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Betsy8130 posted:
Well, I'm not sure where to begin... I'm very new to all of this. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 13 months with no luck. On the 13th we are going to see a fertility specialist because we found out my husband has very low sperm counts (1.9 mil.). What can I expect at my first appointment? My OB seems to think we are going to have to jump right to IVF. I'm ok with this idea, but my husbands not so sure. I've been trying to talk to him about it, but he doesn't want to talk much about it until we hear our options.. I'm afraid he is going to be so overwhelmed when we get there that he's going to freeze.

Please help!
jdfan14 responded:
Hi-at the first appt the RE usually wants your medical history and background. They will also want you to do bloodwork and they will prob have you do it on day 3 of your next menstral cycle-this helps them determine what may be going on with you and they test certain hormone levels that tells them a lot of info. They will also schedule for you DH to do a semen analysis test. You may want to check and see if your health insurance covers inviro cycle and if so what kind oof limit/maximums applies. Some may only cover drugs, etc...each plan is different if coverage applies. Best of luck to you.
Me 33 PCOS, DH 36 low motility
September 2010 RE consult; need IVF
October 2010 through August 2011 cancelled cycles due to CMV
1st IVF September 2011-BFN
2nd IVF December 2011-BFP! TWINS!!
FrenchBulldogMom responded:
When we first got tested, my husband's semen analysis was so horrible, our RE told us that IVF would be the only option if he retested that low again. He always tests more than once. The second test came back pretty high. Turns out, I had uterine polyps. I had them removed and then we did an IUI. It didn't work for us. Not only that, but my polyps grew back. We turned to IVF after having my polyps removed again. It only took us 1 try with IVF to get pregnant with our twins, who are due in July.

At the first visit, your RE will probably go over your history and schedule the tests you both will need. You can decide on a treatment plan after you get all of the facts. Your husband might feel more comfortable with the entire process after meeting the doctor and getting some detailed information about the treatments. My husband felt much better after we decided on a plan and had a definite goal.
Me:35, DH:35, TTC 2 1/2 years, IVF 1: Twins due in June!!!
Betsy8130 responded:
Thanks for all of your help! We're goin to do a second semen analysis this week to see if anything was maybe off when he did the first one. I've checked with my insurance, and they, of course, don't cover much. I'm prepared for the bills to roll in.. I just want to be as prepared as possible to get pregnant as soon as possible!

I really appreciate your comments!

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