So I've been stalking this site for a long time, at least a year, but never posted. I did take in a lot of valuable information and I'm eternally gratetful for the stories and experiences shared by the courageous ladies on this site.
I have PCOS, so this journey was long and arduous process. We started seriously ttc (charting, opk's, vitamins, herbs) 1 year ago in September. We had been ntnp for a year before that. I have known I went to the ob/gyn last Sept. and he immediately put me on Clomid. So for 3 cycles (off and on) I did that. It dried up my cm so bad, I knew it wasn't going to work. Even used Pre seed and Pre conceive plus, EPO, Fish Oil. It was when he suggested IUI the next cycle we were all but ready to do it BUT, the medical bills came in and my dh and I were not ready to commit to something that only has like a 20% success rate at best. I had an HSG that month (beginning of June) - All clear.
So, onto the acupuncture. I researched acupuncture online in June of this year and found a great INEXPENSIVE clinic which is in the Community Acupuncture format. Their website is www.getstuckonacupuncture.com
There are many located throughout the country, so do a google search and find one in your area! (I know I sound like a commercial, lol)
I am convinced that the acupuncture once a week since June in combination with the Chinese herbs helped me concieve (one of the ingredients in one of the pills was Vitex). She recommended my DH do Acu to increase his sperm motility, count but he is queasy about needles.
My DH also had 2 SA's done in May, June (before we were to start IUI)
The first was not good, at 12 million/ml and I don't know the motility. The second, after I made him choke down some Fertility Blend, was better at 29 mil/ml w/ 66% motility. Still not perfect. Also, I might add, my DH drinks. Like a lot. I had to cut him down to only on the weekends and I thought that would never happen. He occassionally smokes, too. SO I had to deal with HIM through all this. GAH! Anyway, I told him if he was gonna keep drinking and smoking with bad SA results, he had to take MORE supplements!
So, this is what DH took:
ASTATHANTHIN - 8mg/day (Bioastin is the name of the brand. I saw on Dr. Oz that it is way more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin C, got on Amazon.com)
Fertility Blend - 2 capsules/day
CoQ10 - 100mg/day
Zinc - 66mg (whatever the 1 tablet dose is)
The only thing I took other than the herbs was Women's One -a Day multivitamin
On a cautious note, I have been having spotting since ovulation, which is sadly normal for me and is of concern, but am about to go to the doc to check it out. I just couldn't contain my excitement and wanted everyone to know that it IS possible, even if you get down, and man oh man, did I get realllly low, just keep on it! Even if you have to kill your DH in the process. haha. Oh, and our BD pattern this cycle was on CD 13,17,19,20, with ovulation on CD21. Used CBE digital opk's this cycle, got a pos opk on CD20.
OMG, I can't believe it still!!! Fingers Crossed on the way to the ob/gyn now!!