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post #21 of 71
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It's been awhile. I've been dealing with my parents visiting over the weekend. I love them, but it is nice to have my house back.

biomama, natrualmom, eternalsunshine: I'm really sorry AF showed up.
Biomama: I'm sorry the IUIs didn't work out for you. Best of luck with the IVF. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

The IUI went extremely well, except for the speculum, but that never goes well for me. The Nurse Practitioner was giving me a step by step as she was doing what she was doing. And I guess my cervix was pretty much standing up, waving hands, going "I'm here! Yoohoo!" In other words: The cervix was very open, low, and the NP said she could definitely tell I was ovulating. And I has having the ovulation pangs just before and during the procedure. The donor really outdid himself this time. The specimen had 71 mil/mL and 80% motility. So much better then last time.

Things are looking good from that standpoint. I've had no cramping, spotting or anything. The IUI went so very smoothly, except for the initial step, that it's hard to believe it actually happened.

Now for the dreaded wait. I don't wait well.
post #22 of 71
I was sorry to come check the thread and find AF has struck 3 times : . . . sorry mamas

Today is cd 11, went for folicle tracking this morning. 1 follie is 16.5, so that is good . . .the other is 11, and on the other side there are a few small ones, but none that are likely to do much of anything. Sounds like they will likely do the trigger shot on Wednesday morning. Here we go . . .

I'm feeling hopeful, jaded, fearful, and blah all at the same time . I did think of one positive thing in all of this, though . . .

While, yes, it would have been awesome to have never had to deal with IF, when my baby does decide to be conceived I will be able to say "hey, I saw you when you were just a little egg". How many 'fertile myrtle's' can say that to their kiddos?

Gotta love the 'waiting to o' optimism, hey?
post #23 of 71
I tested today - 13 d post IUI. I'm a no go this month. I guess we'll try one more time.

Masel - what's up with you?

Angi - how ya feeling?

Jen?
post #24 of 71
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I tested today - 13 d post IUI. I'm a no go this month. I guess we'll try one more time.

Angi - how ya feeling?
Sorry 'bout the test Ellien.

I'm feeling blech. Yep. That's the word: blech. I'm grouchy, gassy, crampy, nauseous, tired... And did I mention blech?

I'm just getting impatient to know one way or the other. I've always been the type of person that if I wanted to know something, I went and found out. I can't do that this time. I actually have to wait. And since I've never been pregnant before, I don't know if all of this is the progesterone, after effects of the Ovidrel shot on the 9th, AF, in my mind...

Sorry to unload. I'm grouchy. I'm getting impatient. I could test everyday between now and the point of no return, but I think that would just make me grouchier.
post #25 of 71
Sorry to hear about the test, Ellien.

Angi, the wait is just so awful, esp. when drugs are messing with you and giving you symptoms that are hard to decipher.

FWIW, I have been pg before and I still don't know that I'll be able to 'know' when it happens again . . .esp with these drugs messing with me. Sigh . . . anyway, hopefully your wait is over soon, ending in a BFP

Had the IUI this a.m. and it went well I think - meaning it wasn't too painful, my cervix was nice and open, and we got a good sample to use (great news since we have mild MF). The best part was laying there by myself in the bed for a half hour afterwards . . .got to read my book in peace .

This is gonna be a loooong 2 weeks, esp since my rx says I need another shot of hcg in a few days, meaning the fake pg symptoms will hang around for a while yet . . .
post #26 of 71
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Day 10 after the IUI and it's BFN. I know I need to wait a couple of more days, but...

Y'all have been there. You know the feeling. Everything feels like you are, or you've convinced yourself of the "maybe".

I know it's only day 10. I should wait until at least Wednesday or Thursday to test again.

*sigh*
post #27 of 71
Hugs Ellien!

I'm waiting to ovulate sometime this week. However, I've already lowered expectations for this cycle. My DH was just hired on at the place where he as been a contractor since the beginning of the year. His first official day is today. YAY. However, this isn't the week he wants to be suddenly disappearing. (At my doctor's office it won't necessarily be scheduled first thing in the morning.) Plus my one boss is getting married on Saturday so I'll be minding the store for the next two week. They've already approved me for overtime so I'm anticipating just a little stress.
post #28 of 71
I'm so sorry for all the AF's this cycle No BFPs either!

We're doing IUI #2 tomorrow morning. Hard to believe a month has gone by already....seems like yesterday. I got a negative OPK, and negative CBEFM this morning, but positive OPK this afternoon. Glad they fit me in, and I'm glad to do the IUI sooner than later. I want those swimmers waiting at the starting line when the big E is released

So who has yet to do an IUI this month? Calling all 2WW buddies, calling all 2WW buddies....
post #29 of 71
Hey Jazcat-Looking at #4 this coming weekend (27th or 28th) So we will kinda be in the 2ww together. Best of luck with this to you. We are doing Letrazole/ Estradial this month, looking to gonal-f next cycle. Hopefully not. I am on day 1 of Estradial- Follie study Thursday. We are dealing with MFI, but all they can do is keep 'tweaking' me!! I hate the drugs!! Deciding on skipping prometrium this month, never had a LP defect. Maybe a month of AF an BFN will yield the opposite this month. We will see
post #30 of 71
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Hey Jazcat-Looking at #4 this coming weekend (27th or 28th) So we will kinda be in the 2ww together. Best of luck with this to you. We are doing Letrazole/ Estradial this month, looking to gonal-f next cycle. Hopefully not. I am on day 1 of Estradial- Follie study Thursday. We are dealing with MFI, but all they can do is keep 'tweaking' me!! I hate the drugs!! Deciding on skipping prometrium this month, never had a LP defect. Maybe a month of AF an BFN will yield the opposite this month. We will see
Hey Natrualmom...good to see you again...or NOT Strange that they're tweaking you for MFI, no? Is the goal to produce more eggs so there's a higher chance of a good swimmer finding one? I'm playing that game this month....went from 50mg to 100mg of Clomid in the hopes that I produce more than one egg. One egg just hasn't been doing it.
post #31 of 71
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We are dealing with MFI, but all they can do is keep 'tweaking' me!! I hate the drugs!!
I am sooooo with you on this one. I hate the drugs, esp when I know that I ovulate already on my own. MFI is tricky . . . it seems like there isn't much they can do to the male, seems crazy.

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went from 50mg to 100mg of Clomid in the hopes that I produce more than one egg. One egg just hasn't been doing it.
I did 2 cycles of 50 and am in the midst of a cycle at 100. All three times i only had 1 mature folicle. Weird. I was already ovulating each month BEFORE the chlomid . . .makes me wonder why they have me taking it at all :. I hope 100 mg does it for you!!
post #32 of 71
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I am sooooo with you on this one. I hate the drugs, esp when I know that I ovulate already on my own. MFI is tricky . . . it seems like there isn't much they can do to the male, seems crazy.



I did 2 cycles of 50 and am in the midst of a cycle at 100. All three times i only had 1 mature folicle. Weird. I was already ovulating each month BEFORE the chlomid . . .makes me wonder why they have me taking it at all :. I hope 100 mg does it for you!!
Thanks for sharing Amy...that is interesting. I was always ovulating on my own too. I wish the u/s were covered by insurance so I could see how many follicles. But at $100+ bucks, I couldn't justify it. I suppose if we end up with sextuplets, we'll know what happened I have a feeling it's just one tho. Man I hope we do it this month because otherwise we're looking at IVF which really frightens me.

Regarding MFI, I understand there's various causes, but I've read that Selenium can help in some cases. DH now eats 2 brazil nuts a day, which I don't even have to nag him about. Brazil nuts are the highest selenium food out there...quite tasty. Last IUI the sperm gal said his swimmers were very motile....related? who knows.
post #33 of 71
Our MFI is just bizarre. DH became anejaculatory about 3 years ago after a life saving surgery. Well, we went to the urologist in May for electoejaculation and retrieved 8 vials of semen, then froze them. Well, the motility was just ok before the freezing, and now its less than ok, but not unattainable. We have 2 other kids before all this mess. So here we are, onward...
Jazcat-The hope is more eggs, more moving targets for the not-so-smart spermies we have Also we take the hcg trigger to refine timing.
post #34 of 71
At 100 bucks a pop I would have a hard time fitting it into our budget too. Frustrating that your insurance doesn't cover it :. We are really fortunate to live in Saskatchewan (canada) where it is covered by provincial health care. It has been neat to see the follies growing, but it hasn't resulted in pg yet, so maybe it isn't as useful as it is cracked up to be - although we are doing an hcg trigger, so I suppose it wouldn't be possible to time it without the U/S.


More moving targets . . .that is an awesome visual!
post #35 of 71
Hi all, had my IUI today. Only 1mil very motile swimmers - I'm attributing this to some hot springs time in July, which the sperm gal validated. And I'm feeling so yucky today. Major cramping, and I'm exhausted. I just want to go to bed and I have to go out again tonight. She said that we should do it tonight but at this point I'm thinking no way. Maybe I can sneak in a nap.
post #36 of 71
Hi all,

Ellien - Sorry no BFP.

Angi - Still in the 2ww?

Masel - hope you ovulate on the weekend and don't have to worry about the schedule (assuming your both off on weekends)! Whatever happens, sounds like a positive move that your DH was hired as an employee.

jazcat, natrualmom - I'm right there w/you! I went today for a follicle check at CD11 and, surprise, I have a big one. We're going to do 2 IUIs this cycle, tomorrow and Friday. I just gave myself the HCG, which I'm not sure I needed given the size of the follicle.

I'm also in the same boat re:clomid. I took it to increase the number of targets and also to increase my progesterone. But if my DH's sperm were normal, I would've just taken progesterone supplements. However, no clomid this month b/c it really did me in last month. I could barely stand due to the abdominal pain. I had an u/s on day 21 and it showed fluid in my abdomen, not fun. We'll go back to a lower dose of clomid if natural doesn't work in the next 2 cycles. Here's hoping none of us will be here in 2 cycles!!!
post #37 of 71
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Nope Sunshine, I'm out. I pulled out the digital test tonight, and it was a big ol' Negative. I was expecting it, though, and have made my peace.

I guess the Universe has something else for me to do for awhile.

Good luck to you! I hope these next one goes the way you want!
post #38 of 71
Eternal Sunshine . . . when I did my last folicle tracking u/s, two days before we did IUI, they said that I had unexplained fluid - so much so that they wondered if I had already ovulated. The Dr was confident that I hadn't O'd and I would agree, so then, why the fluid?

So, I am hoping you can share what you know about the connection between fluid and chlomid? TIA!
post #39 of 71
Angi, I'm sorry about the BFN
post #40 of 71
Angi - I'm sorry. Even if you've made peace with it, it still sucks. I hope you don't give up and try again soon. Here's hoping third time's the charm.

Attached2Mason - The u/s showed fluid outside of my ovaries and in my abdomen itself, and not until a week after I ovulated. I'm not sure the exact nature of how it happens, but I think it has to do with the clomid producing abnormally active ovaries. I've heard from other people on the boards that the u/s showed fluid when they were in the process of ovulating. I assumed the fluid in that case was in the ovary, but I'm not sure. Maybe someone else can clarify for us.

So, my first IUI of this cycle was fine. No cramping, which is unusual for me. 3.6 million swimmers but they don't estimate the motility post-wash, so the true number is probably at least half of that. I'm going to treat DH like a king when he comes home from work today so he can relax and produce the most he can tomorrow morning.
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