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.
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.....
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... :)
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!