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Old 03-31-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me about their IUI experience? DH and I have one kid, have been trying for 4 years and just can't get pregnant. We have both been checked by the Dr. and there is no reason anyone can find for us to not be getting pregnant. We are timing things perfectly, I can't believe I'm not pregnant after last month. DS was conceived easily. I am tired of being disappointed month after month. Is IUI something we should consider at this point? How much did it cost for you? Was it a stressful experience? Thank you for any info.

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Feel free to ask me whatever you like...I did 5 IUIs, 1 natural/4 injectibles, & ended up w/ 4 bfns & a 6wk mc. DP did 5 IUIs, 1 natural/1 Clomid/4 injectibles, & ended up w/ 3 bfns, a 6 wk mc, & DD. We both used the same RE practice & were lucky enough to have insurance coverage for most of it. The medications can be quite pricey, but there are specific fertility pharmacies out there that price competitively for cash clients, and the medication protocols are very individual, so I can't ballpark that for you. IUI out of pocket at our office is something like $300; ultrasound & labwork for monitoring is additional.

It's possible that if you have insurance, it may cover some or all of the cost, so check there first, good luck!
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Thank you. How does the Dr. decide if you are going to try it natural or use clomid? I do ovulate on my own but want the best possible chances. I have good insurance, but assumed fertility issues were not covered. Was it very time consuming to go through? I'm a teacher and don't know if I need to wait until summer. Also, I feel like the ob gyn just keeps having me try naturally. However, it's been FOUR YEARS, it ain't happening. If I make an appointment at a fertility clinic, will this alone make me a candidate for IUI? Thanks so much. I don't know anyone who has gone through this IRL.
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Well, infertility is usually defined as, for women under 35, not getting pg with a year of trying, for women 35+, it's 6 mos of trying. DP did her natural cycle w/ her OB/Gyn, then switched over to the RE. She was immediately diagnosed w/ PCOS, from the u/s at the consultation appt. I did a natural cycle first b/c I have no known fertility problems. Before the RE's office would do anything, they did a pretty good lab workup, including progesterone levels, LH, thyroid function, and a whole host of other things I can't remember now. After that, at a separate appointment, they do an hsg test (dye test) to make sure your fallopian tubes are open & so they can see any abnormalities in the tubes & uterus. So, IME, that's more than most OB/Gyns do.

I have to admit, I never took Clomid, so I can't speak to that a whole lot. I think DP's timeframe w/ that cycle was somewhat similar to the injectible cycles...those typically were--call clinic on CD1, schedule an appt for CD2-4 to get labs drawn & u/s. Start meds the night of baseline blood & u/s. I was on Lupron & Gonal F (so was DP), but there are a number of different meds out there & they get prescribed for different reasons. The meds were nightly subcutaneous injections in the belly. Return for labs & u/s around CD9, & continue monitoring appts approx every other day until follicle(s) are at least 17mm, some docs like them bigger. Schedule IUI. Administer trigger shot (either subQ or IM hcg) approx 12 hrs before IUI. Go in for IUI. Maybe do progesterone supplements (oral, injectible, or suppositories) for most of 2WW. Get beta drawn 14dpo/dpIUI. Rinse, repeat.

The monitoring appts were very brief, typically less than 15 minutes. The IUI appt was...maybe 30-40 min. My office really tries to accommodate, so they open for appts at 6:30am. DP & I both did the majority of appts early in the morning...she also teaches, & I work over an hour from the Dr's office. B/c andrology is needed for IUI (they're working w/ washed/spun sperm & they would do this in house for your DH or, like for us, it was frozen donor sperm), that couldn't happen so early, but typically they could accommodate so that I (& DP before that) only needed to take a 1/2 day off.

After 4 yrs & not a blip, I'd at least be looking at more extensive testing. And I think that a consult w/ an RE might be a good idea. IUI might be the next step, or it might be meds w/ timed intercourse, KWIM? B/c even on injectibles, the pregnancy rates are not a ton higher for IUI recipients than for the average person (something like 15% vs max 26%, but don't quote me on that). Seriously, start doing some research & be an informed consumer...I think most doctors want to help, but they're also operating businesses, and it's hard to say no or be tough when they're the ones helping you get pg, KWIM? And yeah, check your insurance...I was surprised going in to my fertility stuff to find out that I had great coinsurance for IVF & my meds are covered. There are also scholarships and grants available for fertility treatment, and my clinic even does their own financing options for IVF cycles. It's do-able to have the monitoring & stuff while working (depending on your doctor's hours), but it does get draining.
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I did three rounds of IUI with injectables. First round didn't work. Second round I conceived but it was a chemical pregnancy. Third round I conceived twins but one died at 20 weeks. The other one was born healthy on 12/12/12.
My doctor recommended IVF at first but we wanted to see if IUI could work. I had partial insurance for the IUIs and meds but we still spent $2000-$3000 per cycle. Most of that cost was the meds. It definitely took a huge time commitment. I had to go to the lab and get blood taken every morning while stimming and get u/s every day or two. It was a stressful pain in the butt ( and tummy and arm) but all that melts way once you hold your baby.
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I did three rounds of IUI with injectables. First round didn't work. Second round I conceived but it was a chemical pregnancy. Third round I conceived twins but one died at 20 weeks. The other one was born healthy on 12/12/12.
My doctor recommended IVF at first but we wanted to see if IUI could work. I had partial insurance for the IUIs and meds but we still spent $2000-$3000 per cycle. Most of that cost was the meds. It definitely took a huge time commitment. I had to go to the lab and get blood taken every morning while stimming and get u/s every day or two. It was a stressful pain in the butt ( and tummy and arm) but all that melts way once you hold your baby.
Thank you for sharing. I'm so sorry about the loss of one of your twins. I am very happy that IUI worked for you though.
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you just trying for that long should get you into a fertility dr immediately. did they check for blood clotting disorder, progesterone issues? endometriosis? are you ovulating each month? how long is cycle?
your dr is doing you a disservice by not helping you more and I would be ticked.

my ex and i saw a specialist after 6 months of trying. they found he had very bad sperm. told us to only do IUI, IVF or ICSI. he went on some suppliments and got pregnant naturally 3 times. 1st chemical, 2nd born, 3rd born.

my friend who was single had 2 iui's w donor sperm. she went in for the procedure- no meds other than watching her opk's. they did insems 1 time first cycle and 2 times 2nd cycle where she got pregnant
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I've also been through numerous IUI's all failed due to moderate/severe endometriosis and we finally get pregnant with IVF . Our insurance covered 6 IUI'S and part of the meds. The meds are really expensive but there are donation programs usually through the fertility clinic you use. There are also some places to buy unopened extra meds..I am looking for some now for our frozen embryo transfer in August . If you want any info contact me via PM . Good luck!!
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Can anyone tell me about their IUI experience? DH and I have one kid, have been trying for 4 years and just can't get pregnant. We have both been checked by the Dr. and there is no reason anyone can find for us to not be getting pregnant. We are timing things perfectly, I can't believe I'm not pregnant after last month. DS was conceived easily. I am tired of being disappointed month after month. Is IUI something we should consider at this point? How much did it cost for you? Was it a stressful experience? Thank you for any info.
We tried for over 2.5 years for our 6 month old. IUI and injectables are what did the trick for us. I actually think that round of treatment was the least stressful one than the previous 8 rounds of treatment. It costs us about $2000 with the shots and monitoring.
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Thanks everyone. I have an appointment with a RE in 2 weeks. I have had ultrasounds, hormones, checked, and everything was fine. I ovulate regularly, chart, and have been timing the BD just right using an OPK too. I have Heavy painful periods but no endo shows up on my ultrasounds. DH has had a semen analysis and all was well with that too. I started talking to my IRL friends this weekend, and 2 had been to my fertility clinic (one is preggo and the other has a baby through ivf that is one) and they had great things to say. It's just hard to understand why I got pregnant easily once and now nothing.
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