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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 10:50 am
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I had back to back IUI's and I think it was worth it...well, I don't know any different but it worked. :)  I did the trigger shot and then did the first IUI 24 hours later.  Then the second IUI was 24 hours after that one (48 hours after the trigger).  I know when I went in for the first IUI based on u/s that I hadn't ovulated yet.  But when I went in for the seond one, I had.  So I O'd smack in the middle of the two IUI's (basically about 36 hours after the trigger.  I think the sperm from the first IUI were probably hanging out waiting for the eggs to release and the eggs were still alive and vialbe for the sperm to meet from the second one.  If I had only done one IUI, I think they are typically done 36 hours after the trigger so you have to hope that you O on time and that things line up.  I know it works for some people but I honestly think B2B helped in my case.

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm
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I had 2 cycles of unsuccessful singles...both with FSH injections and trigger shots followed by progesterone until betas tested negative....

But I do know couples who've gotten pregnant from single IUI's.
Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm
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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm
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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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That all happened in TX...then we moved back to CA, and bye-bye fertility coverage!! :(. The TX RE didn't do b2b's for some reason....and yeah, they repeatedly told us that the chances of conceiving thru IUI was the same as intercourse.....

Since then, we've gotten pregnant somehow 3 times in our own...first was a blighted ovum (empty sac) at 6 weeks, the next one tested positive for Down Syndrome at 11 weeks, and the 3rd was basically a chemical. We're at the end of our rope...
Posted on October 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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It's truly devastating. :(

We are considering adoption...costs are similar to IVF...but at least you know you'd end up with a baby...not a failed IVF cycle.... We actually got into a study for a free cycle of IVF thru the dr I referred Michelle to...but then we ended up with pregnancy #2 and had to withdraw from the study...then it was closed by the time we found out the bad news...Now I would not consider IVF unless we got a donor egg....And win the lottery....
Posted on October 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm
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The egg is viable for up to 24 hours after ovulation so if an IUI takes place 12 hours later, placing the sperm right at the entrance of the tubes (which mine did) then it's totally possible.  I had five mature follicles and all released.  Thank GOD no more than two took!! :)  I believe Jady conceived via a Clomid IUI...all you need is one good follicle and one good sperm to meet up.  I personally think that IUI was our solution because I don't think DH's sperm were really getting anywhere much past my cervix (I produce almost zero CM).  So if they don't have that long, dangerous journey to make, then they have more of a chance.  Our RE told us that IUI only had like a less than 10% chance of working (less than intercourse - which made no sense to me) and that IVF was the way to go if we wanted a higher success rate (of course he said that...it's what he specializes in).  But we weren't ready for that.  Well, 13 cycles of well timed sex never worked but one cycle of IUI did so.....

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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm
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I know you didn't ask me...but both Michelle and I went to Coastal Fertility in Irvine....Dr. Lawrence Werlin....I was referred to him (and the study at the time) by my OB/GYN, also the same one Michelle sees. Hope that helps....

And thank you for the kind words....some days are harder than others but we're getting by....
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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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Haha...our wedding was there, and we lived in Dallas at that time...we moved back to OC about 18 mos ago....we're down in Laguna Niguel.
Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm
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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm
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Hey there,

I just wanted to pipe up with my experience. M is right. I did a Clomid IUI with a trigger shot.
We did 3 single IUI's and for each one I was on Clomid day 3-7 and did an Ovidrel trigger shot the day before the scheduled IUI. #3 was the one that finally did the trick for us.
I actually regularly ovulate on my own and there were even 2 cycles where I was just being monitored (no meds) that they found more than one follicle maturing at the same rate. In my case, I was put on Clomid solely to control when I would ovulate and to make sure that wasn't the one time I didn't O. We were actually very good candidates for IVF since DH's SA results were not very good and there was not much he could have done on his own to change that. He exercises, doesn't smoke, takes vitamins and he eats relatively good food (as long as I'm around!).
His SA results were just barely within the acceptable range for IUI and while we were hopeful that IUI would work for us I think we saw it as more of a way to ease our way onto the IVF path while feeling like we were actually doing something.
I was lucky with my insurance and had the luxury of trying IUI even though the chances of it working for us were quite low. If we had to pursue the IVF route we would have had to shell out a whole lot of money since my fertility coverage has a lifetime max but we decided to gamble and use a good bit of that amount towards the IUI. IVF is just so invasive and seemed time consuming and emotionally draining and I just wasn't ready at the time. I did start saving money for the possible eventuality of IVF and now have it set aside for when and if we need to explore that route again for baby #2.
I'm not sure that my specific experience is the same as yours but I do hope that it gives you a glimmer of hope. After 17 cycles of trying and a seemingly endless amount of time in stirrups I understand how very frustrating and daunting the whole process can be. I still marvel at the fact that I am pregnant right now and crazily enough I still have anxiety. I worried I wouldn't get pregnant and now I worry I won't "stay" pregnant and I'm sure a whole new set of worries will emerge when the baby arrives.
This group helped me to maintain my sanity and I still poke around over here to keep up with everyone. I hope I can still be of help in some way to you and the rest of the girls.
Lots of baby dust for you... :)

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Posted on October 21, 2011 at 5:44 am
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GOOD LUCK!!! FX for you :) Keep us posted.


And I want to thank everyone on this post - I learned SO much about IUI in just a few minutes!

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