And let out a HUGE sigh of relief!
Our new FS is great. He communicates clearly, explains things in a way I understood, let me ask questions without feeling like I was questioning his judgement or recommendations. Asked our opinion, was interested in our theories and explained why we were right or wrong
So the results weren’t great in fact it was a simple case of no change. 0 Sperm and no increase in testosterone levels. I think we had both completely convinced ourselves that the appointment would be discussing sperm donors and the dIUI process.
But Dr S said he doesn’t even want to discuss donor sperm with us as we aren’t there yet. He said we need to be patient and the new protocol WILL work! Did you read that WILL work! We are beside ourselves with hope and relief that our dreams are not dashed.
Okay to be fair there were some caveats on that. He said the injections will get Hopelessly’s testes to function, but there’s no guarantee that we will get viable sperm, but he seemed to be talking about getting pregnant from sex… I mean honestly does anyone still do that??? LOL Seriously though, he said Hopelessly should actually feel when his balls start growing and developing, he said he should feel when ‘something’ is happening in there. He called Prof Kruger (THE MFI specialist in the world – I think!) to get a second opinion on the protocol and now I feel so justified in our decision to stay at the same clinic but just find a new doc. So he and Prof agreed that we need to give it another six to nine months on the injections, but they also agreed that we should change the protocol. So enter Menopur! Hopelessly will now be on Menopur injections in the but three times a week and Pregnyl once a week and fingers crossed he starts to feel something very soon!
He explained that it is possible that the reason the Pregnyl hasn’t started working yet is because of the Testosterone injections earlier in the year. He said the testosterone injections could have basically shut his system down for fertility. Dr S did say that my man should seriously consider doing something about his weight as it could be another contributing factor on why the pregnyl hasn’t worked. So now the big decision, to join the gym, get those Boxer Puppies we’ve been talking about, do both… Anyway Hopelessly has agreed to see my dietician and see what she says and he’s weighing up the exercise options.
He also said that there are three things used to diagnose PCOS, An-ovulation, poly-cystic ovaries and high male hormone levels. I don’t have any of these, well I think I’m ovulating anyway, I get all the signs and while my cycle is unpredictable, it’s still within 10 days either way. So he doesn’t think I have PCOS!!!
So last night we had a steak braai (barbeque for those non-South Africans) and I drank wine and ate carbs and generally celebrated. Today I will try to be good again, but Silly Season (otherwise known as Christmas) has started and my first Party is tonight, so we’ll see how long that lasts.
Thank you to everyone who sent us good wishes, emails, thoughts and prayers. It’s still a long road, but at least we have hope to keep us going.