We had our appointment with Dr. O through U of M hospital today. He's brilliant, realistic, informative and patient. I was so pleased with our appointment. Dh's testicular ultrasound came back showing minor varicoceles, absolutely nothing they would operate on and defiantly not the cause of our poor sperm. His testosterone is low (218 total), which we knew and Dr. O feels the low testosterone combined with some excess weight are two problems we can tackle right away. The excess weight contributes to additional fat in the legs and stomach areas, which increase the heat of the testicles. Excess fat also screws with your hormones and can alter testosterone and estrodial production. Dh has said he's committed to losing a few pounds to see if it helps. I could definitely shed a few pounds also, so we're both excited to be in this together.
Dh has been prescribed 25 mg of clomid and he will start that along with a very long list of supplements tomorrow a.m. Despite a frenzy after a long and intimate google affair this weekend, Dr. O said that none of the results indicate that there would be an increased risk of miscarriage or stillbirth. In fact, our numbers are not even low enough to warrant genetic testing. Cheers to that! He's hopeful that with weight loss and clomid we can increase our numbers, hopefully enough for IUI success. He would strongly prefer that we use fresh sperm, so we need to find a clinic that doesn't require a 6 month quarantine. M & I will be on a search for that as the time gets closer. Clomid takes 3-6 months to show improvement. We have an appointment July 20th and we'll have another SA done about a week prior. I'm trying to find the balance between staying positive and not setting myself up for heartbreaking disappointment. For now, all we can do is focus on a healthy lifestyle and lots of meds. Between my supplements for menopause and dh's new set of pills, we have a small pharmacy between us. This might be the first picture in our child's lifebook...this might just be the first step, the first pill, toward an amazing journey.