image
 
image

image

Rikki's Story
Posted April 3, 2005

My husband and I have been married for a little over 2 years. We have been trying to get pregnant for a little over a year. I am 31 and he is 34. I was concerned when we first started trying that my cycles were irregular, and perhaps I was not ovulating. My doctor ran the usual blood tests to determine if I was not. The results came back normal, I was indeed ovulating.

8 months had passed and my doctor suggested my husband have a semen analysis. The results came back slightly low-14 million, with low motility and morphology. He was not concerned that we could not concieve naturally and we should keep trying.

After almost a year passed I had a HSG to make sure my tubes were open. Once again everything came back positive. He then referred my husband to a urologist. He had another analysis, and the results came back much lower than the first time. He wanted him to do a third analysis. The count was even lower the third time, however the motility was normal.

My husband smokes quite heavily and engages in a few drinks after work on a regular basis. We were told to quit trying for 3 months because it was useless. My husband was also put on clomid, and he agreed to quit smoking and start excercising.

I am very depressed because of course there are no guarantees that things will improve, but I know I have to be positive. Our doctors are both very optimistic that we will concieve naturally, but it seems like a long road.

I am so proud of my husband, and I am so thankful he is willing to change his entire lifestyle for my dream to be a mom. I know I have to be supportive and move forward and pray for the best.

We were told that our chances with IVF were great. However my husband wants to try everything to have it happen naturally.

I wish every couple in our situation success. It is a constant emotional rollercoaster that only infertile couples will ever deal with.


image
image
image
image