There was one really stunning thing which Dr S suggested during our appointment with him in November. He suggested that Chris give up the meds! Now my poor husband has endured well over 250 injections to take us form a state of complete azoospermia to now having somewhere in the region of 1 million sperm! Three times a week he gets a menopur injection and once a week he has an ovidrel and for those of you that have had ovidrel you will know it as the one that burns. Yes most men, don’t seem to have to go through much in the IVF process, not my hubby, he has paid his dues to this cause.
Prior to our appointment Chris has been in for another SA, the aim being to see if his count was still going up and if so how quickly and whether we were in the land of being able to do the cheaper IUI approach to getting knocked up. Well the news was pretty much the same in terms of count, but 80% morphology! Awesome news on the morph, but sad that the count wasn’t still climbing. So we now have 15 straws of sperm on ice and Dr S suggested that with that much in backup perhaps Chris wanted to stop the injections and we could save the money we are spending on his meds to cover IVF instead.
It was one of those weird moments. It hadn’t crossed either of our minds that he would suggest going off the meds. No way José! You see when he stops the meds he will also stop producing sperm and for someone who has been through so much to get the sperm how can we stop it before we have that baby in my belly! We both looked at each other totally stunned, turned back to Dr S and said ‘No’ at the same time. We always imagined that Chris would only stop the meds once I was about 13 weeks pregnant. Knowing that it took us six months to get sperm once he started the injections and we could start again six months before being ready to start working on number two. So great offer, but my man is still going with the injections for now.