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Finally, An Infertility Plan, or Why I Won't Be Doing Sperm Analysis at Home

The call that I’ve been waiting for finally came today.

As I listened to the infertility nurse’s words, I was half afraid and half elated.

I kept hoping that we’d get pregnant on our own before the call came…before the tests and pills and injections and inseminations.

But we haven’t, so down this road we go.

Our plan, she said, will begin with estradiol and FSH testing for me and a semen analysis for my husband. (He’ll likely be happy to hear that I won’t be subjecting him to sperm analysis at home, which I have done in the past. You can read about my lunacy here.)

If those tests all come back normal, they will do a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test, wherein a dye will be placed into my vagina and uterus through a thin tube. Since the uterus and the fallopian tubes are connected, the dye will then flow into my fallopian tubes. Once the dye is in place, X-rays will be taken to ensure that my uterus and fallopian tubes are free of damage and that my fallopian tubes aren’t blocked in any way.

Everything that I’ve read about the HSG test tells me that it’s painful and scary. But, I’ve also read about women who’ve gotten pregnant soon after having it done. (You can read more details about the procedure here.)

I’ll happily take the pain if it means an end to our fertility struggles…if it means a baby in my arms again.

Once we’ve done all of these tests, I will begin with the Clomid/IUI combination again.

I will also begin praying for just one more baby.

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