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Any tips on improving IUI chances?

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Harry81 Mon 22-Jul-13 18:16:38

Hi all, me & my hubby are a few days into our second round of IUI. Does any one have any tips on improving our chances? One of the nurses mentioned eating Brazil nuts??! I take folic acid and have swapped to decafe coffee.... Is there anything else I can do? Desperate to increase my chances this time.....

Artesia Tue 23-Jul-13 12:20:41

Apparently brazil nuts do have somethign in which helps sperm quality- 3 a day is the recommended serving. Personally I think the ones dipped in choc are WAY more effective wink

Best of luck with the IUI. We had it earlier this year and, although it wasn't the most pleasant experience, was totally worth it.

Harry81 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:17:54

Hi Artesia, thanks for your comment. My IUI was very painful on first go....def not pleasant. It was hard when it didn't work as I felt like I had all the right signs and symptoms but after 5yrs of trying its all too easy to imagine it I guess!!! Feeling good about this 2nd go.....I love chocolate covered brazil nuts mmmm so might buy them for hubby and help him eat them tee hee!!!

BlindKitty Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:25

Hi guys, nothing useful to say as yet as don't start til next month (I think). 1st appt thurs so any tips gravely appreciated. Dh hates nuts..wonder if I could grind them up and add to his food without him knowing haha. We have r had any alcohol for 3 weeks, taking or evacuate vits, no caffiene, eating healthily and going to the gym 3 times a week. Please feel free to make any other suggestions!

BlindKitty Sun 28-Jul-13 06:02:12

*evacuate is meant to be pregnacare! Ironically the first time I wrote pregnacare, my phone autocorrected to pregnancy scare haha grin

Harry81 Mon 29-Jul-13 16:58:03

Hi Blindkitty, sounds like you are doing all the right things. I read an interesting article that said in a study of a group of womem having IUI those who laid down for 15mins afterwards had a higher sucess rate.... Had my 2nd IUI today & stayed laying down (though felt a bit daft as was on weird dentist like chair they use legs in sirrups!!). My nurse today also told me laughing is supposed to help as it reliefs tension... Not sure if she was trying to get me to relax though smile

BlindKitty Mon 29-Jul-13 19:52:37

Omg how undignified! Duly noted though and will defo take your advice!!! Let me know how it goes!

Happilymarried155 Mon 29-Jul-13 22:18:29

Due to start my first cycle of iui tommorow so will be listening to any of these tips smile good luck everyone!

BlindKitty Tue 30-Jul-13 06:24:21

happily good luck! When you say 'start', what's the first step? Sure they'll explain all at my appointment on thurs but I don't really have a clue atm!

Happilymarried155 Tue 30-Jul-13 07:36:36

My AF should arrive today when it does I need to take my first clomid tablet and ring up the hospital to book my day 5 scan. This scan will check my womb lining and that my eggs are going on nicely and determine whether I need to give myself the injections (that's basically what it says on the info I have anyway!)

Jemimapuddleduk Tue 30-Jul-13 15:15:51

Hello- I had 2 rounds of iui and both worked, sadly first time I had a missed miscarriage but we got our beautiful 4 month old daughter with the second round.
I had fertility acupuncture during the cycle and after the procedure and also used zita west cd with positive thinking and meditation. We also had sex the eve of the procedure and the 2 days after to improve chances.
Good luck! X

fijamez Tue 30-Jul-13 15:29:01

I found having a full bladder helped with the catheter part and made it less uncomfortable. heard various things about resting and keeping warm but im not sure whether these had any medical foundation.

fingers crossed - good luck

BlindKitty Tue 30-Jul-13 20:29:35

Fijamezis it very uncomfortable then? I'd be too worried about having a full bladder in case it fell strait out when I had a wee! Did it work for you btw?

jemima thats encouraging to know. I was thinking about the accupuncture actually. Did you go to a proper registered centre or to one of those Chinese herbalist places?

happliy all systems go then! Keep me posted! We can be iui buddies!

Happilymarried155 Tue 30-Jul-13 20:32:15

Got my first scan on Friday-I really hope of works!

When is your first appointment? smile

BlindKitty Tue 30-Jul-13 21:45:16

happily Thursday at 8.30. Do you think I'll start next cycle (af due 11th although still holding out for my ironic pre iui bfp! Hope your scan goes well smile

Artesia Tue 30-Jul-13 22:59:49

waves at Happily and Kitty. Glad to hear all is now underway for you both, and fingers firmly crossed for you.

Happilymarried155 Wed 31-Jul-13 07:15:39

Blindkitty depends on your clinic on when you start. My clinic requires your AF to start on a fri, sat or sun. So if it doesn't they will give you notheristerone in order to time your next cycle correctly, that's why I ended up having to wait a couple of months. Let is know his you get on!

Jemimapuddleduk Wed 31-Jul-13 16:18:34

Hello I found a zita west accredited acupuncturist - look on her website and enter your postcode.
Good luck

Happilymarried155 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:15:47

How did you get on yesterday blind kitty?

I'm off for my cd5 scan today-I'm so nervous! Does anyone know what they are looking for in this scan?

BlindKitty Fri 02-Aug-13 21:12:59

<waves back at artesia>

happily I think I'll start on 12th or 13th! So impressed with what I've been offered! I get 3 goes at iui, failing that ivf (no wait) with a fresh embie and poss a frozen one afterwards. Seems yo be pretty good compared to some areas. My friend has only been offered 1 ivf or 2 iuis!

The only think I'm worried about it the dosage of clomid. They've presct

BlindKitty Fri 02-Aug-13 21:15:44

Oops! Prescribed me 100mg even though I overstimulated on that dose when I was on clomid earlier in the year - what do you think?

Happilymarried155 Fri 02-Aug-13 21:17:47

That's similar to us. I had a cd4 scan today, seemed to go ok, I've got 6 follies, three on either side-a couple are small and one of them is 10mm already. I've got to start the menapor injections tommorow. I'm hoping so badly that it works!

How much clomid have you been prescribed?

Happilymarried155 Fri 02-Aug-13 21:18:38

Just saw your message, I've started on 50mg, did you ask them about it?

BlindKitty Sat 03-Aug-13 07:01:31

Yeh, even the nurse looked sceptical so she went to check with the consultant! It's really bothering me as they'll cancel if I over-stim! Just wondering if she was exaggerating the last time when she said my levels were 'through the roof'

Happilymarried155 Sat 03-Aug-13 07:40:45

the consultant warned me that it's quite common to over stim on your first attempt because of a mixture of all the drugs together and your body wondering what's going on. I've got my fingers crossed that doesn't happen, I've waited so long to get to this point il be devastated if I can't do the whole cycle!

It's good the nurse was going to talk to the consultant for you though, maybe she will change your dosage after speaking to him? X

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