May ICLW

Whether you’re here for ICLW (International Comment Leaving Week) or for some other reason, welcome!  Here’s my intro for new readers/catch-up for those of you who’ve been playing along at home:

  • Hubby and I have been together for 8 1/2 years, married for (almost) six.
  • Hubby was diagnosed with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism when he was 16 (and still hadn’t hit puberty); his hormones were all kinds of out-of-whack, and he was put on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
  • I have no idea whether he would have made sperm at some point on his own, but the TRT functioned to A) make him look like a dude, and B) give him a sperm count of zero.
  • Fast forward to September 2011: we finally started fertility treatments, which, for us, involves me giving Hubby injections of hCG and hMG three times a week.
  • He had his first semen analysis (SA) since starting this combo of meds in April 2012, and earlier this month we got the results:
  • We have 19 sperm!  And no, that’s not 19 million, or even 19 thousand.  It’s 19.  Total.  But it’s a heck of a lot better than nothin’.
  • For reasons that are out of our control (at the moment–I hope) we are not proceeding with IVF/ICSI at this point and instead are continuing the injections, hoping that number continues to rise.

Take a look around my little corner of the blogiverse, make yourself at home, and feel free to comment anywhere you’d like.  I’ve been busy writing, despite the fact we’re still hanging out in limbo land.  I can’t wait to meet or get re-acquainted with all of you!

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Update:

Very sad news today.  Please send some love and support to Belle and Return to Go, who have suffered recent miscarriages.

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28 thoughts on “May ICLW

  1. It seems that half of our plan for IF involves wading around in limbo land! Oh the irony of hurrying up to just sit and wait! I have been following you for a while but wanted to say hello again and Happy ICLW!

  2. Hi from ICLW! I’m getting sick of injections and I am only going on 20, so I can imagine hubby is getting tired of them. I look forward to following along with your journey. Hopefully soon you can get out of the hurry up and wait slot!

    • Thanks for stopping by.

      I’m sure he is! Although, I think I’ve gotten better at giving them. I hope one day soon I’ll be on the receiving end of the needle!

  3. Hello, I am here from ICLW. I usually read about the female infertility problems but I wasn’t really aware of the male ones. Here’s to more little swimmers in your future. {{Hugs}}

  4. Here from ICLW and wishing you the best of luck with the injections. I’m looking forward to reading more about you and your journey!

  5. Progress is progress! We are trying to get to an IUI, but I don’t respond well to the stims so every mm of follicle growth is hard won. Just has every sperm is for you. Hang in there and don’t lose hope.

  6. Thanks so much for giving us the story from the male side.We often forget it can go both ways,my hubby is constantly wanting to get tested but our doctor says its not necessary yet as we know I have a problem and its better for us to deal with one thing at a time.
    19 is a heck of alot better than 0 so good luck in making forward progress!

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 I would recommend getting your hubby checked out now if you can. It takes about 75 days for a new cycle of sperm, so treatments for men–which he hopefully doesn’t need!!–take that much longer. Good luck to you!

  7. Hello from ICLW!!! I can only imagine the emotions and hardships your husband has been there. It is so easy for me to just think about all that we women go through in our hopes to get pregnant, I forget that some men face some pretty rough diagnoses as well. : ( I’m thrilled that the therapy is working. 19 sperm is AWESOME! A friend of our who went through IVF/ICSI had only 1 sperm and they got 1 baby after carefully aspirating it from within his testicle (not that you want to hear other peoples stories, but I am so amazed at how advanced our modern day Science is).

    • I have mixed emotions about those kinds of stories. I’m happy it worked for someone, but with low odds, I feel like that means it’ll never happen that way for us. I’m glad we have more than one at this point! I hope we get more. Thanks for stopping by!

      • I know. Stories are just that…someone elses, leaves us wondering what will happen with ours. There is so much uncertainty in this journey. I hesitated at even mentioning it…but found it encouraging. Anyway, I wish you the BEST!!! I’m hoping for more for you too!!!

  8. Waiting really sucks but the knowledge that what you are doing is helping is fabulous. I hope and pray you are able to move forward soon.

    ICLW #65

  9. Sounds like you got a trooper on your hands! My hubby would not do well with weekly injections. Go 19! hoping it will keep going up for you!

    ICLW #26

    • Thanks! He’s used to the injections, since he was getting them every three weeks or so for the past two decades when he was on the testosterone replacement therapy. Now they’re just more frequent. The thing that’s killing me (but I don’t think it’s getting to him yet) is how long it takes to see results!

  10. Here from ICLW. #80. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m hoping the count keeps improving!! I’m sorry you guys are stuck right now. 😦 Hopefully the results will keep getting better and better! Good luck!!

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