Anyone else out there doing natural, unmedicated IUI? I am planning one for my next cycle and have so many questions about timing natural IUI with ovulation, whether back to back would make sense (using frozen sperm, which has a shorter life span), whether to use a few vials at once, etc. My doctor seems to be getting tired of my questions and is very nonchalant about the whole thing. They just do the IUI a24 hours after your LH surge, no matter what.
Well, this cycle I had 2 days of positive OPK's, CD 14 and CD 15, but the tests on CD 14 were MUCH lighter. I used one digital (smiley face positive) and one with the lines on both days to back up. If I had only been going by the two lines on the First Response test, then I definitely would not have said it was positive until CD 15, but the digital gave me a positive on CD 14, so I am assuming that to be the first positive detection of the LH surge. CD 15 was definitely my peak LH surge, though, and I did not ovulate until CD 16 (temp rise CD 17, sustained temps after)...so, I am concerned that, if the same thing happens this next cycle, my IUI cycle, then I would go in on the second day of surge, about 24 hrs before ovulation (no way of knowing for sure). If thawed frozen sperm only live for 12 - 24 hours, then I could completely miss the egg. The doctor said that she is "not concerned" and that we would just follow their normal procedure and timing and we could always try back to back IUI if I do not get pregnant sooner rather than later. Well, I am self pay, so I want to make the most of each cycle...she also says that using more than 2 vials will not make a difference...I feel like I would like to do back to back IUI's with 3 vials used each time...I feel like this optimizes my chances and they say it generally doesn't...I don't get that. I would hate to regret not doing it and wonder, wonder, wonder if I missed the egg by doing it too early, etc.
If anyone has any experience with any of this, back to back natural IUI's, lifespan of frozen, thawed sperm, using several vials, or my issue with the OPK's, I would REALLY appreciate any discussion! THANK YOU! Trying to reduce any stress as much as possible!