RE recommends IUI

posted 9 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Personally, I find IUIs to be a waste of time and money… especially with MFI.

Obviously, this is a completely personal decision though! And you may have way more luck than my Darling Husband and I have had (or others we know with MFI).

Best of luck with whatever you choose!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

goldenbrown :  We had 1 canceled IUI and 3 failed IUIs! And we just did our first cycle of IVF, but it’s looking like our first transfer may not take.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

goldenbrown :  FWIW though, most REs recommend IUI before IVF. Also, some insurance companies require a certain number of IUIs before they will help pay for IVF! So make sure to get that information up front too!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Were you already temping and such during those 8 months?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We’re unexplained, but about to start our first IUI. Our RE recommended it back in September, but Darling Husband wanted to wait until the beginning of the year. We did Clomid by itself for 4 months, but that didn’t do anything for us. A big factor in my decision is that my insurance covers IUI, but not IVF. If I had IVF coverage or no IUI coverage, I’d jump straight into IVF because it has such better results.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

goldenbrown :  we had MFI and one failed IUI before moving to IVF. It was actually recommended for us to skip the IUI and go straight to IVF, but I wasn’t emotionally ready to skip a step and bring out the big guns right away. However IVF worked on the first shot and when my daughter was 9 months old we had an oopsie-pregnacy (miscarriage though). Definitely see what your insurance requires you to do in order to access any coverage they may offer! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

My son is from my second round of IUI. First one I didn’t ovulate. My issues were mostly my tubes (didn’t know that at the time of the IUI), but my husband did have lower morphology than normal. Since they wash the sperm it can really help to get the highest quality swimmers where they need to go, but I know if the total number of sperm is lower most RE’s agree it’s a waste of time. Everything has been out of pocket for us including IVF for baby #2, so $800 is kind of a drop in the bucket compared to IVF. I’d probably give it a go just to see how your husbands results look after washing since counts aren’t that far off from normal. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

In the UK they wouldn’t bother with IUI for you as the success rates are low. They’d go straight to IVF.

 

that said, get your husband to try 4 months of proxeed supplements first. They are specially designed to help with male fertility and I am sure they are what got us our natural BFPs. If his results are only just below normal then it might be enough to just improve what he has. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

goldenbrown :  I can only share my experience but with it being a Male factor I would think iui may be a waste of time.  Iui success is basically the same as very well timed sex. I did 5 rounds of iui bc my dh is a cancer survivor and we used his frozen sperm precancer. All was good with his sperm and all my tests came back good. 4 failed rounds and I chemical.  We moved to ivf and we have our little girl now. I remember asking my RE why it wasnt working and she explained iui is  basically well timed sex so it will eventually work but it could take months and we just didnt have enough of dh sperm to keep trying. I guess I’m just thinking if there is a Male factor your best bet may be ivf but like I said it’s just my personal opinion.  I defiantly wish we didnt watse so much time doing so many iuis. The heartache was awful because when you go through a fertility treatment you really expect it to work! I would speak to your re about what they think your chances of success are for iui then go from there.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

goldenbrown :  What were your husband’s numbers? IUIs are a mixed bag – I had 2 failed IUIs before I called it quits and started IVF, but some people do have success. Depending on how severe the MFI, it might not be worth your time.

That being said, if you’re considering IVF, I’d actually recommend 1 IUI first. It’s like easing your way into the craziness of a fertility clinic schedule. Having those 2 cycles prepared me for the regular monitoring and stress of IVF.

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