Welcome to all the ICLW-ers out there! I'm enjoying getting to know everyone. I thought I'd give a little bit more of my TTC background and other general getting-to-know-you information. Here we go -
Our TTC is a bit different, I think. We were trying to conceive for a while without luck. I'd alternate doing OPK and pre-seed and being super crazy organized about the whole thing, with the more casual not preventing pregnancy. I wasn't worried about our lack of results because I was still convinced that we just weren't timing it enough or trying hard enough.
My husband went to his general practitioner last fall and was diagnosed with a varicocelle. The doctor told him that it wasn't any big deal and that they didn't need to do anything about it. Well, my brother and sister-in-law had to go through infertility treatments for that same reason, so I had my husband call them right back up and ask about what kind of impact that would have on our fertility. Guess what? He quickly had an appointment with a urologist and was getting his SA.
I was so mad that they didn't think to ask if we wanted to have kids. That's irresponsible of the doctor. Why wouldn't they even consider that a married man in his 30s might want to have a family one day.
So, we jumped right to the top of the heap - IVF with ICSI. In a way, I wish that we had been able to go through the whole Clomid, IUI route instead of going right to the big guys. I feel like I only have these few chances with IVF - and no guarantee of success.
We have gone through one IVF cycle, and I figure we can afford 2 to 3 more cycles before we have to make some decisions. Here's to luck for us and everyone in their TTC journey!