My phone rang just as I turned on the TV to watch some 90 Day Fiancé while stuffing a salad down my throat at lunch. It was Ryan calling, not the doctor’s office, only Ryan told me he’d just gotten off the phone with Dr. Mean herself.
The prognosis: Ryan’s most recent sample looked a little better. But upon very close examination they noticed the heads of Ryan’s sperm to be bent sideways, which causes them to swim in circles. The clinical term is actually “Bent Neck” or “Crooked Neck” sperm. The doctor said Ryan most likely produces such swimmers because of a genetic mutation / congenital birth defect caused strictly by chance.
Ryan is truly one in a million, but of course I knew this already.
Dr. Mean has never seen this before. She said she combed through medical research and studies and found nothing on Bent Neck Sperm. If one of these guys were injected into one of my eggs via ICSI she has no idea if a healthy embryo will grow or if it will die immediately. She’s seen studies where headless (!?!) sperm have been successful with ICSI, but nothing on bent neck. The Dr. would not advise us one way or another if we should proceed, it is entirely up to us, totally experimental, and a $15,000 shot in the dark.
After hearing the rundown my first reaction was “Great! Do they want to pay for our procedure and conduct a clinical trial?” Ryan laughed and told me he’d already asked the Dr. that exact question, but the answer was no.
We both agreed that we had no immediate, initial leaning about what to do one way or another. We will need some time to think and research.
According to my calendar we are supposed to be taking doxycycline for the next 5 days. Payment and signed forms are due a week from today, which is also when I am supposed to start Lupron. I have the price list of drugs from the pharmacy order, although I haven’t bought them yet. Nothing like being up against a deadline! Time to sleep on it.