Tuesday, January 4, 2011

IUI #1 (sorta)

Grouper dropped his sample off and I went in an hour later.  When I went in, the lab tech took me straight back to the lab and let me look under the microscope at all the little swimmers that were doing the backstroke all over the slide!  :)  She said the sample was good - 6.1 million after the wash, and that the motility was good.  Then she said, "BUT....." and I freaked out.  Apparently the sample had a very high number of white blood cells, which is not necessarily a good sign.  The lab tech said that it could be a sign of an infection of some sort, like a UTI or something, and because of that, the doctor said that it probably would not be a good idea to do a full IUI for risk of passing on the potential infection to me.  She did say that the "white blood cells" could actually be immature sperm, but that without sending the cultures to another lab, it would be impossible to tell.

The alternative, which is what ended up happening, was a high-cervical insemination.  The sperm was inserted right at the tip of the cervix, so the nurse who did the procedure said that it's a little more targeted than the natural way, but that the chances aren't quite as high as they would be if we did an IUI.  We're doing it again tomorrow because I've already taken the Clomid and the wash has got to help a bit.......but I must admit that I'm really bummed out because I just once again feel like there's always a catch - nothing can just be easy, there's always got to be a problem. 

I'm trying to stay positive, but I guess everything's out of my hands now.  I talked to Grouper and he said he doesn't really understand, because he thought that if he has an infection, he'd know it, and he doesn't feel like it.  Who knows.  Ugh.


  1. Well, that's sort of a bummer I suppose, but it's better than nothing! I'm glad they didn't just cancel it all together. Still praying!:)

  2. They just keep throwing crazy curveballs at us, and when we think we've gotten used to their pitches, they change them up. I'm hopeful that Grouper's sample will be better tomorrow.