IUI/IVF Bees, I have Questions…

posted 2 months ago in TTC
Post # 16
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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mrsnitti17 :  Really appreciating this thread, as we’re approaching a similar decision point. We have unexplained infertility (all our test have been good) and our RE’s office said they usually do 3 months medicated and monitored natural conception, 3 months IUI, then escalate to IVF. We’re on our third medicated and monitored natural conception cycle, BUT we actually did conceive last month and had a chemical (and now I’m having a weird sluggish cycle, ugh). To me, that chemical conception means the current protocol is working, and we should stick to it rather than moving up to IUI next month or the month after, but it’s super helpful to read others’ experiences. 

Post # 17
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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mrsnitti17 :  My situation is a little different. My husband had to freeze his sperm prior to cancer treatment. Once he was better our only choice was iui or ivf bc the treatmemt left him sterile. His sperm count was good and so was motaility. I went through testing and found i had no fertility issues. I was 29 so figured we would try iui and expected it to work with in a few tries. First 2 iuis unmedicared cycles bfn. 3rd iui medicated cycle was a chemical (suspected ectopic) we only planned to do 3 iuis but since the last one i did get prgenant decided to try a few more medicated iuis and they both failed. Did ivf got pregnant but had a miscarrage..did a frozen embryo transfer and that gave us our daughter. 

Iui was covered by most of our insurance so it was a no brainer to try  but i wish i would have stopped at 3 like i originally planned.

Ivf was covered partly by insurance but was still expensive, stressful, and emotional but truthfully i liked knowing what was going on and knowing it gave us a better chance.

I think it is worth giving iui a few tries- cant hurt especially if insurance covers it and your RE thinks you have a decent chsnce of it working. Iui definatly can work just not for us! If you go that route i would give yourself a cut off though.  For isntance my cousin ended up doing 12 iuis before moving to ivf and it almost destroyed her! Ivf worked for her the first time. Only you know what you can handle. 

Wishing you the best of luck!! 

Post # 18
1163 posts
Bumble bee

We had unexplained infertility.

1.) Did IUI work for you? If so, how many cycles did it take?

Yes. It took 3 IUI cycles. It was medicated but no trigger shot.

2.) Was it worth the money? (In my province the procedure is covered but the sperm wash isnt)

Yes. We have no coverage at all the IUIs were $700 each, so a total of $2100. Whereas IVF would have cost $15,000+.

3.) How long were you trying before deciding to move onto IUI?

After 1 year we went on the waitlist at the clinic. Then it took a year to be seen and another few months of testing. So 2.5 years before we got to try IUI.

4.) If it didnt work, how many cycles of IUI did you use before you moved on to IVF? 

If the third round didnt work we were going to do IVF.

Post # 23
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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houstonsweetcorn :  ugh i’m so sorry about all of that. Sending you prayers. 

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