A Shortish Version of My IVF Success Story.

 

How my wife and I became an IVF success story.

“The chances of you having children are one in a million. You might as well not bother trying naturally” said the world’s grumpiest fertility doctor to my wife and I. It was September 2014, and we had just visited a fertility clinic in Berlin to find out why the missus wasn’t preggers yet. Frequent fornication during my wife’s fertile days had proved fruitless so we decided to see a fertility specialist. After multiple tests, we were insensitively greeted with the worst news of our lives. I was infertile.

“What an absolute weapon”, I thought. Not only can I not have kids naturally but this grumpy German cow has just told us not to even bother having sex anymore. Just because she wasn’t getting any action, doesn’t mean that the rest of the world has to be celibate. I am not surprised that nobody was willing to have sex with her, she had a face like a pit bull licking piss off a nettle. I somehow found humour in this dreary troglodytes delivery of such bad news but that was short lived as my wife understandably broke down into a ball of tears.

For someone that always dreamed of having children, being told you are infertile is like being told you have cancer. The next two years were the most challenging but ultimately rewarding of my life. According to a World Health Organisation Infertility Study – 12% of couples have difficulties having children. We were one of the unlucky couples that make up that statistic. Luckily enough, I can still have sex and have sex drive contrary to the unsolicited advice that the German Ogre gave me.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, my swimmers aren’t that good at swimming. They should be called floaters and not swimmers. They can doggy paddle(a little) and just about thread water with the grace of a baby learning to swim, but they are a far cry from Michael Phelps with his multiple Olympic gold medals. If you have ever seen Sperm whales sleep then you might get a better understanding of the problem that lies deep within my testicles.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, my swimmers aren’t that good at swimming. They should be called floaters and not swimmers. They can doggy paddle(a little) and just about thread water with the grace of a baby learning to swim, but they are a far cry from Michael Phelps with his multiple Olympic gold medals. If you have ever seen Sperm whales sleep then you might get a better understanding of the problem that lies deep within my testicles.

Where there is a will there is a way.

Receiving the bad news was met with a strong wave of emotions; depression, anger, shame, and inadequacy but my emotionally underdeveloped, primitive man brain quickly went into problem-solving overdrive. How do we get around this? What is the solution? What is the next step? For male factor infertility, the next logical step is IVF Treatment in the form of ICSI. I will go into in greater detail later on in this post.

After three horrific IVF(ICSI) Treatments, I have learned so much about the dreaded IVF procedure and about myself. The lessons learned on this unusual journey are many and I want to share them with you. If you are thinking of having nippers or are having difficulties in conceiving then this post should help you. I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be but I am a survivor of IVF Treatment, and hopefully, my experiences will make your journey a lot easier. The post has been broken down into 13 parts and you can skip the parts that are not of interest to you. This is the perspective of a couple that has gone through multiple ICSI attempts – Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Infertility comes in many shapes and sizes so this may not be for you.

If you are going through ICSI please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help and support you to the best of my ability. james@scantilydad.com

 

 

 

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I am James Doherty. AKA Scantily Dad. I have survived three IVF treatments with my beautiful wife Olivia and am now the proud father of twins Max and Mathilda. My blog www.scantilydad.com is the most informative, cutting edge and insightful website on the internet. Due to high demand from the twins I might take a while in responding but feel free to get in touch.

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