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Kandace's Story
Posted Nov 4, 2008, updated December 7, 2008

I am 22, my husband is 27. We got married when I was 16 and started TTC (trying to conceive) shortly thereafter.

I had always been very regular and predictable. But after several months of nothing, I began doing research and charting temperatures. According to my charts, they were picture perfect, except always ending in another period.

In 2006, after TTC for 3 years already, I had 13 months worth of temperature charting and 6 months of Clomid under my belt. DH had done a couple SA's (sperm analyses), which showed a low normal count, and all of my testing had come back normal. At this point we were just working with my OB. We felt it would be a wast of money to start seeing a specialist when all of our testing had been coming back insignificant.

So in 2008 after 5 years of TTC and much heartache for that missing something in our lives, we decided to see a specialist before we pursued adoption. We did a poist-coital test, which came back very bad. He thought we might have sperm antibodies, and so he did Nick's 3rd SA. Lo and behold!!!!! Their analysis was evidently much more thorough than other labs, because they showed not only a low normal count, but VERY low percentage of normal sperm. The normal % should be 15 or greater, and his was 2.

After all of this, we finally had our answer. We were happy, yet very upset that we had wasted all of those years and money on unnecessary testing on me. So right now our best option is IVF with ICSI, and we are currently waiting for our start date. It should most likely be in late 2008. It is a very large amount of money, and we had to take out a loan for it. But I simply could not live my life wondering "What if". If this does not work for us, we will for sure adopt next year.

The moral of the story is if you are beginning to TTC and all tests are coming back normal, be sure to see a specialist before you wait any longer!! I may be young, but evidently age doesn't account for much in my case. Good luck to all! And keep your fingers crossed for us ;)

Update from December 5, 2008:

Well I would just like to add an update that our treatment was successful and we are currently 12 weeks pregnant with one baby!

We are due June 22, 2009 and both very excited about the upcoming months.

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