Share your IUI experience

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What IUI method did you try to get a BFP?
    IUI (unmedicated) : (0 votes)
    IUI with Clomid : (2 votes)
    18 %
    IUI with Femara : (1 votes)
    9 %
    IUI with medication and trigger shot : (6 votes)
    55 %
    I tried all, but never got a BFP : (2 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 2
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    4410 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I did an IUI using Femara, so I can’t speak to unmedicated IUIs or what Clomid is like. 

    I did use a trigger shot, though, so I think I can shed some light on that. My understanding is that Femara helps you ovulate in general, and the trigger shot ensures that you ovulate during a very specific window of time, which helps the doctor time the IUI procedure, which raises your chances of success. 

    So I took Femara, which helped my ovaroes develop follicles (containing eggs). The RE monitored these follicles closely, and when I had a couple of nice, mature ones, he told me to take the trigger shot, which would casuse the eggs to release within 24-48 hours, I think. We did the IUI 2 mornings in a row, starting the morning after I took the trigger shot. They timed it so that the sperm would be in the uterus immediately before the follicles released the eggs, to increase the chances of conception (I had thought that I should ovulate before they did the IUI, but the sperm lives in the uterus for a few  days, so they want the sperm in there before the egg is released).

    Anyway, I’m getting carried away with the detail… Good luck to you and your husband!

    Post # 3
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    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am unexplained infertility and have had 5 IUIs, none of them resulted in a BFP. I took clomid for the first 4 to supposedly “boost” ovulation despite not having issues. I was lucky and didn’t really have any of the side effects (hot flashes, headache, dryness, etc) but I was moody and hated DH a time or two!!! My fifth IUI was my first monitored (u/s and bloodwork every other day) I did Puregon and a trigger shot and again was lucky with no significant side effects. 

    Good luck!!!

    Post # 4
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    663 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

    In the past when I was TTC with my ex partner I underwent 6 IUI’s with Clomid and trigger shot. We used frozen donor sperm, and we changed donors twice.  2 ended in BFP’s that quickly ended in m/c. I have PCOS and endometriosis. I respond well the Clomid so I was on 50 mgs Clomid, 2000 mgs Metformin and then a 10,000 IU HCG trigger shot. I always had 1-2 dominate follicles with a few smaller ones that were not big enough to trigger. I have never taken Femara or done a unmedicated IUI, so I can’t speak to that. I took Clomid on days 3-7 of my cycle and on day 10 would start using OPK’s. I was to call the Dr. when I got a + or on CD 14 if I had not gotten a + yet. Then I would have my ultrasound to check on my lining and follicles, then go home and do my trigger shot. IUI was usually 24 hours later if I was just doing 1 IUI. On the cycles I did 2 IUI’s my protocol was 24 and 48 hours past trigger.

    I took my Clomid at night and had very few side effects from it. I had more side effects from the Metformin, but I was on a high dose. I believe the chance of twins is 10% with Clomid and triplets are less than 1%?

     

    Good luck!

    Post # 5
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    2360 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    NowandLater:  Just wanted to pop in and say I’m so glad you started this thread.  My DW and I are planning to do IUI using frozen donor sperm, and I’ve noticed there isn’t a ton of chatter on the boards about IUI. 

    FWIW, several of my friends IRL have undergone IUI: one has a beautiful 6-month-old daughter, one is due in October, one got a BFP but miscarried, and one is still TTC.  Three of them definitely used a trigger shot (the fourth didn’t share details with me).

    Post # 6
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    1033 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am pregnant with a singleton via my first IUI.  I have PCOS, ovulated very rarely and DH had what our RE called a “borderline” SA.  During my IUI cycle, I took metformin, clomid 100mg days 5-9 (I had previously taken clomid during other cycles without metformin and it did not help me to ovulate) had an ovidrel trigger and then IUI 48 hours later.  I didn’t have side effects with the clomid and had monitoring throughout the cycle so we knew there was only one dominant follicle. Had there been multiple, we would have considered canceling the cycle. 

    ETA: Just wanted to add that I wish you and your husband the best of luck! 

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    Post # 8
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    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Good luck NowandLater:!  I’ve been watching your FF chart and thinking about you.  I hope your appointment goes well.

    Post # 9
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    6502 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    NowandLater:  I might have to refer back to this thread later if we cannot conceive naturally in the next 5 months. I don’t know if we are going to start right away with IUI or wait a bit longer, but definitely something we are considering in the near future.

    Post # 10
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    527 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility, my DH had fine sperm. I did 1 month of clomid, a trigger shot, and an IUI. I produced one egg that month and I did not get pregnant. The next month, dr switched me to femara. I produced 2 eggs that month, had the trigger shot, and just had sex instead of an IUI – twins!  I had a lot less symptoms with femara than with clomid. Clomid made my ovaries hurt. i wouldn’t waste time doing an IUI unless you have a trigger shot. I hope you get pregnant soon!

    Post # 12
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    527 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    NowandLater:  yup, boy and girl! They are 8 weeks old now. Healthy and happy little sweathearts

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  razzzzzz.
    Post # 14
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    568 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We have been trying for a year – 

    My FSH and AMH tests were normal as were my thyroid. My ultrasound was also normal. DH’s sperm was considered normal as well.

    My OB referred me to a specialist who she recommends for IUI, but I just found out that doctor doesn’t take my insurance. I now have to wait for my OB to call me back (she’s not in the office until next Monday).

    My period’s due on Saturday or Sunday, but I’m not hopeful. 

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