Natural IuI (No Meds) Success Rates
I was wondering this, too. I asked this question a few weeks ago, and a few ladies said that the odds are higher with the medical ovulation stimulation, since more follicles are stimulated and possibly more eggs are released, so therefore more targets for the sperms to hit. Also, the medication can help you release more mature, healthy eggs. We decided, since insurance only covers six IUIs for us in a lifetime, that we wanted to wait and do a fully medicated iui to cover all bases. I guess the choice is up to you, depending on your comfort level, willingness to possibly wait longer, and insurance coverage. Does that make sense? Anybody else have suggestions? Good luck!!!
So we did one natural cycle. Switched to an RE and did three cycles of Clomid+IUI. With the info on our insurance coverage, we made the decision, with our RE's support, to step up to Gonal F (an injectable fertility med) for our final two (covered) cycles and were successful on the first one.
Definitely look into your insurance coverage before going forward with treatment.
I tried one natural and ovulated too early, so the rest were medicated. I got pregnant on one clomid cycle and two femara cycles.
If you decide not to do ovulation induction, I would still recommend that you get an hcg trigger shot (costs about $60-80). It's a natural hormone that we produce during pg anyway, and that gives you the assurance that you are at least going to release an egg at a predictable time. After all of my experiences, I'm starting to think that my main problem was that I simply wasn't completely ovulating my healthy eggs on my own, but even if you do, it's good to get the timing just right since washed sperm only live about 24 hours.
It is good to hear about your successful IUI (Kiwiva). I just had 4 natural IUI's and none of them worked. I know the odds aren't the greatest but I did one low med IVF cycle 3 years back that gave me pretty severe OHSS but gave my husband and I a smart and healthy baby boy. It is good to hear success stories like this. I really want to avoid the meds. My husband unfortunately has no sperm and we are trying to build a family with some donor help. Just wondering if you (Kiwiva) or anyone had an ultrasound guided IUI or used a frozen sperm sample?
Edited by sueebee - 10/10/12 at 10:50am