I've been lurking for a little while and finally decided it was time to intro. My husband and I have been TTC since early 2012. We were worried about sperm count before we even started to try because my husband was on a drug called Androgel (testoterone replacement therapy) and we knew it could reduce sperm counts. We tried for all of 2012 and in December '12 I finally convinced my husband to go for a semen analysis: ZERO sperm. The tech actually came out and asked us if his sample was post-vasectomy. We switched doctors immediately and the new doctor said "of course" the Androgel was the problem, it's "practically male birth control," and that it would take 6-12 months for his sperm to reappear, IF it was going to come back.
Fast forward to December 2013 - he did a repeat SA and had sperm!! Count wasn't super high and morphology looked terrible, but I was just so relieved there was sperm. I immediately got us into see an RE because I was worried that with such low morph we'd need IUI or other treatments. RE insisted on repeating all tests, so my husband did another SA in March, and this time everything was in the normal range! (We're not sure if the morphology actually improved or if the first test was some kind of fluke.)
So now instead of dealing with male factor I guess we have unexplained infertility... or maybe we just needed to try longer, who knows, but the RE strongly recommended treatments and honestly I was just so tired of BFNs that we decided to listen to his advice. We did a TI cycle in June, IUI#1 in July, and I just had IUI#2. My husbands post-wash counts have doubled with each IUI, so it seems things on his end are still improving.
That's our story so far! I'm really hoping the sperm thing was our major issue and now with that resolved we'll get pregnant eventually, but we'll see I guess. After almost three years of getting myself hyped up for half the month every month just to end with a negative HPT and tears, I'm not holding my breath.
Anyway I'm hoping I can hang out here while we try!
Married in 2011, NTNP until early 2012, TTC since early 2012
My husband was diagnosed with state IV colon cancer in 2009. Surgery and six rounds of chemo left him in remission (yay!) but with low testosterone. He took Androgel for two years starting in Jan 2011.
-SA in Jan 2013: big fat zero; stopped Androgel
-varicocelectomy in June 2013
-SA in Dec 2013: 23mil/ml, really low morph
-SA in March 2014: Count doubled! Morphology apparently no longer an issue.
April 2014: hysteroscopy
June 2014: TI (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel: 2 folliclces) = BFN
July 2014: IUI#1 (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel; 1 follicle, 23mil post-wash) = BFN
August 2014: IUI#2 (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel; 1 follicle, 43mil post-wash) = BFN
September 2014: IUI#3 (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel; 2 follicles, 15mil post-wash) = BFN
October 2014: IUI#4 (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel; 1-2 follicles, 12mil post-wash) = BFN
November 2014: IUI#5 (clomid/bravelle/ovidrel: 1 follicle, 23mil post-wash) = BFN
December 2014: IUI#6 (gonal-f/ovidrel): 2 follicles, 55mil post-wash) = ???
*all are welcome!*