It’s been far too long since I’ve properly updated my beloved blog. My apologies!
Plenty has changed in the last year. Allow me to fill you in…
Vasectomy Reversal, Semen Analysis, and PCOS — Oh my!
As you all know, Rob had a vasectomy reversal procedure performed in late August, 2013. A few months later, I officially stopped taking my birth control pills and it was full speed ahead with trying to conceive (TTC). After stopping BC, I went months without starting a cycle. I thought it was just my body adjusting to not having the daily hormones. Eventually I decided to see my doctor. She ran some tests and diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. I began taking Metformin, and Provera to kick start my cycle. After a few months with no improvements, the doctor also put me on Letrozole. With the help of Letrozole, my body began to ovulate as it should.
While I was battling with my PCOS, Rob and I were simultaneously dealing with another struggle…the results from the vasectomy reversal. In January 2014 (about five months post-reversal) Rob went for his first semen analysis. The results were average for where we were at in the process—Slight return of sperm, but little forward progression, or motility. This wasn’t particularly promising, but it wasn’t a total let down either.
The total let down came in July, 2014. Rob went for another analysis and the results were horrible—0.3 million sperm, no forward progression. Just to put that into perspective, the “normal” range for sperm counts should be greater than 20 million. Greater than 20 million, and we didn’t even have half of one million! We were devastated, and feared that the reversal had scarred over.
For weeks we struggled to cope with the results of the analysis. I began looking into the possibility of a reversal re-do, or the more expensive route of IVF. Rob was dealing with his own emotions of feeling like he let me down by ever making the decision to get the vasectomy in the first place. It all seemed a bit too much to deal with. Before we managed to get too overwhelmed, we made the decision to try some other alternatives before considering the expensive options I had begun researching. We started to eat healthier, get more active, and Rob began taking daily supplements (Fertilaid, Motility Boost, and Count Boost).
Months later, our changes had paid off! In October, Rob went for a third analysis, and the results were incredible—48 million sperm, and 50% of them moving moderately! I’ll never forget the day we got these results. Rob called me on my way home from work and shared the news. I couldn’t hold back tears of joy. When I walked through the door, he was there to greet me, picking me up and spinning me around while we cried in joy together.
By the time we received the wonderful analysis results, I was well on my way to coping with PCOS and getting my cycle and ovulation on track. I learned more than I ever imagined about charting my cycle, ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), and TTC. It wasn’t a glamorous process, but it did the trick. After three months of TTC with no luck, we finally got our miracle…
Read more about the day we found out we were expecting here.