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• IUI's • January & February Chat •


Sound like there was interest to keep this IUI chat list going, so here is a jan& Feb one for us. Feel free to let me know what approximate dates you you have on your Schedule, whether they are IUI dates or testing dates and maybe let us know what number IUI this will be for you or if its your first.


Jan 15th Stitches her 2nd IUI with Clomid, bust :-(
Jan 24th Mistral

Feb 18th...... •Adorkable• taking Jan off, 2nd IUI mid Feb using Clomid and Trigger shot

Feb?? Nanette56

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I'm back at it again for IUI #2. Had my IUI (with clomid) on the 15th so I'm 5 DPO. And now we wait. Testing date depends on my willpower.

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So I got my cross hairs, I know it seems strange but without a IUI this cycle, I don't even feel like I'm waiting for anything but AF. I know I should always have hope, I've just had so many cycles and so many disapointments.

Anyway I have a question, any sugestions on what I can do next cycle if it comes? I have been doing clomid and trigger, is femera better? Or something else?

I am looking for acupunturist, but just wondering if I can do more (in a reasonable way)

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Hi ladies! I've been lurking since you started the first thread, because I knew I would probably be doing an IUI this month, I've been kinda stickin' to the Bitter Sushi Ladies thread, because I am BITTER

Adorkable I'm so sorry hun. I was following you all through last month, and I had so much hope for that BFP. But I have a good feeling about February for you- being that it's Valentine's Day and all
Stitches You have way too much willpower! Please pass some of it this way. (I tested everyday starting at 8dpo this cycle, and stopped at 11dpo) :

AFM- February will be my first Trigger/IUI cycle! 5 mg Femara + Ovidrel Trigger + IUI#1 in February sometime. Right now I'm 13dpo (last cycle was just 2.5mg Femara) and my temps are playing games, STUPID STUPID CHART but I KNOW I'm not PG. Expecting AF tomorrow sometime I hope! I'm very optimistic this cycle, but I know what optimism can do to us in this TTC game we play...

Anyway, GOOD LUCK GIRLS!

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So I got my cross hairs, I know it seems strange but without a IUI this cycle, I don't even feel like I'm waiting for anything but AF. I know I should always have hope, I've just had so many cycles and so many disapointments.

Anyway I have a question, any sugestions on what I can do next cycle if it comes? I have been doing clomid and trigger, is femera better? Or something else?

I am looking for acupunturist, but just wondering if I can do more (in a reasonable way)
A lot of the ladies I talk to say that the Femara doesn't give them the horrible side effects, and it also *typically* doesn't cause as many cysts to form. You get good one two or three big follies, but not 12 useless ones. KWIM? I think it's worth a shot. How long have you been trying the Clomid?

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Stitches You have way too much willpower! Please pass some of it this way. (I tested everyday starting at 8dpo this cycle, and stopped at 11dpo) :
Ah but at this point my resolve begins to erode. The first week is great, can't possibly know so no worries, right? But now, 7 DPO and I start to get antsy. The good part is I have no cheap tests available and I'm not going to pee on an expensive stick yet. I may change my mind in a few day tho!

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Nanette56, your chart is looking soooo nice, sorry the tests are doing the same ....yet
how did you get a Dr to give you a blood test at 10dpo? mine makes me wait till 14 or if i get my own BFP

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So we are not sure of the details quiet yet, but my DH may miss my next cycle. He may be headed to Haiti in the next few weeks. Nw of course i could be preggo right now but if i'm not, we need to tart thinking about what we plan to do for the next one. i do not know how long he will be gone, i may not know until way after he goes, and even when or if that is right now is completely up in the air still.

but i figured it might bring up some pretty big decisions so i should start now.

what can you ladies tell me about sperm banking, if there options or different things to consider?

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Ah but at this point my resolve begins to erode. The first week is great, can't possibly know so no worries, right? But now, 7 DPO and I start to get antsy. The good part is I have no cheap tests available and I'm not going to pee on an expensive stick yet. I may change my mind in a few day tho!
Stitches! I wanted to check on you, and see how it's going? Anything new?

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Nanette56, your chart is looking soooo nice, sorry the tests are doing the same ....yet
how did you get a Dr to give you a blood test at 10dpo? mine makes me wait till 14 or if i get my own BFP
I wasn't on a monitored cycle so when I went in for my P4 at 9dpo I asked for a Beta. The nurse kinda laughed, and said it's too early, but if I wanted one, I could have one. It was -. I figure if I haven't gotten a BFP by 13dpo, it's not likely, so I stopped testing (finally!) lol. It looks like the Femara lengthened my LP. By A LOT. Which is annoying since my stupid cycle was like 36 days last month. UGH!

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So we are not sure of the details quiet yet, but my DH may miss my next cycle. He may be headed to Haiti in the next few weeks. Nw of course i could be preggo right now but if i'm not, we need to tart thinking about what we plan to do for the next one. i do not know how long he will be gone, i may not know until way after he goes, and even when or if that is right now is completely up in the air still.

but i figured it might bring up some pretty big decisions so i should start now.

what can you ladies tell me about sperm banking, if there options or different things to consider?
YAY! How many dpo are you?? I don't know anything about sperm banking, but someone on another thread mentioned freezing it because her DH was going to be out of town when she was triggering. I think they handle that at the RE's office though? I'm not sure?? I wish I could help!! Here's hoping you won't need a next cycle though because you're pregnant right now!!!

AFM- Got the all clear on my baseline U/S yesterday! So I start my 5mg Femara today, and then go in for my follie scan on CD10! I'm so excited! This is my first follie scan ever. Hopefully there's a nice big one

Good luck ladies!!

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I totally missed this thread! Hi Ladies.

I had an IUI on Sunday, Jan 24. I'm 3 DPO now, had a major temp drop this morning and am totally freaking out. I have a P4 test on Friday. This was a natural IUI. Next IUI if this doesn't work, will be medicated.

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I have a question for you IUI ladies - how much does it cost? Does your insurance pay for any of it? How many IUI cycles does it typically take to get pregnant?

Thanks!

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I have a question for you IUI ladies - how much does it cost? Does your insurance pay for any of it? How many IUI cycles does it typically take to get pregnant?

Thanks!
It really depends on where you go, If you go to a midwife it can be $190 however if you go to an RE it could be between $350 - $550. This is my experience. However, if you are taking medication and/or getting ultrasound monitoring, that figure can go up in the thousands.

In addition, if you are a hetero couple, you'll have to pay for washing of the "goods". (sorry, can't type that word where i'm at).

Re: Insurance. It depends on what insurance you have and what your dx is.

For me, I have to pay for the first 6 out of pocket and then after that it will be covered.

Some people are lucky and get pregnant on the 1st IUI, some have luck by the 3rd IUI, others by the 6th. Some RE's don't try more than 6 IUI's. But it really depends on what your particular problem is.

As far as I know, I have no fertility issues, and I ovulate on my own, however, I'm not in a hetero relationship, therefore, I have IUI's.

Good luck whatever you decide.

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I totally missed this thread! Hi Ladies.

I had an IUI on Sunday, Jan 24. I'm 3 DPO now, had a major temp drop this morning and am totally freaking out. I have a P4 test on Friday. This was a natural IUI. Next IUI if this doesn't work, will be medicated.
Try not to freak out too much about the temp drop (I know, easy for me to say right?!) It could have been anything! Maybe you slept extra well last night, or you were mouth breathing for a little while or something and didn't realize it. It will likely go back up tomorrow The P4 will tell you for sure- but it looks like your temps from your previous charts are pretty good, so I have a feeling it will look great. It could also be that you possibly O'd a little earlier and it's an implantation dip?! . Try not to stress too much mama- you need to stay calm and relaxed for that little eggy to get nice and comfy in there for the next 9 months!

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Thanks!
This is my first one, my insurance has covered 100% of my previous treatments with the exception of co-pays so far, so I have no idea. Wish I could be of more help! Generally though, IUI is typically combined with meds (Femara, Clomid, Injectables) and a trigger shot to induce ovulation, so that you get better egg quality, drop your egg or eggs at the right time in your cycle (And when they're at the most mature) and have your best shot at getting pregnant. IUI without meds increases your chances by a bit as well (is it 6% I think?) but I see more women getting prego with the med/iui combination than without. Whatever you choose, GOOD LUCK!!!

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Stitches! I wanted to check on you, and see how it's going? Anything new?

Still playing the waiting game....I caved and tested on 10 and 11 dpo and of course it was negative and then I felt stupid because it was too early, but I was getting antsy. Anyway, got that out of my system and now I feel a bit better, currently 12 dpo and didn't test today. Going to try to hold out until 14 dpo. If only I was one of those ladies who could simply wait for her period to be late.

Nanette56 for you. I have un-monitored cycles, I'm always so curious to see what is actually going on in my ovaries. I'd be excited too!

rcr I live in Canada but fertility treatments aren't covered here. My IUI's are $260 a pop, plus the cost of OPK's and meds, and the costs are higher if you need monitoring. Luckily I have a great drug plan and they paid 100% of my clomid, so that was free!

adorkable did you find an acupuncturist?

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Thanks for the responses - it sounds a lot more affordable than I thought. We suspect that DH has some fertility issues - we won't know for sure for a few more days, but I was just wondering if IUI is even an option for us due to the cost.

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IUI is cheapish, it's IVF that costs an arm and a leg. I'm really, really hoping we don't have to go that route - if so, I would have to decide between IVF and putting a downpayment on a house.
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my iui is not covered by insurance and cost 200 and that includes the sperm washing, any drugs and monitoring is covered and i get that at my RE the iui is done elsewhere in town. that is also why i would have to do sperm banking elsewhere if DH heads out of town.

i have not found a acupuncturist yet, i thought i did but they only work at the seattle clinic and i use the Tacoma one a hour away (but really close to me) since both things would have to be on the same day, two separated clinics that far apart would just not work. kinda happy about it since the lady sounded a bit loopy and hyper on the phone and i dont need that (i already supply enough loopy and hyper for myself!)

for me know i have to start thinking about "if and when" rather than "how" for a bit. looks like we might not know much at all about how long DH would be gone for and may not know much for sure till well into him being gone. if this turns int oa full deployment it brings up all the same issues i had about this before he left to iraq. i so dont want him to miss it all, but i also fell at 35 and 2 years TTC im running out of time and options.

taking it one day at a time...

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kinda happy about it since the lady sounded a bit loopy and hyper on the phone and i dont need that (i already supply enough loopy and hyper for myself!)

for me know i have to start thinking about "if and when" rather than "how" for a bit. looks like we might not know much at all about how long DH would be gone for and may not know much for sure till well into him being gone. if this turns int oa full deployment it brings up all the same issues i had about this before he left to iraq. i so dont want him to miss it all, but i also fell at 35 and 2 years TTC im running out of time and options.

taking it one day at a time...
For sure, if it were me I'd want an acupuncturist with calming energy, not hyper, that is the point, after all? Get it, the point? Sorry, that is my lame attempt at humor. Hopefully you do find someone who is the right fit.

So sorry things are up in the air for you right now with your DH's deployment. From everything you've written I think you sound like a strong lady, and I think taking it one day at a time, at a time like this, is an excellent attitude to have.

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Well, January was another bust. CD1 and gearing up to do another cycle. If this one doesn't work we have to go back and re-do the testing, HSG etc. Now I'm second guessing myself for choosing to defer them this time, I feel like maybe we are missing something. Sigh.

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so i called and found out about sperm storage today since it seems like dh could leave any day now (we still dont know anything, literally anything, starting to fray my nerves)

found out that it will cost $250 for each sample given to be washed and frozen and that includes 3 months storage. if we keep it for longer than that they all would be stored for a annual rate of 450 a year (can be prorated).

not great but also not super bad.

what seemed like a bigger issue is the feeling i had when finding out the info, i started to think that this may be the line i dont like crossing. it was one thing to do the fresh IUI, DH was right there in the waiting room and got to take me home and BD with me in person and it was easy to still feel really good about things.

this is starting to feel like i'm doing it without him. i just didn't think it was supposed to happen this way. I then start to feel the weight of my age and apparent fertility issues and waiting or wanting this to be just right seems a stupid fantasy.

this is really hard, and i think i'm starting to feel the full weight of being 11DPO

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I'm on to a new cycle...last IUI before we have to re-evaluate the game plan with the RE. CD 4, clomid is going, hope I survive the hot flashes again this month. Gearing up to O for Valentines...ooh la la!

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banked sperm today, so strange

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Well, January was another bust. CD1 and gearing up to do another cycle. If this one doesn't work we have to go back and re-do the testing, HSG etc. Now I'm second guessing myself for choosing to defer them this time, I feel like maybe we are missing something. Sigh.
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I know you feel weird about not having DH with you during this process at times but at least you were able to bank his sperm so you don't have to sit out the month. I wish you the best of luck!

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Well, January was another bust. CD1 and gearing up to do another cycle. If this one doesn't work we have to go back and re-do the testing, HSG etc. Now I'm second guessing myself for choosing to defer them this time, I feel like maybe we are missing something. Sigh.
That really sucks. It never gets any freakin' easier to take each month, either. I'm so sorry. You're CD 5 today? How are the Clomid S/E's this time around?

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this is starting to feel like i'm doing it without him. i just didn't think it was supposed to happen this way. I then start to feel the weight of my age and apparent fertility issues and waiting or wanting this to be just right seems a stupid fantasy.

this is really hard, and i think i'm starting to feel the full weight of being 11DPO
How long will he be gone? I'm sorry you feel like you're going it alone. I think the more medical intervention we seek, the less intimacy we get to feel. But I've found that if DH and I separate the Babymaking part of the whole intimacy thing from the REAL intimacy (not trying to make a baby, just being together to be together) it feels a lot better. I.E. early and late cycle DTD is different than mid cycle BD/IUI stuff. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better to think of it that way, less depressing.

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Me too! She's got two main series books, Anita Blake (a vampire hunter) and Merry Gentry (a dark fairy queen), but she writes to a very particular reader. One book and you'll know whether you like it or not. Her books are primarily Killing + Sex + Paranormal stuff + more sex, with a plot thrown in somewhere for good measure

AFM- I go in for my follie scan tomorrow!!! I'm so nervous. What if the meds didn't work? I'm driving myself nuts thinking about it. I got my trigger shot via fed ex this AM, I'm nervous about that too. I just need to get one cycle under my belt so I know what I'm dealing with here. How's everyone else doing?

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Nanette56 good luck on the follicle scan! Hope the trigger shot goes okay, do you do it yourself?

AFM- Well, the clomid has taken my internal thermostat and cranked it up to well done turkey. It's here and I'm sleeping without the covers! My poor family, I've got the furnace practically turned off and I'm still complaining of being hot. Just that and a low-grade headache. If I can keep myself from jumping in a snowdrift I'm doing allright!

I'm trying not to be too down on myself about this, I guess the fact the first IUI worked last time is preying on me. I was quoted a 13% chance each cycle, so getting it in the first go isn't the norm and I should expect it to take a few tries, but I'm also worried that DD was some kind of miracle fluke and I'll never get pregnant again, and I'm not ready to face that thought. If no luck this time then we re-do the tests and meet up with the RE again. Depending on the results we either give another couple tires with IUI or go straight to IVF since at this point they won't consider injectable IUI for me. It's about a 6 month wait at my clinic but they are one of the best in the country, from what I hear.

Anyway, those are all issues for March if we cross that bridge. I'm doing my level best to be calm and hopeful, and am giving myself affirmations that this will happen. It will!

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Nanette56 good luck on the follicle scan! Hope the trigger shot goes okay, do you do it yourself?

I was quoted a 13% chance each cycle, so getting it in the first go isn't the norm and I should expect it to take a few tries, but I'm also worried that DD was some kind of miracle fluke and I'll never get pregnant again, and I'm not ready to face that thought.
I am seriously feeling you with the miracle part. I really do think DS was a miracle at this point. I'm sending you all sorts of positive vibes for this cycle! I know it will happen for you again

AFM (CROSS POSTED FROM BSL THREAD) Bad bad news from the nurse at my follie scan. She could only find one 11mm follie (I think it was more like 10 and she was making me feel better) on my R ovary, and none worth even an honorable mention on my left. The double dose of Femara should have pushed up my ovulation by a bit, so we should be seeing AT LEAST one 16mm follie, (more like 2 or three on the dose I am on) and there was NOTHING. She said "what is going on with your ovaries girl?" They're going to call me this afternoon and give me the results of my estrogen test, and probably have me come in and re-check in a few days. She said they may have to switch my medication and move me to injectables, which I didn't want to do. We had a freakin' plan!!! And my body is broken, so it's shot to hell. I'm so sad/depressed/angry...I don't know which emotion to focus on. I know you guys can relate. Can't seem to stop today, and I have so much damn work to do. I'm miserable, and this cycle looks like it was a complete waste.

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CD1- yeah that sucks

So looking forward...due to this deployment i just dont know what we are going to do with this cycle. he may be here for O, may not. not sure if i want to possibly spoil out last days together before he leaves with clomid and HSG crazyness

so much to ponder

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Adorkable How long is he going to be gone? That really stinks, not to know. Where are you in your cycle now?

Stitches How are you?

AFM- I went in on Saturday for another follie scan and I had a nice big fat 16mm follie. So the doc called Saturday afternoon, and told me to trigger Monday night (tonight) and I'm going in for the IUI on Wednesday!!! WOOHOO!!! This is the first time I will have ovulated at a relatively "normal" time in my cycle! I was so down about not seeing anything @ CD10, but apparently it was ok I'm super nervous about the shot tonight, and the IUI on Wednesday. But here's hoping it works!

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Yay Nanette! I hope it works!

I'm cd 11, to start using OPK's tommorow, so I should have the IUI sometime this week, I'm thinking Friday or Saturday. Really wish this could be it...it will be a few months until we can do another. This time I ordered some cheap pregnancy tests on line and I am going to be a big dork and pee on them to my heart's content.

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