Post # 1
Hey – I just got my fertility test results from RE. They are better than I expected at 36 yrs old (which is great!) but he still couldn’t say why we aren’t getting pregnant (which is frustrating!).
FSH 6. 3 – done on CD4
AMH 4.23 – done on CD4
Progesterone 19.8 – done on CD18 / 6DPO
Estradiol 80 – done on CD4
Prolactin 26.5 – done on CD4
He is recommending 3 cycles of IUI (Clomid + Ovidrel), he said with 3 rounds, he saw a 40% success rate. Did anyone have similar results and success with IUI? Just feel like IUI is a waste of time, money and emotion based on the anecdotal stuff I hear on Facebook groups & forums, almost everyone moves onto IVF.
For those who did have a successful IUI, any tips or tricks? What protocol did you use that worked? Is there anything I can do to increase my chances or help the process along? Anyone with similiar results as me have success?
Post # 2
I had success with IUI, but we knew the issue was with my husband. You don’t indicate if they checked him as well, as that would impact the success of IUI.
But if it helps, I got pregnant on my first round of IUI despite a low sperm count. Considering how much less invasive it is, I’d definitely at least consider it. However, they should look into your husband first. And maybe do an ultrasound/HSG for you (that is standard at my clinic, to make sure your tubes are open).
Post # 3
I had unexplained infertility. My ex’s sperm count and motility were good, I was ovulating…I had my first RE appt the day before I was supposed to ovulate naturally. My RE said all my labs that has been done looked good and couldn’t explain why I hadn’t gotten pregnant. He saw the follicle on the u/s and he suggested doing an IUI the next day. I saw my acupuncturist (traditional Chinese medicine practitioner) after the IUI – he needled me and then gave me herbs. And it all worked. My IUI baby is about to celebrate his 12th bday!
Post # 4
We were unexplained too. In the UK the NHS won’t fund IUI for unexplained as it’s no better than having sex at the right time and if that’s not working for a couple IUI isn’t likely to either. For us they went straight to IVF. I actually got pregnant naturally just before our first IVF round.
Post # 5
We are unexplained and did 4 rounds of IUI and had to move onto IVF because it didn’t work for us.
Post # 6
It… sort of worked for me. Our first IUI resulted in a BFP but the pregnancy didn’t last. Then again, I was over 39 years old when we tried IUI – so I had a high risk of chromosomal abnormalities to begin with. If we had continued IUI, it likely would have eventually worked for us. But considering my age and the fact that I didn’t want to go through another miscarriage (we’d had two losses already), we opted to go to IVF with PGS testing to minimize that risk.
Post # 7
We are unexplained and just finished our first round of IUI. I had previously done Clomid on its own, so I wasn’t hoping for any miraculous results and we did not get pregnant from the IUI. We’re not going to do additional IUIs, but go to IVF in a few months.
Post # 8
highstrungmomtobe : Granted this was four years ago, so I don’t remember a lot of details, but my son is from a second IUI protocol of clomid, gonal f, and back to back inseminations. We did back to back IUI’s in the same cycle, because an ultrasound showed that I had not ovulated both follicles at the time of my first IUI. I ended up getting pregnant with twins, though one was in my tube and we lost that one. I also had unexplained infertility and ovulated on my own, but ultimately I had had two ectopics so likely my infertility was tubal related. Good luck!
Post # 9
Was your partner’s sperm checked? Did you have an hsg to confirm your tubes are open? Antral follicle count? We did 3 iuis and moved to IVF but we were male factor not unexplained.
Post # 10
Scarlett11 : Yes, my husbands semen analysis came back fine on all accounts. No concerns there. I did an HSG and tubes were open, uterus appears to be the correct shape. Also ultrasound showed no cysts, only 2 tiny fibroids way outside uterus and some preliminary follices.
Post # 11
We tried for 3 years with no luck and I finally got pregnant on our third and final IUI attempt before going to IVF.
Post # 12
IUI seems worth a couple tries for you. If you do medicated IUI it’s a good test run to see how you might respond to stim drugs for IVF.
Post # 13
We were technically unexplained secondary infertility. Some of our numbers were not great but not bad enough to keep us from getting pregnant in the year we had been trying. I did 3 rounds of Femara and timed intercourse. Got pregnant round 2 of 3 but lost the baby. Then we increased the Femara dose, added a trigger shot, and did IUI. Got pregnant on that first IUI round! I did not want to do IUI because I was discouraged by the low success rate but my RE felt confident it would work so I agreed to try at least one round. It can work!