So at my last visit with the RE he said he is confident we can get pregnant with our low sperm count with a medicated IUI (Clomid for me + the HCG trigger shot), but that the more aggressive (quicker) way to go about it would be to do an IUI with injectables and the HCG trigger shot. He said our chances for multiples is MUCH higher with injectables, and we’re not talking just twins. Also the cost is much higher, we’d be adding $1,000 to our currently $700/cycle regimen. He said out of every 1,000 they tend to have 3 sets of triplets and 1 set of quadruplets. Another consideration he talked about was “selective reduction”, meaning if we got pregnant with quadruplets we could choose to “reduce” down to twins, or whatever our “magic number” would be. R & I both agree that we’re NOT OKAY with quadruplets and we’re also NOT OKAY with selective reduction…..so we’ve decided injectables are not for us. There’s still a chance of multiples with the medicated IUI’s, but typically not high-order multiples like with the injectables. Know of a little show called Jon & Kate Plus Eight….yea they did IUI with injectables to get their twins & sextuplets. Now, this may mean we’ll have to do several more IUI’s before we get a successful one, but who knows….our very next one could be successful!
Also, I found a little more information about the cyst I have on my ovary. When RE said we were “out” this cycle, he didn’t mean we couldn’t TTC on our own, he just meant that we couldn’t have a medicated IUI, and he said there is really no point in doing an un-medicated IUI. If I took Clomid this cycle, with the cyst, there would be a chance of the cyst rupturing, but if I do a natural cycle the cyst will likely go down in size or pass on its own. So there’s the plan….just going natural this cycle, I have a HSG test scheduled for 12/4, then we’ll shoot for IUI #2 sometime after the first of the year.
The loss our friends suffered kind of put things into perspective for me, about what’s important in life. By no means am I suggesting we don’t want kids, or that we don’t want them right now anymore….but now I realize it’s not life or death if it takes another few months to get pregnant. We’ve already waited 14 months, whats another few? I’m confident that we’ll be pregnant in 2014. I’m just trying to remain as positive as possible and enjoy the time we have together now with “just us”. The funeral we went to yesterday was the saddest one I’ve ever been to, our friends were so strong as they buried their daughters. That’s something that should never happen, you should never have to bury your children….your children should bury you. My heart goes out to them and I pray for them every day. I know that they have some really tough days still to come, but I just hope that they stick together through all of this.