The thoughts of a cat mom aspiring to harvest humans
Thursday, May 24, 2012
So, About That Sperm Problem
We don't have one? Wait, what?
Yesterday I finally owned up to my fears about the quality of my husband's sperm. Even with the first sample he gave which was mostly "normal" I worried the motility of 38% while still only 2% from my clinic's parameters for "normal" was actually 12% below what the World Health Organization deems "normal."
And the sample he gave on Tuesday at our IUI had only 3.5 million sperm per mililiter and a "normal" sample is supposed to have 20 million! What gives?
When I brought up my fears with the R.E. yesterday he said he wasn't too concerned with our sperm numbers. I guess once you produce a "normal" sample it means you really don't have a problem and your bad sample(s) is/are probably a fluke. All my obsessive googling was for naught. And even if the sample stays where it is there's no reason to believe that we won't be successful with an IUI. Sure, maybe statistically our odds are a little bit lower, but nothing to cry in my Cheerios about.
On the one hand, I'm relieved to hear the problem isn't as bad as we feared, but on the other hand I wonder if there's more we can do to help the sperm improve. To that end I finally ordered Fertility Blend for Men. I wanted to order it months ago but my husband was worried about side effects. That's so cute. I'm the one getting wanded and giving blood three times a week and taking drugs that make me want to crush puppies but you're worried you may have an upset stomach? My husband will take the new vitamin, plus CoQ10 plus the L-Argingine cocktail until our next IUI which won't be until mid-July.
You know, in case I don't get pregnant before then.
We talked about a few other pertinent things at the meeting which deserve an entry of their own. Stay tuned!