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Thursday, November 5th 2009, 11:09am

Author: ArthursMummy

IUI with a low sperm count? Could we?

Hi Lisa As far as I understand, no treatment is available oin the NHS if you have a child, only your consultations, tests etc. We can really only afford IUI with Clomid which is about £300 at our clinic and so thats what we're going to try. We also have no way of raising the £3,200 + drug costs for ICSI. It would take us several years to save up that amount and my time is limited as I'm approaching my 38th birthday. I have not had a BFP since I conceived my son in March 2006. Hubby's last SA was...

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 9:48pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Quoted But you are not that far short of being normally fertile, so take some heart from that if you can. Good luck Thanks Paul it means a lot to hear that. I feel sometimes like I am not "normal" and it really hurts. My colleagues are NOT sympathetic. They think that as I already have a child they shouldn't have to be. Most of the time they just snap "think of those people who can't have any children!!!" and have no patience with me. I'm lucky that I only work part time but its proving very di...

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 9:00pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Thanks Paul. Have been feeling very down today after a difficult day at work with insensitive colleagues and so this was pretty bad news as well . . . Do you think that the IUI with Clomid would still be a good treatment for us? I've forbidden DS to have any "Beebie" tonight (he doesn't need it obviously at his age, its a comfort thing for him) and if I have to I will stop him nursing, he's way past the age for it, its just one of those things he didn't want to give up. I guess that if my hormon...

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 8:54pm

Author: ArthursMummy

How do you cope with pregnant friends and colleagues?

Quoted Originally posted by compley It is difficult, because your situaition is one that you may not wish all your work colleagues to know about, and even if they do, sadly some people lack the empathy needed, to help you through these tough times. xxx That just about sums it up. My colleagues only found out because they saw me with fertility books on my desk well over a year ago and can't beleive that I'm not pregnant yet. So I had to tell them. And then Miss Superwomb gets pregnant without ev...

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 8:33pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Well I've had some bad news. My Progesterone levels are only 15.2 on my day 21 test a level which is not indicative of ovulation according to my GP (although I'm very confused as they saw a follicle on my scan - which was done on day 9). The only thing that might be a possiblity is that my cycles are short (24 days) and so a test taken on day 21 would therefore be too late and should really have been taken on day 17 or so. Perhaps Paul can explain about this a bit more? My GP wants to repeat it ...

Saturday, October 31st 2009, 8:07pm

Author: ArthursMummy

How do you cope with pregnant friends and colleagues?

Hey everyone Thanks for all your replies Had a terrible day today, with one colleague, who thinks that being pregnant with baby number 2 makes her THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON ON EARTH and that everyone should make a fuss of her. Anyway, I ended up in tears after listening to her endless baby talk and she then went to the manager and complained that I had offended HER by getting upset!! She was heard declaring loudly "Why don't you just employ loads of men who'll talk about Rugby or whatever?!! I'm...

Tuesday, October 27th 2009, 4:40pm

Author: ArthursMummy

IUI with Clomid vs Injectibles whats the difference?

Hi everyone We're planning on having IUI with Clomid in December and I'm just wondering what the difference is between that and the injectibles version. The reaosn we're having IUI is because DH has a low sperm count (14 mill/ml) not because I don't ovulate or have any problems such as PCOS. We opted for Clomid as thats the cheapest and seemingly simplest form, thinking we'd start at the bottom and work our way up. But I'm wondering what the difference between the two forms is. Is one more effec...

Tuesday, October 27th 2009, 4:29pm

Author: ArthursMummy

How do you cope with pregnant friends and colleagues?

Advice needed as I'm struggling, girls. I'm going to be 38 in December and have been ttc #2 for nearly 2 years (DS is a "low sperm count" natural miracle). We've tried everything and are finally going to try IUI in December (can't have IVF/ICSI - theres no funding for us as we have a child). I work with two other "mums" to small children and both are pregnant with their #2 - of course, it was "effortless" in their cases, one even became pregnant "accidentally" and spent the next 5 weeks crying a...

Tuesday, October 27th 2009, 4:03pm

Author: ArthursMummy

Could we get pregnant naturally?

Molly, we have a son, conceived naturally, and at my husband's last SA his count was just 14 million, with 45% motility. He's never had a count of more than 20 million, he's had 5 SAs and every one has been "below normal" (lowest 9 million, two at 13 million, one at 14 million and one at 20 million). We conceived our son in March 2006, after nearly 2 years of trying. The only thing that was "different" that month is that I'd had a laparoscopy 4 months previously and some people say that can incr...

Sunday, October 25th 2009, 12:51pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Quoted Originally posted by jojojo28 well I took a test today, negative so i've hit the .. I used to get sore (.)(.) in the second 2 weeks of my cycle and I am not getting that, the more I read, the more I think I am not ovulating, x Hi Jo - I never get sore (.)(.) these days, and like you I always got them shortly before AF so I have wondered the same thing, although when I went for a scan two weeks ago they saw a huge follicle ready to pop, which would suggest that I AM ovulating. I'm awaitin...

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 5:51pm

Author: ArthursMummy

Wanting some advice (sorry its long)

Hi Glitzy *hugs* I'm just unable to totally "give up" yet but I also have a feeling that I can't handle any more negative HPTs or spending a whole week crying because AF has arrived. Its causing major problems with me and DH too - rows and tension, and our sex life has really suffered. I'm hanging onto the hope that IUI might actually work although i've completely convinced myself that it won't and I'll just be devastated come the end of December

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 5:40pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Hi Paul Thanks! Have just had bloods taken for a "Day 21" test (am awaiting results) but I don't think that they are looking at the prolactin in that, just the progesterone (Am I right?) - I could contact my clinic and ask if they would be able to do a prolactin test - we are due to have a pre-treatment appt in early December as we're thinking of IUI so maybe I could ask then, or would it be worth doing BEFORE we move onto IUI? Kate

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 5:37pm

Author: ArthursMummy

Wanting some advice (sorry its long)

Hi Welshbird (I'm Welsh too btw lol) and thanks *hugs* I just feel so down right now. I've been avoiding all TTC sites and trying to not think about it but its just become an obsession again The debt thing is awful. We are struggling to get out of it but its going to be 5 or 6 years before we're clear and free and able to take out credit again (and I'll be 43 or 44 by then so reduced chance of IVF actually working!!!) Its crazy as we both have bank accounts, debit cards, savings accounts etc but...

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 4:47pm

Author: ArthursMummy

IUI with a low sperm count? Could we?

Hi everyone, and thanks. Well we're going to try IUI in December, although I'm feeling very negative about the chances of it working and can't bear to even get my hopes us that it will, it seems that its not the right treatment for poor quality sperm, although the fact that we've conceived once naturally is confusing. pamela - my DH had undescended testicles as a baby as well, he was operated on as a toddler and still has a poor sperm count. We were told that apparently when they are operated on...

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 4:33pm

Author: ArthursMummy

TTC and b'feeding

Interesting thread, I have a son who will be three at the end of November and is still demanding his "Beebie" at least once a day also sometimes at bedtime! (Yes I am highly embarassed about this and I know he's a bit old now but I'm having the devil's own job to get him to stop! Its a comfort/habit thing for him which he's not willing to break yet and refusal results in huge tantrums . . .) We are currently failing to conceive again and have been for two years. This is probably due to DH's rubb...

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 4:00pm

Author: ArthursMummy

Wanting some advice (sorry its long)

Hi everyone Not posted here before but having problems coping lately and need someone to talk to. Hope you don't mind listening . . . Basically we've been TTC a second baby (after a surprise BFP in March 06 which resulted in my son) for nearly 2 years now. DH has rubbish sperm (14 million per ml/low motility) and I'm nearly 38 (although all tests seem OK) which is probably why its not happening. We're going to try Clomid IUI in December but tbh I don't think its going to work - with my age and c...

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009, 11:38pm

Author: ArthursMummy

Looking towards starting IUI with a 14 mill count?

Has anyone had any success with Clomiphene IUI and a low sperm count? We have a son whos 2 years 9 months old, and was conceived naturally. We had some tests done whilst trying to conceive him (as it took 2 years!) and were told that hubby had a low sperm count (he had three tests, with the results being 13 mill, 13 mill and 20 mill). I then got pregnant naturally a few months after having a laparoscopy. We've been trying to give our son a sibling for the past 2 years with no success and I'm fal...

Friday, November 21st 2008, 7:33pm

Author: ArthursMummy

IUI with a low sperm count? Could we?

Hi Paul DH had another SA done yesterday and I've PM'd you as I'd love some advice/info, if you don't mind.

Friday, November 21st 2008, 7:13pm

Author: ArthursMummy

LIFE IN THE LAB - FOR ALL OF YOUR SPERM QUESTIONS

Hi SSR Just another question as regards our latest SA. Hubby has had another SA done this week (a repeat of the "bad" one which revealed only 9 mill/ml and 46% motility). The count has gone up to 14 million/ml, but the motility has gone DOWN to 36%! We're pretty upset about this as ICSI and IVF are out of our reach due to finances and we're left with only IUI or trying naturally. Why would the motility have gone down so badly? The sample was produced at home and we got it to the clinic in just u...

Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 8:29am

Author: ArthursMummy

IUI with a low sperm count? Could we?

Thanks Paul What advice would you give to us? With the poor sperm analysis (DH also had three less than optimal SAs in 2005 - at 13mill/ml, 13 mill/ml and 20 mill/ml) slightly low motility and seemingly no chance of ART - we have already achieved one pregnancy naturally but it would seem that its unlikely we will be able to do so again?




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