What were your husband’s numbers on SA? My husband had 95 million/mL with 32% motility and 18% normal morph on his first SA (after only 24 hours of abstinence) so we thought that he might have an issue. A second sample with 5 days abstinence showed 80million/mL with 57% motility and a third (36 hr abstinence) was 70 million/mL with 39% motility. The doctor said that what’s important is the total motile sperm, which were 19 million in the last sample after washing. It should be higher than 10 million motile with 20 million ideal. Anything over 20 million motile sperm doesn’t increase chances of pregnancy so they are just “extra.” So it’s a bit complex, but depending on your DH’s numbers, he may not have much of a problem or any at all.
As for PCOS, they think I have it too and I didn’t show polycystic ovaries AT ALL until after stimulating with fertility meds (Letrozole, then Gonal F). At certain times in the cycle there may be no cysts on the ovaries so who knows, you may have PCOS. It’s the most common cause of female IF and your irregular cycles sound suspicious for PCOS. I have irregular cycles too, 5-6 per year, but no other signs except for the polycystic ovaries, which emerged later when I started stimulations.
If you have the option, I’d recommend trying clomid or letrozole a few times and if no luck (or thin lining, etc) go to an injectable such as Follistim or gonal f. I had terrible luck with letrozole and I heard clomid is even worse. They can thin the lining of the uterus and cause your cervical fluid to dry up so even if you get a nice fat follicle, there’s a lower chance of getting pregnant because of these side effects. A lot of people are afraid of injectables because they don’t like needles but the pen form of the injectables has a TINY needles that barely hurts at all. I’d highly recommend not spending too much time on letrozole or clomid alone if you can.
[QUOTE=Waiting4Peanut]Hey all, I’m new here. I’m 29-years-old and my husband (who’s almost 33) and I have been TTC for 4 months.
I went and saw my OB back in July when I got off BCPs. I have [U]never[/U] had a regular period (even before BCPs); I generally have 3-4 per year. My OB thinks I may have a mild case of PCOS due to irregular periods and slightly elevated testosterone. No cysts.
As if that wasn’t enough, my husband recently went in for a semen analysis and he has slow sperm motility (count and shape are fine). My DH has a daughter (who is 10) from a previous relationship, so I never even considered there may be a problem with his swimmers.
I know we haven’t been TTC for very long, and our journey is just beginning, but I’m still struggling with the fact that getting pregnant really ISN’T that easy! I spent the last 10 years making sure I didn’t get pregnant, and now that I want to, it’s an uphill battle!
My OB will be calling me in the morning to go over some options. Possibly another semen analysis and then Clomid treatment. I just feel like our chances are even worse now, if we are facing infertility issues with both myself and my DH.
This sucks! Any words of advice or encouragement? Any success stories with double-whammy infertility issues?[/QUOTE]