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#1 flybywire

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:44 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to figure out if IUI is worth it for us or whether we should just jump to IVF a few years from now when we can afford it.

I'm kind of confused so mind the stupid questions coming :D

Sooo...when performing IUI, if there is say 10 million sperm after the wash inseminated into the uterus, how many sperm would make it up to my uterus if my DH and I just BD'd naturally (his highest count was 14 million). I read somewhere that if you have a count of 50 million, only about 1 million make it up to the uterus from good old fashioned love making.

In this case, wouldn't IUI be a good option for us in comparison to natural BD'ing? Or do you think our chances would be just as low with IUI as it would be if we left things to nature?

Sorry if this all sounds confusing..I'm not even sure how to put into words the millions of thoughts going through my head :) Thanks everyone for your responses!
Me 30 | DH 28
Oct 07 - m/c at 8 wks
Nov 08 - tragic stillbirth of our son at 38 weeks

Dec. 09 -IUI #1 w/Gonal-f 4 mature follies ~ 6 mil and 8 mil - BFN :(
Jan. 10 -IUI #2 w/Gonal-f 2 mature follies ~ 5 mil and 2 mil
Feb. - BFP from 2nd IUI!!!!!!! It's a MIRACLE!!!!
Mar. - u/s shows one healthy heartbeat (and small subchorionic bleed)

Miracle baby due October 15, 2010
~Change of plans ~
Dx w/placenta previa - large hemorrhage at 25w5d
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#2 jennykash



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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:53 AM

I definitely understand the dilemma about what is most worthwhile... We have done 3 medicated IUI's, unfortunately with no success and then moved onto IVF and Fet's.

think it would definitely be worthwhile to consider an IUI. Also, if you did a medicated cycle you would produce more eggs and that gives the swimmers more of a chance to fertilize. Depending on the cost of the IUI with your clinic, as well as whether you have drug coverage for the fertility meds, then it makes it a valid option. An IUI for us cost $700 plus meds, which were covered through our benefits. I don't quite know the answer to your question on #'s, but after the sperm wash, the strongest guys are left. Although you have become pregnant naturally before so maybe BD would work...

Good luck with getting solid answers to your questions...
TTC 19 years, Unexplained but now Iím getting old, hex - 4 IUIs, 5 IVFs, 14 FETs, 1 miscarriage, cycled in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Still holding out hope but much more jaded.

#3 Nobody

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:31 PM

Before I moved on to IVF, I was told by my RE that IUI has about a 25% chance of working which is the same for the fertile public who try to get pregnant each month naturally.

#4 KristaA

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:39 PM

Just my $0.02. I was told that some women have a "hostile cervix". By doing an IUI your bypassing the cervix entirely and deposited the swimmers just below the fallopian tube giving them a better chance of swimming up and fertilizing. At least that's what I've been told. I don't think it's a BAD thing to try an IUI. It just might work you nver know! :)

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04/18/10-07/15/10 Clomid Cycle IUI's #3, #4, #5, #6 ALL BFN
09/09/10-11/02/10- Puregon Injectible IUI #7, #8, #9 ALL BFN

The next step.......

02/07/011-ER~16 retrieved, 10 fertilized
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02/27/2011-BETA #3~1497 :)
03/16/2011-1st u/s-OMG We're having twins!!!!! U/s showed two little beans bopping around! Twin A hb was 152 and Twin B hb was 166! I'm in shock!!! :)
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04/06/2011-1st OB Appointment
04/28/2011-NT/Fetal Echo~Babies measuring right on track and everything looks good! Twin A HB 159 and Twin B HB 155.
05/04/2011-2nd Prenatal Appointment~All good with babes, my bp is on the rise though.....great here we go again with high bp! :(
06/08/2011-Anatomy Scan & 3rd Prenatal Appointment~ 2 MORE BOYS FOR US!!! :)~Holy DOODLE I'll have my hands full!
06/25/2011-3D u/s! It was AWESOME! Twin A hb 146 and Twin B hb 156. They are DEFINATELY boys! :)
07/13/2011-3rd Prenatal Appointment~ Both boys thriving! Twin A is 1lb9oz w/ hb167 and Twin B is 1lb7oz w/ hb165.
08/10/2011-4th Prenatal Appointment w/ u/s. All good starting to go every 2 weeks now. Twin A is approx. 2lb15oz and Twin B is approx. 3lb3oz.
08/24/2011-5th Prenatal appointment. Uh-oh bp's not so good have to see Dr every week now and she's threatening to put me in the hospital.
08/31/2011- 6th Prenatal appointment. BP's is REALLY bad...starting medication and the threat of hospital still lingers.... :(
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#5 doodle bug

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 12:27 AM

I was told that an IUI helps with the hostile cervix scenario, and also helps with motility because they add something to the "mix" when they wash them... I was also told that it increases the odds of conception by 25%( up from just having timed sex). If you've got the $ 750 I would do it every month- but it sounds like maybe you should save your $$$ and do IVF. I would think about taking out a loan if I were you, and not wait a few years. You are young and your chances are sooo much better at 29 than at 33 or 34.
Here in BC an IUI is only $350 and u can do it without meds....
I'm so sorry for your difficult journey to parenthood. My heart goes out to you and your dh. Best of luck.

TTC since July 2008
July 2008 ectopic/surgery
Dec 2008 miscarriage
then BFN for 9 months....

2 medicated IUI -both BFN
IVF # 1 (flare protocol)
Cancelled (poor response)

IVF # 1 (2nd attempt)-microdose flare/estrogen priming
Fraternal girls born Dec 2010

Dec-Natural BFP 
M/C at 8.5 wks

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NT- all looks good

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