Since we're still not pregnant after 1.5 years of trying, we only have a 3% chance of getting preggo each month. That is by all accounts LOW!!!! Scary low, in fact. The doctor said this could be due in part to one of two things:
1. My Fallopian Tube does not pick up my eggs once released AND/OR
2. My hubby's sperm aren't able to swim as fast as they should be able to
These two things aren't a "forever" thing - it could change easily next month. Hypothetically speaking, if my Fallopian Tube just decided to never start picking up my eggs in the past, it doesn't mean that it'll always be that way. Same with my hubby's sperm. Just because they may not have been good swimmers for the past year & half doesn't mean they'll always be that way. That being said, there's no way to guarantee it'll change; nor is there anything that either of us can do about it physically or mentally.
What does that mean? Treatment should be considered. It all boils down to stats and money.
Clomid: Increases our chances of conceiving to 6%. Roughly $10 - the least expensive option. I've done this before and the medication has responded beautifully to my body. I did this prior to my endometriosis being cleared up.The medication causes my body to create more eggs each month, in hopes that sperm have a better chance of meeting one. But assuming my tubes are not picking up the egg, or perhaps my hubby's sperm isn't swimming properly, Clomid will not help change that fact. This means that even IF a egg can go up my tubes, it may not be fertilized with a sperm. Or, even IF the egg and sperm meet, my tubes may not be picking it up.
IUI: Increases our chances of conceiving to 11%. Roughly $900. The basics of the procedure: doctors take my hubby's sperm, clean it, and stick it inside my body with the best swimming sperm. They put it in the right area in hopes that the sperm meet an egg, and then hopefully the egg will be picked up by my Fallopian Tubes. If paired with Clomid, there is even more chances of sperm & egg meeting. Again though, like Clomid, if there's something up with my hubby's sperm not swimming or my tubes not picking up the egg, this is pointless.
IVF: Increases our chances of conceiving to 50%. Roughly $9000. (Notice the extra zero.) They put me on meds to increase the amount of eggs that my body produces. They put me under anesthesia to retrieve each egg. They take my hubby's sperm and insert them into the egg. Then after watching the egg/sperm combo for 5 days, they will insert the fertilized egg directly into my uterus. Then, it's only a matter of the fertilized egg attaching to my wall. Several fertilized eggs can come of the procedure, and of those not used (generally only 1-2 eggs are put back into the woman), they can be frozen and saved for a later time.
We have a lot to think about.
At this point, I feel like IVF is our best option. Clearly, it's also the most expensive option which makes me feel a little nauseous. But really... maybe this is how I'm supposed to get pregnant? God allows things like this to happen every day - what if this is supposed to be my journey?