Thursday, December 20, 2012

Testosterone for the testes

Hello again!

So about a week and a half ago hubby started having a little pain in his testicular area, so I had him go in to the doctor to get checked. Turned out he was just fine, and nothing was wrong. But, the doctor decided to do some more blood tests and found out his testosterone was still low. They decided to have him get testosterone injections every two weeks for a few months at home, (lucky for him I'm a medical assistant so I'm able to give them to him!) this will continue while we are in Colorado on our internships until we come back in April to see if it worked.

In the mean time, the side affects can be acne and developing man boobs, so hubby has decided to work out more to prevent that ;)

If this doesn't work, it will be on to a urologist for us! :p
Wish us luck

-Sister M

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Hello Ladies, I'm back from my recent infertility funk and I'm excited to welcome our new adopted author, Sister M. We are excited to have someone with a new point of view here on the blog!

As I thought about my uterus's recent decision to continue to work against me and allow the progesterone to shed the precious lining, the only thing that's going right in my lady parts. I couldn't help but curse the little buggers all over my ovaries that are the main cause to my infertility. Hence my topic title, I thought maybe I should go into a little more detail about one of my fertility whoas. 

              "Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. The name of the condition comes from the appearance of the ovaries in most, but not all, women with the disorder — enlarged and containing numerous small cysts located along the outer edge of each ovary (polycystic appearance)."

 So in a women's terms: PCOS is a disease in women when cyst on the ovaries can prevent the women from ovulating. The cyst can be caused, as in my case, by insulin resistances or hormonal imbalance. The cyst are basically follicles that can't mature completely because of a lack of hormone so instead they become the spons of the devil. This is usually where Clomid comes in to aid in your hormonal production to help you mature those oh-so-precious follicles that could potentially change your life...As pictured above, cyst pretty much look exactly like that! Fun,I know! You may be wondering what these cyst do after awhile of taking a vaca on your tab....well they can eventually decrease in size or burst and cause pain you'd never wish on your worst enemy.
  Well ladies, I'm sorry to have been gone for so long and I promise to never do it again! Also and update on home remedies...I have started a new herb recommended by a herbalist that is designed to aid PCOS. The company is called Nature's Sunshine and is highly recommended because if its quality and the herbs are Wild Yam and Chaste Tree and False Unicorn Root. I'll let you know if I have any success in ovulating with these herbs. Oh and an update on my recent sister-in-law, APPARENTLY shes been complaining about how hard its been for her to get prego...they've been married for 3 months and my brother-in-law travels for work so has been home for maybe 3 weeks since the nuptials.....this chick has no idea whats hard is! Aw the life of an infertilist! As always ladies, remember you're not the only one who cries until she laughs about her highly dysfunctional uterus =] 

Sister H

Friday, December 7, 2012


Hey Everyone!

I am new to this blog and so excited to join! My name is Sister M, and I am a classmate of Sister H.

So here's our story:

My husband and I have been trying for about a year now with no luck. We went into the doctor to see if anything was wrong in September of this year, I thought for sure I had endometreosis because of my heavy periods and cramping every month. They run tests and check my uterus and turns out I am totally fine. I also ovulate every month which is good! Next, they have my husband do a seminalysis. Come to find out, his sperm count is low. They put him on an antibiotic for 10 days since it might be due to an infection in the testicles. He goes back in for another seminalysis, and the meds didn't work. This time they put him on a higher dose of the drugs twice a day for 30 days. Sperm count is still low. They now want to just send him to a Urologist and be done with him. In the mean time, I do some research and hear that low sperm count can be due to a varicocele, which is where one side of the veins in the testicle is twisted/knotted, blocking normal sperm flow, and the only cure is surgery. I decide to check his "area", and I think I find a small area of this. Hubby goes to the doctor to get it checked for sure, and they say he does have it a little but not enough to affect his sperm count. The doctor then decides to test his testosterone levels and they come back a little low. He now wants to do more tests to see if it is due to a neurological defect or something else. Either way, it is apparently treatable, but we have not gotten any definite answers yet.

In the mean time, we found a natural fertility supplement that is supposed to help boost sperm count. All reviewers said they either got pregnant or it at least boosted their count even if they weren't pregnant yet, and even though we are not getting our hopes up we decided to try it. He has been taking it for a couple weeks now, so we continue to track my ovulation and try every month.

As Sister H has mentioned before, it has been so hard living in this small town where everyone and their mom in pregnant or has a baby, many without even trying. I hate the "pep" talks, and the snotty remarks people say when they find out you are trying with no success yet. Even just people saying to me "Oh you've been trying THAT LONG!?" that drives me nuts. I hate when people at church just expect you to get pregnant right away, and when you're one of the only couples that aren't, they don't know what to say to you, so they always say the wrong thing. Especially since they all get together as moms only.

So that's my little schpiel, enduring through it! I will keep you all updated :)