Post # 1
After a long(ish) TTC journey (have a cyst, it was thought I had a blocked tube, waiting and tests), my DH and I will be trying our first IUI this month. Previously we tried timed intercourse for 2 cycles with injectables (Puregon, microdose HCG for low FSH).
I’m looking for some advice on what an IUI cycle is like. I have just started injectables this cycle, and I tend to respond much later in the cycle (sometimes taking over 3 weeks to be ready for Ovidrel).
After an IUI, do you have to take it easy for a bit that day? My clinic said not to go to the gym or anything like that.
My clinic only does 1 insemination per cycle. I’m not sure if we have to BD at all afterwards.
We have two parties to attend the last weekend of June. If my IUI were one of those days, would I be ok to be moving around, etc?
How can I make the most of an IUI cycle? I’m trying to keep busy and not think about ultrasounds, results, and trying not to picture a BFP because I really want a successful cycle.
Thank you, ladies. 🙂
Post # 2
Hi friend! We did IUI back to back, two per cycle. Our RE never told me to take it easy. She said to go about my day as usual. The first two times, I did take it easy, I actually even took time off work and stayed home with my legs up, the third and last, I actually took her advice and went on as usual. I wasnt part of a gym, but I went for a two mile run and continued until I got my BFP that cycle. I really think its up to you and how you feel you can do. Everyone is so different. Some people get sore afterwards and some don’t, so take it day by day. Also, we BD after our IUI, doctors orders! Good luck, lady! I will be stalking 🙂
Post # 3
Hi friend! Thank you for this great reply! Very helpful. Have a great day! 🙂
Post # 4
I have my first IUI tomorrow! My RE didn’t say anything about exercise restrictions, so I just plan to go about my day as usual. Hoping to go for a run after work, but we’ll see. Good luck!
Post # 6
I just had my first IUI on Monday. My doctor told me there were no restrictions but I took it easy the rest of the day since I had off from work and the weather wasn’t great. We BD that night as well as the following night. Good luck!!
Post # 7
I’ve had 4. The doctor never told me to take it easy, but I also don’t run or do strenuous exercise. I lived life as I normally do. I did back to back IUIs and he said we could have intercourse the night of the second IUI. As for how they felt, they were like pap smears (at least to me).
Post # 8
I saw this study the other day, hope it helps.
“Objective: To compare the effect of bed rest after intrauterine insemination for 5, 10 and 20 mins on the pregnancy rate.
Sample: 396 couples with mild male factor, cervical factor, or unexplained infertility.
Methods: Intrauterine insemination with controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation.
Results: The couples were randomly subdivided equally into three groups: A, B, & C and they allocated for bed rest for 5, 10 and 20 min, respectively after insemination, the chemical and clinical pregnancy rates in group A (6.1% and 4.5%, respectively) were significantly lower than in group B (18.2% and 15.9%, respectively), and also they were significantly lower than in group C (23.5% and 19.7%, respectively), but there was no statistically significant difference in the pregnancy rates between groups B and C.
Conclusions: Bed rest for 10 and 20 min after intrauterine insemination has a positive effect on the pregnancy rate, but there is no statistically significance difference between them. We recommend bed rest for at least 10 min after intrauterine insemination.”
Post # 9
wanted to update: had the IUI today and asked my nurse about any exercise restrictions. she said normal activity is fine. she did have me lay down for 15 minutes after the procedure. IUI was almost completely painless, which was such a relief since my saline sono was incredibly painful.
regarding moving the IUI – my doctor said anytime 12-36 hours after trigger shot is fine, so you should have a day or so of wiggle room.
Post # 10
I’ve done 2 IUIs on Clomid and 2 on injectables. The Dr. said no exercise the day of the procedure, but walking and normal daily stuff was fine. My clinic has me take the Ovidrel at 11pm on a specified night and then schedule and come in 2 days later for the IUI in the morning (about 36 hours later). They always want me to stay lying down on the table for 10-20 minutes (same as the study posted above) after the procedure. This last time, the Dr. said my ovaries were swollen from the meds and she wanted me to not do any exercise for at least 2 days following the IUI and best would be to wait a week or so for the swelling to go down. But all 4 times I went to work afterwards and went about my daily life, just took it easy in terms of exercise.
Post # 11
Thank you. Good luck to you as well! 🙂
Thank you. Yes I would imagine it’d be like a pap. The speculum is always a bit uncomfortable for me.
Wow. Thank you for that great research!
My (first) saline sono was very painful too. Hope you get your bfp this cycle!
Thank you, friend! 😀
Post # 12
thank you! hope your next cycle brings you your BFP!