So, first off I will start by saying this is my first attempt at creating a blog! So i’m a bit all over the place at the moment because i don’t really know what i’m doing, and definitely winging it! So apologies if it all looks a bit messy!
My name is Steph, i’m 23 years old currently living in Gloucestershire, UK.
I don’t really have any hobbies as such, I just LOVE animals!!! In particular cats, you can see three of my beautiful babies on the right. But I really do love all animals. And cheese.
So, what we’re really here to talk about is why am I going through IVF?! And probably a question you’re all asking is, why so young?
Well, 2 years ago when me and my partner Will, age 31, decided we wanted to have children in the near future, I came off the pill and thought it wouldn’t be long before I fell pregnant and everything would be perfect and we would live happily ever after. Well obviously that wasn’t the case. We werent actually trying for long at all before we made an appointment with our GP, and that is because Will knew he had a very low sperm count and was concerned that we would not be able to conceive without assistance.
So the GP tries to expain to us that we need to have been trying for 2 years before we would get referred to fertility specialists. But Will being Will, (he’s an EXTREMELY impatient person, he wants everything done there and then!) managed to get them to refer him for a semen analysis, and also test my fertility to rule out any other possible cause of infertility. We had actually only been trying for 6 months at this stage, which I know is no time at all, however we were soon informed that the chances of us conceiving naturally were very, very slim!
So Will had a semen analysis test, which came back showing he has very low count. The average sperm count is anywhere from 15-200 million sperm per ml. Will’s sperm count is only at 2.2 millions, which is considered very low. Tests also showed that the motility of his sperm was very poor, meaning that they aren’t very good swimmers either!
In the midst of this, I had lots and lots of blood tests to check my hormone levels. Luckily, all of my results came back normal, which was a relief! However due to Will’s semen analysis results, our GP agreed to do an early referral to a fertility specialist.