male factor as well. We are still waiting to see the urologist to get a complete diagnosis though. But from what our family doctor told him, he has them but half are inactive while the other half are immobile. I will be very happy once we get some answers from the urologist. Best of luck with everything! I added you to my list of blogs that I read 🙂

    • Thanks, Kimberly. Unfortunately, I don’t know that much about motility, since we have nothing, moving or otherwise. But I’ve heard that supplements can make a difference. Good luck!

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