Friday, June 15, 2012

So, we have infertility issues, what does that mean for us?

As I stated in an earlier post... we are dealing with male infertility issue of bilateral varicoceles" and low testosterone.
There is a surgery to correct the varicoceles, however it will take time. The doctor predicted anywhere from 2-3 years. It will take some time for Jason to lose the required 100 pounds, and then once the surgery is done the doctor said that it could take anywhere from 6-9 months for Jason's body to correct itself.
So pessimistically if it does take 3 years, that puts me at almost 35, and Jason 41 almost 42. And that is before I have my FIRST kid, not to mention if I want to have more later on down the road. I am not liking these numbers. not at all. (not to mention, Aaron will be 18 and Alyssa 14.....eeek)

The doctor did tell us that most couples who are facing this kind of deadline want to go ahead and have medical intervention done for the first kid, to get the process going, and then once the problem was surgically corrected, conceiving naturally isn't an issue.

So what does "medical intervention" mean to us?

Sadly, he said our only option at this point would be In Vitro Fertilization. YUCK!

It is the super expensive fertility treatment.

and exactly the treatment he said would be best is ICIS.

According to here is the info on ICIS IVF.

What is ICSI?

ICSI, which is pronounced ick-see, stands for intracytoplasmic sperm injection. ICSI may be used as part of an IVF treatment.
In normal IVF, many sperm are placed together with an egg, in hopes that one of the sperm will enter and fertilize the egg. With ICSI, the embryologist takes a single sperm and injects it directly into an egg.

Why is ICSI Done?

ICSI is typically used in cases of severe male infertility, including:
  • Very low sperm count (also known as oligospermia)
  • Abnormally shaped sperm (also known as teratozoospermia)
  • Poor sperm movement (also known as asthenozoospermia)
If a man does not have any sperm in his ejaculate, but he is producing sperm, they may be retrieved through testicular sperm extraction, or TESE. Sperm retrieved through TESE require the use of ICSI.
ICSI is also used in cases of retrograde ejaculation, if the sperm are retrieved from the man’s urine.
ICSI may also be done if regular IVF treatment cycles have not achieved fertilization.

What is the Procedure for ICSI?

ICSI is done as a part of IVF. Since ICSI is done in the lab, your IVF treatment won’t seem much different than an IVF treatment without ICSI.
As with regular IVF, you’ll take ovarian stimulating drugs, while your doctor will monitor your progress with blood tests and ultrasounds. Once you’ve grown enough good-sized follicles, you’ll have the egg retrieval, where eggs are removed from your ovaries with a specialized, ultrasound-guided needle.
Your partner will provide his sperm sample that same day (unless you’re using a sperm donor, or previously frozen sperm.)
Once the eggs are retrieved, an embryologist will place the eggs in a special culture, and using a microscope and tiny needle, a single sperm will be injected into an egg. This will be done for each egg retrieved.
If fertilization takes place, and the embryos are healthy, an embryo or two will be transferred to your uterus, via a catheter placed through the cervix, two to five days after the retrieval.

Okay, so with all that stated....we are now in the process of trying to figure out what we want to do. Jason says if I want to we can do the IVF, but we have to adjust our budget, and I will more than likely have to get a job so we can start saving. I was babysitting, and making roughly $800 a month, but now Ainsley is gone, and Veida has her kids being watched by Shayda, I am not bringing in the income I was....
So off to find a job I go. Anyone know of someone hiring for a at home job where I can sit and data entry from the house and get paid bazillions of dollars.....ha ha.
No for real, you know anyone hiring?


  1. My husband had to have bilateral varicocele surgery done in December 2010. We conceived our con in Feb. 2011. . .not even a full two months after the surgery. Don't lose faith.

  2. Conceived our son. . .should have proof-read. Sorry!

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