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08-07-2014 11:19 AM
shesaidboom That's a tough one, especially since you had success in the past. That may lead me to want to try IUI again because it has the potential to work and is much less invasive/costly. Would you have the choice of trying one IUI cycle and then move on to IVF if you felt differently, or would you have to sign on for two (provided the first didn't work)? Maybe that's an option.
06-29-2014 10:25 AM
rs11 Xerxella, the RE is willing to do 2 more because we did have success with the chemical and we didn't know I had a tube blocked at the time.

Radio, one of the things I really like about my RE is that he really believes in letting patient's make their own choices about their healthcare. He will give you all the information, answer questions, and make a recommendation, but he believes that the choice should be yours without a compelling reason to the contrary.

Thanks for your input, ladies!
06-29-2014 09:47 AM
radiowave Hi,
We had thought that we were going to do 3 or 4 rounds of IUI (I have unexplained secondary fertility, and a TransAbdominal Cerclage ,TAC, for my Incompetent Cervix). The idea was that the sperm just needed some help getting through my cervix, or that was what was suggested by the surgeon who did my TAC. But now it turns out that DH has borderline low motility of the sperm. So, the RE has suggested only two rounds of IUI before moving on to IVF. (I think age played a part in that decision, I am 38 and DH is 44.) I have been considering it and I am glad for moving aggressively due to my age, and my daughter's age (she is almost 6.) I am interested to hear that you are being given a choice. Our RE didn't say we had to do it this way, but he didn't ask which we would prefer. (I also have the issue of really needing to avoid multiples because we are not sure the TAC would hold with that much more pressure on the cervix.)
06-29-2014 09:27 AM
Xerxella Personally, I would think since you already did 4 IUIs without success, I wouldn't go for 6. The rule I thumb is 3 IUIs before IVF, but, of course, everyone's situation is different. Hopefully someone else can chime in and add their experiences.

If you want, you can ask over in the fertility challenged one thread. There are a lot of great women over there and they may see your question and give you more input.

Good luck on whatever you decide.


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06-28-2014 04:39 AM
rs11 Xerxella, in our case we have the choice between the two right now. When we were doing fertility treatments a few years ago before we had our surprise adoption, we did four IUIs (two with oral only, two with oral + injectables) and had a chemical. I have PCOS and one blocked tube. The doctor says we can do two more IUIs or go straight to IVF.
06-27-2014 07:22 AM
Xerxella @rs11 - This isn't an either/ or scenario. It totally depends on what problem you're trying to combat. Many people start with the less invasive and costly IUI, but only if it has the potential to help. People with severe male factor infertility or blocked tubes or many other things will not be helped by IUI.

As far as financial considerations, if you get pregnant on your first IUI, it was the better choice. If you're still not pregnant by your 3rd IUI with injectibles, then IVF would have been a better choice. But, of course, you don't know that until after the money's already spent.
06-26-2014 06:29 AM
rs11
IUIs or IVF?

Which did you decide? What factors led to your decision? Did it work or did you go from one to the other?

We're trying to decide what to do and we want to be sure to weigh all the factors (cost, odds of success, etc). Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks, and baby dust to everyone!

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