My last infertility post was a sad one. Finding out we officially had to go through IVF without any other answers sucked. But lucky for me I have and continue to write about my infertility experiences cause guess what? Because I wrote that last post a friend that read it, commented and told me of another option. An option that was doable for Jake and I. An option that gave us lots and lots of hope.
That option was East Bay Fertility Center. Although I loved Reproductive Care Center, we needed to find a place that was affordable. I had priced around and they all started IVF at $10,000. Well after my friend Ashley suggested East Bay Fertility I started to look them up and ask around at people who have dealt with them and they all seemed like a great idea.
So we finally set up an appt. and we met with Dr. Glen Andrews and I was so happy we did. He not only told us that he was going to figure out if there was a hormone deficiency with Jake's sperm making it low but he also wanted to double check every thing with mine. Come to find out that my cervix is extremely small! (TMI?) So even if Jake had super sperm they wouldn't be able to get pass my little lady! So together were a funky bunch!
A couple days later we found out that Jake's is low in his FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and his testosterone. So guess what the Dr. prescribed? Chlomid and HCG! I found that quite hilarious. Cause I literally was on the exact same thing a year ago! But with his HCG we have to give him a shot in the butt twice a week. (I will be straight up I kind of enjoy giving him a shot! I don't know if thats the nurse in me or if thats because when we do IVF I will be the one going through that)
So after a couple months of Jake doing that we will retest his hormones and see if they are better then we will continue that for a couple more months. If not then we will do IVF. We will do IVF either way but this may make his sperm more potent.
Also, the last good news. I was quoted that the most I would spend there on IVF including meds is $8,000! I am so stoked! Plus there place includes ICSI (Intra-cytoplamismic sperm injection) in all there IVF packages free of charge. ICSI ups your chances of getting pregnant. What it does is it is kind of like a vaccuum that holds the egg in place while they take a needle and inject the sperm directly. Rather than putting an egg and sperm in a dish and letting them fight for it.
So we are extremely happy and hopeful! I am hoping to be pregnant by this time next year or with a baby! We shall see!