However, after several tests and appointments (and cha-ching $’s), we finally got some answers. Some good. Some not so good.
Let’s start with the good…my insulin resistance. I’ve got it. Pretty bad. The news in and of itself stinks, but the fact that it’s something I can (hopefully) fix with diet, exercise and a little pill is fabulous. The solution to this is that our Dr put me on a 1200 calorie a day diet. He didn’t specifically say how much weight I need to lose, but my goal is 40 lbs. 40 lbs can make a huge difference in the makeup of your body. I was also prescribed Metformin (no surprise there), which I’m not going to start until this weekend. Between my birthday and trying to wean myself off of sugar, I thought it’d be a good idea to start a little later and hopefully avoid some of the *cough* rougher side effects.And the not so good news…Tony and I both have less than ideal reproductive systems. I won’t go into details for his but for me, my chances of conception are “fair”. That’s the 3rd level of the totem pole behind “excellent” and “good”. And I’m at the bottom side of “fair”. There are only 4 levels in total, so it’s not the best. For us both, there just aren’t a ton of things we can do to increase our health in this area. We’ve both been told to take a multi-vitamin (prenatal for me) and to steer clear of any foods with added hormones. Specifically meat and dairy. Our Dr is a big advocate of hormone-free diets. Which is not too hard since we mainly eat venison (chicken may be a problem) and get our milk from Braum’s (a hormone-free facility that makes all their own dairy). We’ll just up the purchase of milk from Braum's to also purchasing cheese, sour cream, eggs, etc. from there and should be good to go.
The combination of his issues and my issues give us about a 5% chance to conceive naturally. Now, before your heart stops like mine did, keep in mind that a perfectly healthy couple only has a 25% chance to conceive, so 5% really isn’t as awful as it sounds. It’s not good, but it’s not a no either. For now, our plan is to take control of the one thing we can take control of (our eating habits and health) and focus on that. I have to go have another OAR test done (ovulation assessment report) in 6 months and it’s at that time that I think our Dr will say, hey, enough is enough. Let’s just go straight to IVF now. Oh and before anyone asks, IUI’s are not an option. It’d be a total waste of time and money for us. Our problem is the quality of my eggs vs his little guys ability to get into the egg. That can be bypassed entirely with IVF as they can insert his guy into my egg with a needle.I hate that this is where we are with it, but it’s empowering to know that the problem has been found and between God, our Dr and our hopes and prayers, we will eventually be parents. One way or another.
Oh and if there's anyone out there that would like specifics or just want some advice or someone to talk to about their own similar journey, please email me. I'm very transparent with our process, but have a husband and his feelings to take into consideration so I'm choosing not to be so transparent here in the blogosphere. :)