(Closed) Lesbian Couple and trying IUI: So many questions!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
186 posts
Blushing bee

@JessisGirl:  Usually the sample has to be brought to the RE within 45 minutes of being “collected”. It’s then washed, and delivered via IUI within 2 hours. You can always freeze the sample and thaw it out on the day of hte IUI


Can it be put in any kind of container or does it need to be something specific?

It has to be a clean container. You can buy them at any pharmacy, or the RE should give them to you.

Do I have to be sedated for the IUI? no, I’ve never been sedated, and its not painful.

Does it just feel like cramping from a pap smear? yes, again some cramping, but not too bad. I’ve had way worst AF cramps. 

Do I need to have my feet up for days for the sperm to work its way up to my eggs? Or will just taking it easy work? My RE has you lay down for 10 minutes after the IUI and then you are good to do whatever you want. I went to the gym right after haha.

How much does an IUI usually cost? does your insurance cover it? mine covers 6 IUI’s, but without insurance the IYI is around $300 for me. But you would have to have cycle monitoring to ensure ovulation, blood work, etc and that could all cost money… plus you may have meds to help produce more follicles


Post # 4
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

The only thing I have to add, is that your insurance may not cover. In a previous relationship when my SO had an IUI we had to pay for it.  Her issue, me not having a penis, was not deemed as an infertility issue, so nothing was covered. They put her on clomid to increase her chances during the IUI’s

Post # 5
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

LoL I just did a bunch of IUIs this week!

A sample is usually good if it’s delivered within an hour from collection. Of course, “the fresher, the better” so guys usually opt to collect on site. It must be kept body temperature, so hide it under your armpits, in your bra, wherever during transport.

Usually you can get sterile containers for the sample. My clinic uses the orange pee bottles LOL!

You don’t have to be sedated for an IUI. It will mostlyjust be uncomfortable because of the instrument used to open up your vagina. You may also feel some cramping due to the insertion of the catheter in your cervix. Keep in mind, this will happen during your ovulation time so you may be more sensitive than usual.

You don’t have to put your feet up for days LOL. I had a patient almost kick my co-worker because she HAD to put her feet up. We usually tell our patients to lie down for about 15-20 mins then they can go along with their day.

In our clinic, two days of back to back IUI costs $600CA, it includes the sperm wash and the insemination.

Post # 6
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Maybe you are already doing this but also be sure to look into the legal ramifications of using a “regular person” donor vs. a sperm bank.  Good luck…

Post # 8
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t have any experience with what an IUI feels like, but I did want to comment on the insurance piece.

In a lot of cases, most insurance companies will not cover an IUI for a same sex couple. The reasoning they’ve come up with is that you don’t technically meet the defnition of infertility since you could still technically try natually and get pregnant if you were in an opposite sex relationship.

A whole lot of BS if you ask me, but I just wanted to let you know that a lot of insurance companies will probably not pay for this type of service for a same sex couple. Wanted to wish you luck and hope everything goes well with the first try!

Post # 9
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

One thing to look into is at home IUI. I don’t know much about it, but I have heard reports (and I’m sure a quck Google search) about how Gay couples are doing a few cycles on there own. Of course there is a concern with STD and he should get tested and show you the report. But it might be cheaper to try it that way first then go to a doctor.

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