Friday, April 17, 2009

Clomid & A Sperm Test

I'm on Day 24, so still too early to know whether I'm in or out for this month, but I thought I'd update you all on my gynocologist appointment yesterday.

Since the laproscopy hasn't resulted in my pregnancy she has given me a prescription for Clomid. I kind of expected it, and I actually thought she would have prescribed it to me earlier, but I'm not to start it until after my partner has had his sperm test.

My partner is actually quite excited about doing his sperm test because he gets to go into a clinic that has rooms especially for this (you know rooms full of porn and magazines and little fridges stocked full of soft drink). Why do the guys always get luxury when we always get injections and our legs in stirrups? Something just isn't fair in that sense.

But he did stick to his deal this month and wore boxer shorts the entire month - in fact he is still wearing them even though he doesn't really need to anymore. Men are funny.

Another thing my gyno told me that I found interesting was that the best chance of falling pregnant is NOT having sex every night or even every second night like we've been doing as that can dilute the sperm. Instead you should get some ovulation predictor kits so you know when you are about to ovulate, and your partner should abstain from ejaculation for at least five days prior. When you are ovulating (as soon as the OPK's turn positive) you should then have sex just one time. That way the sperm will be ultra concentrated and that will give you the best chance of conceiving.

One time huh?

Well, looks like I'm off to buy some opk's from eBay then.

Catch you soon,


Amanda said...

I would like to apologize for my comment ahead of time. I don't normally try to question bloggers that I don't know well, but I have to say that I disagree with your gynecologist. Most RE's want you to have an ejaculation 2 days before a sample (so that the old sperm are flushed out for better motility) and then abstain for 48 hours until sample. And OPKs are total pains. You can get a positive days ahead of ovulation (I usually start getting + 5 days ahead of time, and then usually don't get them at 24-36 hours like the instructions say, but it doesn't matter cause I trigger anyhow). And your egg is only good for 24hrs max. If you are worrying about getting the timing perfect with the sperm with a 5 day waiting rule, you may be putting yourself through more stress than necessary. I will totally admit being prejudice against ob/gyns too. I think this kind of thing is out of their area of expertise. Sorry for my assvice. I hope you'll do some additional research on your own.

Amanda said...

I was looking back through your old posts and saw that you have a short luteal phase. I take ground flax seed for general health every day and noticed that I made a 2 day difference in my LP. Check out my post if you are interested