I’ll be honest, I can’t remember what the first sperm analysis numbers were like. I suppose my OB has that paperwork. I didn’t know anything about numbers at the time, so I just went with her comments that they looked good.
With an IUI, you want to do a sperm wash. My original place wanted the total number of motile sperm to be >16 million, but my current place says that they are happy with anything over 10 million. Keep these numbers is perspective, and remember that some RE’s won’t even do an IUI if the sperm count is under 5.
At my first (horrible) IUI experience, we had two back-to-back IUI’s – completely medicated, and they sperm counts were 6.23 and 5.73 respectively.
My next IUI, I think we had numbers around 7 million, and then we had around 10 million, and then 12 million. I was elated – we got over 10 million! We got pregnant.
We have had three IUI’s after the loss/tx. The first one was 3.5 (that really shook me), 17 million, and yesterday, we had…
Ok, before I drop the number on you, let me tell you how I found out. DH went to the lab to pick the sample up, and I ran to the toilet. By the time I got out, he had already seen the paperwork with his number. It played out something like this:
V: Gimme! (grabs bag with paperwork) I think I’m too scared to look.
DH: I looked. But I don’t know if I’m reading it correctly.
V: (heart drops – remember when she mistakenly thought last month’s IUI volume 3 ml was actually the number of sperm and only 3 million) Oh, God. Well, we could always see about putting you on Clomid if these are low numbers. I know it’s probably not as good as last month’s 17 million, but we’ll deal with this.
V grabs open the paperwork and scans, looking for a low number. She doesn’t see it. Her eyes tear up as DH points to 35 million.
That’s right, folks. Not 3.5 million. 35 million. Thirty five. And that’s AFTER the wash!
We were so excited, we took a picture of the results.
I really did cry in the car.
DH credits his new gluten-free diet – he’s been on it for about three months, which makes sense, because the last two months have been the highest that we have seen in years.
I guess maybe his orchitis didn’t really mess up his sperm count too much.
Even if I don’t get a BFP this cycle, those numbers give me hope. Bring on August! I’m ready!