IUI – first, second, and third encounter…

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for such a long time. I was out of the country on family business and then when I came back, I spend 2-3 months planning a move and hardly had the time to update you guys on my well being.

In the time I disappeared, I did three rounds of IUI. The IUI procedure is quit simple for a natural cycle. What a nature cycle means is that the woman does not need to be injected with hormones in order for her to ovulate and time the insemination. Since I ovulate regularly, the doctor didn’t see a need for me to do hormone treatment. Boy, was I happy about this because the hormone stuff will give you world crazy PMS symptoms. By the end of the treatment, you and your husband might as well get a divorce because you’ll become so insanely moody all the time.

For IUI, I simply went to the office around the time I’m supposed to ovulate in the month for a blood test (to test my hormone surge prior to ovulation) and a vaginal ultrasound to check whether I have developed any large follicles on my ovary (this is when you’re getting ready to ovulate). If the follicles are over 2cm, that means they’re big enough so that there’s a mature egg in there ready to “burst” out ready to be inseminated. However, if there aren’t follicles that look like this, that means you’re probably not going to ovulate that month.

Luckily for me, I was going to ovulate in 2 of the 3 of those inseminations. Yes, women don’t really ovulate “each” month. It’s normal for a woman to not ovulate 11/12 months in the year or 10 out of the 12 months in the year. It’s perfectly normal. This doesn’t mean you don’t get a period though. But that period would be a body’s fake period. I’ll write something about this in a separate article.

We still did “3” inseminations because I was stubborn and figured the ultrasound probably didn’t pick up follicles that could have been blocked my by endometriomas (it is possible) and the doctor thought it may be possible as well since my hormone levels seemed normal.

IUI takes literally 15 minutes for the entire procedure process and this includes the 10 minutes in waiting after the procedure. All they do is take your dear husband’s sperm, put it in an injector hooked to a catheter and inject it into your uterus. The catheter is a thin plastic tube (kind of dingy actually since it bends really easily)  and is about 8-10 inches long. You lie there as if you’re getting a regular pap and then they take the catheter and poke around in there until they find your uterus. This should not hurt but it tickles a bit. The word “poke” may not have been the right word since it sounds painful but it is actually what they’re doing but it didn’t hurt.

Once they found your uterus, they inject your dear husband’s good stuff into you where you’ll feel a little cramping (like a light period cramp) for a split second. Then you’re done. They put your legs up and you lie on the table (covered of course) for about 10 minutes and then you can get up and go do your daily chores but keep it light for the day and don’t lift heavy things.

I looked on the bill to the insurance and it said $480 about. Not bad for an entire procedure with sperm washing included right?

Result – not pregnant. IUI isn’t magic. It’s the same as if you were doing it regularly yourself with your husband except for the fact his sperm travels less time to get next to the egg. The thing is, your egg must be there for the sperm to find still and the chances of getting pregnant with IUI is the SAME as if you had intercourse yourself.

So why did we do it? Because my dear hubby has low motility and the doctor said this may decrease the number of sperm “dying” out in the swim process to the uterus.

What’s next? I’ve been procrastinating to do this but I think it may have to be done: IVF. However, there are many ways to do IVF. A more natural way and a more forced way. More about this later.

 

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