I am pregnant again (after the 1st miscarriage) and I SWEAR it was from practicing the concepts in this book called "Making Babies." It is written by an MD and an acupuncturist. The 1st time we tried for 11 months, I followed the book and next month (month 12) = pregnant. Then had the miscarriage, still followed the book and 2nd month = pregnant. I am convinced that following the concepts made a world of difference. Trying a natural b4 going the fertility route might work for more of us if we were armed with more/better information.
Thank you "Making Babies" for arming me with that info!
My husband (35yr old) had SA done and has 36% normal sperm with rest being abnormal (n.b.38% is amorphous). His sperm count is 21.3MM and motiltiy is 93%. All my tests (I'm also 35yr old) such as HSG, FH, LH, testosterone have come back within normal ranges. We have been trying for almost a yr and are frustrated. I went to see a fertility specialist today and I felt like he was trying to jam IVF at 15K a pop down my throat. I suggested Clomid since I have regular periods (26-29days) but don't always detect ovulation (and I have been testing for several months). He said there was no improvement of pregnancy w/ Clomid if we didn't do IUI too. He may be willing to do Comlid w.o IUI, but still wants all these crazy addt'l tests like ultrasounds and hCG injections. I feels like someone is trying to "snow me." Also, my hubby has 1 testicle (not sure if this is important). Any help or thoughts given our prediciment and my husbands "bad" sperm?? Will Clomid possibly help us?? ThanksView Thread
Can you explain how you "drink the following?" Are these all available in a liquid form? Do you also take a muti-vitamin or just the vitamins you listed above. Was this combo recommended by an alternative health provider or someone else?
You raise some great points! Now that I understand the ovulation question, I can ask about it intelligently. On my end, very healthy eating, living, etc. Very good weight and BMI (5'5" and 126-130 lbs). Rare drinking, (1-2x/mo), no smoking, etc. Hubby good on "healthy living" too, except he drinks a good amount of caffeine.
We're both 35.
He; however, struggles with weight and his BMI is not good. This is a struggle and he fluctuates quite a bit. He needs to lose at least 30-50 lbs. He had been dealing w/ lots of stress, so you're right this doesn't help. Also, I will try to get him on a fertility blend vitamin (he thinks I keep trying him to do one thing after another). He's had 2 SA's and both show alomist exact amount of "bad" sperm.
We have an appt scheduled for a urologist in a couple weeks and I will try another Dr. for the Clomid with just sex alone, Dr. I went to wouldn't do it (that's the IVF-pusher)! I heard fertility blend vitamins for women with "normal" periods might put your periods of track. Do you agree with this? We are also interested in exploring natural/Eastern 'alternatives.'
Thanks for yor response! I reviewed the discussions you listed above.
Just a couple of follow-up questions: 1) what do you mean about determining if I am "in fact releasing an egg for a true ovulation"? 2) Are there any other diagnostic tests I can have done? 3) Is the andrology lab we went to a bit too extreme?
Point#1: I had an HSG and blood work (TSH, FH, LH, estrodyle) and all were normal. I asked an RE about IF I am ovulating since I don't always detect on OPK. He said if I have normal periods (mine are every 26-29 days), I am ovulating. And then he tried to push me into IVF!! ( I kid not, so I am hoping you can provide unbiased, honest, info). I thought I read that NOT all women ovulate every month even w/ normal periods. Is this true?
Point #2: Any tests (not too drastic) I can do next to test issues on my end?
Point #3: Yes, hubby's sperm was 21.3MM/ml. Lab said this was normal as was motility. BUT his "normal sperm forms" were 36% - Lab says 35-39% is 'equivoval' and 40% is normal in this category. Of BIGGER concern is he has 38% "amorphous forms" and lab said over 20% is ABNORMAL.
What are your thoughts on my 3 questions: of other tests for me, is hubby's sperm really ok and how can I make sure I do in fact ovulate??
One last thing: when do you think it's 'time' for IUI? Of course this is personal, but we have been very actively (e.g. tracking, having sex at ovulation, doing OPKs) for 10 months. And before that we were 'trying' w/o all the extra stuff - i.e. just having unprotected sex. Hubby says I am too impatient, but I think we might need to 'step up our game...'
What do you think about the above (esp. the issue of IF I am ovulating)???