(Closed) Starting IUI……

posted 8 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1693 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i don’t have any eperience with IUI’s but i wanted to say good luck! FX for you!!

Post # 4
1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve done IVF but not IUI.  Feel free to swing by the 6 month + and 1 year + boards too (if you haven’t already) where there are ladies who have done IUI.  There are definitely some IUI success stories from the WB threads. You can also search for old posts on the infertility thread, which is currently inactive, but where there were some IUI’ers.

Best of luck to you!

Post # 5
2729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t have any advice to give as we’ll probably be starting IUI soon as well. Check out this thread, http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-ivf-thread-part-2#axzz2Uawhm8gZ you should be able to get some advice by reading through it. I used to follow along with the thread back when it was active.

Good luck to you!!! FX you get your BFP soon!

Post # 6
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had a succesful IUI (my little guy is currently 9 weeks old!) and would be more than happy to answer any questions for you and share my experience.

The whole procedure itself was fairly easy.  We dropped DH’s sample off (he was allowed to do his thing at home) and had an hour wait till my procedure.  They cleaned and separeated and whatever his little guys before the procedure.  Then, we went to an exam room, she inserted a speculum (or in my case, tried, couldn’t get it, then had to try another one).  Then, she inserted the catheter into my uterus.  It was uncomfortable, but not unbearable.  THe whole thing took less than 10 minutes.  She told me to lay on the table for about 15 minutes after.  I took the day off work and laid on the couch with a pillow under my butt.  They say this is unnecessary, but it was my last shot (but only my first IUI) and I wasn’t taking any chances.  I basically just laid around and took it easy all day.  The doctor said I could have gone to work, but I wanted to be able to just relax and visualize the swimmers doing their thing.  LOL – I was advised by a friend to visualize the sperm swimming their way to my egg.  Well, I just ended up singing “just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo.

Feel free to PM me with any and all questions you may have!


Post # 7
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just wanted to wish you the best of luck, I hope that it’s a short and successful journey for you!

Post # 8
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi!  I did an IUI last month.  My RE had me take clomid, then I went in for an ultrasound on Day 13 to see how my follicles were developing.  The next day, I gave myself a shot of HCG which causes ovulation to occur 36 hours later.  At 36 hours post-shot, I went back to the doctor for the IUI procedure, which was very similar to what Candy_Nee described.  We were told to BD the night of the HCG shot, and then DH provided the sperm sample the morning of the IUI.  After they washed it, the nurse inserted it into my cervix and I lay flat for 15 minutes.  It wasn’t much different than a pap.  Unfortunately, the first IUI didn’t work.  I’ll be trying again this cycle. When will your IUI be?  Mine should be in about 2 weeks.

edited to add:  We were also told to BD the night of the IUI.  

Post # 9
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had an IUI last month and it wasn’t successful.  I’m still undecided if I want one this month.  It’s how Candy_Nee and raxzzzz described – uncomfortable but definitely not painful.  We also were told to do it the night of the IUI, as well as the next morning. 

Post # 10
3910 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I dont have any advise, since I havent done it yet, however, I am heading down that road in June.  GL and I really, really, really hopes it does the trick for you, little dear! 🙂

Post # 12
3292 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ybrittany:  Good luck to you. I had an IUI in September and got lucky the first round… I’m due with the baby next week.

For me, I had to take femara (to make me ovulate), and I went into the doctor’s office about every 2-3 days so they could monitor my follicle growth. Once I had several large follicles that looked like they were about ready to release some eggs, I had to take an ovidrel shot (DH administered it in my stomach — didn’t hurt at all). The next morning, DH “released” his semen into a cup at home, I took it to the doctor’s office, and they “washed” it, which didn’t take long. As for the procedure itself, it was no big deal for me at all. It was like getting a pelvic exam. The doctor inserted the speculum, ran a catherter inside me (didn’t hurt at all), and injected the sperm. They had me lie there for 10 minutes, and then I went on with my day. It was the weekend, so I didn’t go to work, but I would have. The only thing they told me not to do was go swimming. It was honestly painless and easy; the most difficult part was going to the office every 2-3 days for the follicle monitoring beforehand. 

As for how long it takes to find out… my doctor told me to do a home pregnancy test (pee on a stick) 2 weeks after the IUI, and if it was positive, to call him and they’d bring me in for a blood test to confirm the results. If it was negative, I’d start getting ready to do the IUI again the next cycle. I ended up testing at 9 days past the procedure, which they tell you NOT to do, but I think you have to have amazing self-control not to start testing way early. 🙂

Good luck again!

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