Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sperm-O-Coaster

Our journey from SAs 1 to 4 feels a bit like a ride on an amusement park roller coaster-- minus all the fun parts, of course. I'm quite certain that we just finished the all important "first drop." I'm just not sure if we're about to start up another hill before another dizzying drop or whether we're just at a mid-coaster "catch your breath" plateau.

Or, maybe I've just been playing too much Roller Coaster Kingdom on FB lately.

In all seriousness, you've probably guessed by now that our most recent SA results (#4) weren't what we'd hoped for. They were a definite dizzying drop from our hope-inducing third results. Count went from 48 million to 11 million; Motility from 38% back down to 24%. We're still waiting on the all important morphology number...the lab expects to get us that info today or tomorrow. Even without the morph, though, the new numbers look much more back in the IVF range than the IUI range we ever so briefly visited.

There's no logical reason for the decrease. DH is still taking the Tamoxifen/Arimidex combo and his testosterone showed back at normal levels on his most recent lab work. The only medicine change is that he stopped taking one of the anti-depressants. If anything, we would have thought that would've had a positive effect on the swimmers. Silly us for ever trying to predict the path the Sperm-O-Coaster would take us on!

So, we await the morphology shortly and gear up for the 5th SA, with DNA fragmentation testing, on 11/25. I can't help but wonder...another hill or another drop? Either way, according to everything we've been told so far about the numbers we'd need for IUI vs. IVF, the latest numbers (especially the fact that they're pretty much in unison with the other 3, minor hopeful uptick notwithstanding) have IVF written all over them. *Sigh* or perhaps in keeping with the Sperm-O-Coaster theme, I should say *S-C-R-E-A-M*.

12 comments:

Hope Springs said...

I'm so sorry it's not better news - hope #5 will be on the up again.

ifcrossroads said...

Oh good grief, it is a roller coaster! I am So incredibly sorry. I wish I knew more about s/a's and motility and morphology and count so I could analyze the numbers with you :(

Sending you lots of love and prayers.

lowfatlady said...

Ugh. I'm sorry the sa results weren't what you wanted them to be. I hope the next tests are helpful and you can avoid the ivf route.

Lauren said...

I've gone through the same thing. Men are so inconsistent.

Lin said...

LOL Lauren...so true! :-)

Jendeis said...

I'm sorry you're on this ride. It is not fun.

Brandy said...

Roller coaster is the perfect description! I hope you get better news on the next one!

One Who Understands said...

So sorry the nambers went back down. Well even if you have to do IVF the sucess rates are higher and you will still have a for sure plan you are working towards. (((HUGS)))

Illanare said...

Oh Lin, I'm so sorry about the number decline. Hugs.

JC said...

I'm sorry, I hope his numbers go back up! ((hugs))

'Murgdan' said...

A roller coaster of emotion...exactly right. Hang in there. This is the most un-fun roller coaster ever at times.

Hillary said...

Seriously, don't you hate how completely unpredictable and random SA #'s are?!? I'm sorry. My DH's have been all over the place too.

*hugs*

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