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Anyone looked into AI?

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Does anyone here have any experience with AI? We need to see the specialists, but this is one idea that was already presented to us as a viable option. DH is going for more testing next week and then we will start the circuit of visits to the urologist and reproductive endocrinologist.

I am especially interested in cost if anyone would like to divulge. IUI is what I am most interested in.
Thanks!
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I responded to your post in TTC!
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I'm doing my 4th IUI this month. Here is my chart.

So far I've done only Clomid + IUI or natural + IUI. DH has low count and volume. I plan to do another next month if this month doesn't work and then head on over to another doctor for possibly a few IUI's with trigger or injectibles and monitoring, but first we'll see what dh's counts are at now. If they're super low, I may save myself the trouble and start planning on IVF. (This current IUI we weren't able to get a count because I O'd on a weekend and for whatever reason, the lab doesn't do counts on weekends.)

Anyway, I have a very limited IF benefit with my insurance. The actual IUI is 400 something, the wash is 100 something, and then you have the Clomid or Femara or whatever drugs you may take. My insurance does some sort of 'discount adjustment' with the clinic (don't understand it - it's an HMO) and I actually in the end only pay like $150 for each IUI and wash together. My lifetime max is $2,000 for my insurance and it won't cover ANY IVF. And with DH's low count, we'll need to do ICSI if we do IVF, so the cost will be upper teens (of thousands). Paying that much for a pregnancy doesn't bother me - it's the fear of paying that much for a BFN that scares me!

Good luck!
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Lisa, we did medicated IUI (we are a lesbian couple and used donor sperm). Don't be intimidated by the thought of this! Just a little help from an RE does so much - they can take male ejaculate and spin it and seperate it and by putting it inside your body for you through a long flexible tube (you lay on the table awake, like a pap smear basically). The spinning they do to the sperm help with the count and motility, and the IUI in the uterus puts them up by the egg so they don't have to swim and swim. The IUI is no worse than a pap smear, I promise.
At our clinic, it was $300 per cycle for everything, including the sperm prep and the IUI. They often give the woman clomid or femara to help boost the chances a bit (the clomid adds about $50 more). Often they will also add something called a trigger shot, which is a one time shot you get the day before the IUI that makes the egg release (that is what did the trick for me), the trigger shot added another $40 I think. For the $300 they will take your DH sperm and wash and spin it, analyze it and tell you the results, they will do an ultrasound on you to make sure your eggs look good before the trigger shot, and they will do the IUI. Our RE liked to let the DP/DH do the IUI (basically push the syringe) once the long little tube was up there in the uterus.
And our RE office, they would let men bring their sperm in from home as long as they got to the office within an hour. You drop it off in the morning and then come in a bit later for the IUI.

If your DH has some sperm issues, a urologist can suggest different things... including they sometimes give MEN clomid. Hope this helps, if you have anything specific you want to know just ask!
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