Guest blogger saying hello

Hey folks,

I’m one of your guest fertility bloggers – here to talk through my journey, in the hope you find it interesting/useful/entertaining.

A bit about me:

I’m 31, and the hubby is 30. We started TTC last March (2008), and so far we’ve had absolutely no joy. We’re now into the world of fertility investigations – both have had blood tests, hubby’s had the sperm checks, I’ve had the internal scans, and we have our second consultant appointment in a couple of weeks. Here’s what we know so far:

GP told me bloods suggested no ovulation, but consultant disagrees. Initial scan result suggested endometriosis but the doc who did second scan disagrees – thinks it’s just a dermoid cyst. So if that’s right, then I’m pretty much in the clear which is great news! Just working on getting my weight down to a healthy BMI – I’ve lost 1 1/2 stone in the last 6 months, but still a way to go and if IVF becomes the road we go down then I want to be in the best possible physical shape (plus, as I tell myself every month – if I can’t be pregnant I can be skinny!).  

Hubby’s initial sperm analysis not so positive – he had a count of 0.4m per ml (I think that’s the right measure – the number’s definitely right though!) vs a normal 20m, at which point there’s apparently not any point in discussing motility etc. (although that was also bad). He’s back for a second test this week, with a different methodology, and I’m really hoping for good news from that one otherwise we have some tough decisions to make.

I found it quite hard to find info about male infertility – our GP jumped straight to ICSI as a solution, while the consultant was able to discuss possible causes & treatments, which was such a different mindset. Even on the internet I found a limited amount of useful info. I’ll post more about our experiences as we go in the hope that it’s of use to someone else in a similar boat – and I’ll probably also post the occasional weight loss update, wobbly comment about the emotional side of TTC and anything else that seems relevant!

4 thoughts on “Guest blogger saying hello”

  1. Hi there

    I am looking forward to reading your blog updates. I’m going to be writing an article for this blog later in the week on HypnoFertility and wondered if you’ve heard of it. It is useful for both men and women. More info to follow 🙂

  2. Hi, I am Lisa Marsh, of Your Great Life, saying my own hello as a guest blogger. I will be writing from the perspective of someone who has experienced both recurrent miscarriage and secondary infertility in the past. I have been incredibly fortunate to have two healthy children within the seven years of TTC and am not planning to have any more children. I hope that my experience will be inspiring to some of you.

    As a direct result of my personal experiences in this area, I went on to train as a life coach and as a miscarriage helpline volunteer. I run a miscarriage support group and find that issues of infertility are entwined with miscarriage, such as PCOS, in the members’ reproductive health. I am now devoting my entire professional practice to fertility clients, starting with TTC and continuing into the loss of fertility due to ageing (menopause), disease and chemotherapy.

    I am really looking forward to being a part of this forum. Please give me some feedback on my blogs and let me know what you want to hear about.

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