Hubs and I made a pact last night. We agreed that we would not worry too much about two tailed mutant sperm right now. Hub’s count at 43 million is not bad–not ridiculously amazing, but definitely not bad. 74% of his swimmers are swimming pretty damn well, which is awesome. And although only 7% of them are absolutely perfect, I have been reading that this doesn’t necessarily mean the slightly imperfect ones can’t fertilize an egg, or that an egg fertilized with non-perfect sperm carries any genetic abnormalities. Plus, there are ways for Hubs to improve this percentage with supplements.
I’m making an executive decision: I simply can’t take on another worry. It’s feeling like almost too much to be trying to deal with the diet, the gross green drink, and the whole not ovulating that I may seriously go ape shit on someone if we have to deal with male factor infertility as well. For now, I will attempt to stay positive, and also have a conversation with my gyno in the next couple of weeks to reconfirm what he told Hubs. Hubs said Gyno genuinely did not seem concerned with the 7% number, and said that if need be, we could do an IUI to improve our chances, but that he sees couples get pregnant all of the time with these numbers. I guess if I was ovulating normally, I wouldn’t be so stressed. I just feel that every time I do ovulate is this precious moment that may not come again for months. It adds a lot of anxiety to things, and I would like to work on managing my anxiety better.
Lastly, there is a blog I read pretty consistently written by a gynecologist who practices in NYC at one of the premier fertility clinics there. There is a TON of info on his site as he has been blogging for 5 years or so, but I came across an interesting article he wrote on sperm morphology which has put my mind at ease.
Sperm Morphology Mythology: basically addresses the issue of “low” percentage and says that many men fall into a 2-6% category due to very strict guidelines for sperm perfection.
If anyone has questions about any IVF procedures, HSG, or fertility drugs and treatments, I have found Dr. Licciardi’s Blog to be extremely helpful, simply because he has dealt with so many cases over the last 20 years in practice, and explains things in a very straightforward way. In fact, the entry he just wrote this month answers SO MANY questions about fertility procedures, I would highly recommend a visit to the blog!