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IUI- anyone else?

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Artesia Thu 21-Mar-13 12:15:35

After 18 months ttc with no joy, DP and I had a full battery of tests, but came back as a very frustrating case of unexplained infertility.

Given DP's age, we decided we didn't want to just wait and see if we got lucky naturally, so we're now in our first cycle of IUI- had my trigger shot yesterday, and going in for insemination this afternoon. Am ridiculously nervous - way more than I thought I would be- but trying not to get my hopes up as I know the stats for IUI.

Anyone else going through IUI at the moment and fancy some mutual support and hand holding?

tillyann2013 Mon 29-Apr-13 10:21:44

Sorry to hear your news Hester, hope you managed to enjoy the wedding.

My af is still missing in action, day 49! Hospital want to give be provera to bring it on. Anyone had this before?

Happilymarried155 Wed 01-May-13 19:13:20

So got my first appointment Friday to start the iui process.....,what questions to I need to ask?

On cd24 at the moment so hoping I should be able to start it next week!

Hope everyone is ok!

Artesia Wed 08-May-13 10:29:22

Just chicking in to see how your appointment went *Happily". Hope all was good and you've got started on it all

Hope all well with everyone else

Artesia Wed 08-May-13 10:29:35

checking even!

Happilymarried155 Wed 08-May-13 13:10:47

Went well, we have another appointment tomorrow to give us all the information that we need and then should start it in my next cycle!
Trying not to get my hopes but I've got everything crossed! smile

Artesia Wed 08-May-13 13:46:43

fab - got everything crossed for you too Happily

ScarlettInSpace Thu 09-May-13 19:55:00

Well after a super slow start [only 10mm by CD15 ffs] my follie had a growth spurt between Monday & this morning and it's nearly doubled at 18mm! Triggered straightaway and booked in for IUI tomorrow!

hester how are you doing, have you gone straight back in this month?

Artesia Thu 09-May-13 19:57:15

Great news Scarlett- will be thinking of you to tomorrow. Best of luck!

ScarlettInSpace Fri 10-May-13 09:57:07

Thank you!
Despite my cycnicism and general not-expecting-it-to-work-where-two-ivfs-have-failed I'm weirdly excited.

Is it wrong to be excited about a date with a posh turkey baster?

Artesia Fri 10-May-13 12:19:52

Not at all! Just don't do what I did- I got all nervous and over-chatty, babbling away to distract self.

When they had finished the iui the nurse said "right, I will leave you here for 10 minutes to lie down". The right answer would have been " jolly good. Thank you". Not, as I said, "what, you mean you don't want a cuddle and a cigarette now it's over?". Followed by ridiculous nervous giggling. I honestly have no idea why I said it.

Been back for check ups several times since, and can't look that nurse in the eye......

Happilymarried155 Fri 10-May-13 12:23:14

Scarlett...I feel exactly the same, I feel wrong for being excited but I can't help it! I think it's because it's a step in the right direction!

WeeNoggi Sat 11-May-13 07:46:54

I'm excited too! This month went a 1000* better than last month so fingers crossed for us all.

Happilymarried155 Sat 11-May-13 18:36:18

Fingers crossed indeed! I have to wait and see if I can start on my next cycle as in order to start iui I have to come on my period on either a Friday, sat or Sunday. If I don't they give me some drugs to make sure I do next time. Has anyone else heard of this?

ScarlettInSpace Mon 13-May-13 08:55:20

Well we IUI'd on Friday & got a couple of back up shags in on Sat & Sun so I think we've done all we can for this month!

Inital optimism has worn off so we'll have to see...

happily my clinic has the same starting protocol, however as my ovaries took an extra week to warm up it seemed fairly pointless to me. Its because a/ the lab don't work weekend & b/ they don't do theatre on a Friday afternoon so I think they try to shoe-horn IUI in then. Are you in West Midlands by any chance? I wonder if its an NHS thing or a CRM thing...

I spot for 3-4 days before CD1 so I had planned to <ahem> possibly stretch my CD1 one way or another as I don't want any more drugs than necessary, given the farce that was this cycle but luckily I started on Sunday this time, I would definitely do it though if i was within a day or so, they aren't going to check!

ScarlettInSpace Mon 13-May-13 08:58:04

PS/ artesia I actually LOL'd at your cigarette comment grin

Happilymarried155 Mon 13-May-13 18:42:43

That's useful to know Scarlett. Yes we are in the midlands so it must be the same! Does that mean that they don't actually do the iui at the weekends? If we get to start this cycle my dh will be away on what would be my day 14 but that's falls on a Saturday. She did say iui days tend to be a Monday or a Friday.

Good luck! I have my fingers crossed for you! Is this your first attempt?

ScarlettInSpace Mon 13-May-13 20:04:08

It's my first IUI but I've had a couple of nightmare IVF/ICSI's that failed epically, used our NHS funding up so consultant suggested we try IUI [as we get 3 go's funded] - she is much more positive than me lol! She thinks while I have eggs we should keep trying until we've exhausted all options, so I'm going along with her grin

The nurse told OH they don't do IUI at the weekend basically because there's no-one in the lab at the weekend hmm It annoys me that rthey want me to take drugs to screw up my cycle to fit in with their schedule, but I guess that's the NHS, one size fits all, which I understand [I just don't like!] If I was paying privately I'd expect a 7 day service wink

Happilymarried155 Mon 13-May-13 20:10:18

So does that mean they don't do the actual iui in day 14? Cuz if that was the case day 14 would fall at the weekend. I know what you mean though its quite annoying to have to take extra drugs, that's why I would rather start this month. I'm due on a Sunday but 14 days later my dh is away! Bloody typical.

Sorry to hear you have been through the mill, we have been ttc for just over two years, this is our first attempt.

Hope you have loads of things planned for the next couple of weeks to try and keep your mind off the 2ww!

ScarlettInSpace Tue 14-May-13 07:27:17

They seem to do it on day 13, 14 or 15 depending, in my case it was day 20! Although my sister did comment on how convenient it was that my follies had a growth spurt just in time for them to do it on a Friday hmm

I stressed and stressed about when I was starting and ultimately itcdydnt matter like I said - my body cooperated on the start day then took 3 weeks to grow the follies grin

OH's birthday this week so that's a distraction, to be honest though ive spent a lot of time googling so far blush and symptom spotting which I haven't done for ages!

Happilymarried155 Tue 14-May-13 19:23:12

I think il just have to wait and see!

Good luck, I'm always googling everything! It's such a nightmare! smile

BlindKitty Wed 15-May-13 11:11:27

Hi guys! Can I join in? Only know scarlett in here as usually only frequent the conception forum. I'm hopefully starting iui next month. Have there been any success stories in this thread yet? X

Artesia Wed 15-May-13 14:09:29

Hi Kitty- welcome to the thread!

I'm incredibly lucky as DP and I were successful with our first round of IUI- had a scan yesterday at 9 weeks 2 days, and so far all is looking really good.

Hopefully there will be plenty more success stories soon, as there are a few on here going through IUI at the moment.

BlindKitty Wed 15-May-13 16:53:18

artesia that's so reassuring to know. We're in same boat as you were, except we've been ttc for 2 years. I might have to bombarded with questions at some point, if that's ok? So, so pleased for you. How is the pregnancy going? X

Artesia Wed 15-May-13 17:45:46

Absolutely. Am no expert, but happy to help with any questions if I can.

Pregnancy all going pretty well so far- just ridiculously tired and eating like a horse. Struggling to just relax And enjoy it though- almost waiting for something to go wrong. Roll on 12 weeks and hopefully I will stop fretting quite so much....

BlindKitty Thu 16-May-13 02:49:41

artesia have you not had an earlier scan? Do they only offer that with ivf?

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