We're currently on last cycle of clomid and thinking IUI might be suggested.
I've seen lots of people in the unexplained category been told to try this first, however aren't the chances of it working only about a 10% success rate?
If so, what is the point in it? Isn't that lower than trying naturally?...
Also, Why is it lower than the chances of trying naturally?...shouldn't it be higher?
floofymad~ I've heard quite a few different answers on this- Usually success rates are about 20-25% if there are problems which means you have an equal shot sort of to those not taking anything or needing anything. My doctor said if you have known issues- it's lower- but for unexplained fertility- up to 40% success rate. No matter what- an IUI is going to help your chances- it puts the best of the best sperm right up where they need to be- they don't need to travel and are not being dragged down by excess fluid- that right there increases your odds. Usually a doc does Clomid in conjunction with an IUI bc Clomid dries up your CM and can actually in some ways DECREASE your odds of getting pregnant without the IUI. My doctor was very optimistic about my DH and I even though he had a slightly low sperm count and low morphology. Clomid and IUI worked on the 1st try for us thankfully- but very sadly- I just miscarried at 7 weeks It's been very hard- but I will UNDOUBTEDLY do Clomid/IUI if we don't get preggo on our own within 3 cycles. Best of luck dear!
I think everyone's opinion of IUI is very different, & every clinic will give you different odds too!
In my case, I wish we hadn't bothered with our 2 IUIs, as when we eventually did IVF, the sperm wasn't binding to the egg properly, so IUI would probably never have worked for us. Although that's not something that could have been picked up without doing IVF.
Certainly the IUI does put the best sperm into the right place, although with unexplained infertility, the problem might not be solved by doing the IUI same as what we discovered. Think that's why the odds are so low with IUI & unexplained (my clinic is 10%), cause the problem might be caused by something that IUI can't fix. Although it might not be, & might work first time! There's no way of knowing.
Wishing you all the best of luck with whatever you do though.
I have PCOS, although I do not have any of the side effects associated with the disease. Which if I hadn't had a blood test they would have never known what was wrong with me. Shockingly enough, my last blood test (in January) came back completely normal -- although the doctor informed me that this doesn't mean I don't still have PCOS. Fertility is a confusing subject ... I think that's because our bodies can change month to month for no reason. It would explain why some people can go years TTC and then all of a sudden get pregnant.
I believe in giving IUI a shot. Some people just need an extra boost! For me, I don't think it's PCOS that has stopped me from becomming pregnant. I am convinced it's because of two things: tilted Uterus (therefore hard to get to) and possible volitile enviroment for the sperm. I believe the sperm die before finding the opening.
In this case, IUI is a blessing. In 2008, after 6 long depressing years of TTC, I got pregnant after 2 IUI's. It was literally the 2nd month of trying through that clinic. Another thing is ... IUI is cheap in comparison to IVF. I say give it a shot ... at least a couple times Good luck! Sorry for the novel
PS- Injectibles can increase your odd's of getting pregnant up to 30%. Also, Femara is MUCH gentler than Clomid.
What does Femara do?..
Clomid is killing me for 2 weeks a month, so will ask about that.
Wonder what they'll say my chances are with endo and IUI?...
Femara is a DREAM compared to Clomid and they do the EXACT same thing. I took Clomid for a year before switching fertility doctors and he recommended Femara. WHAT A RELIEF! The worst thing I notice is a smidge of a headache. When I was on Clomid ... I could list 20 side effects.
I stage 3 endo as well and am now on IUI #3. I have used clomid for all of the cycles also. I live in southern california and my RE is very well recommended and he insists that clomid has a better success rate than femara in conjunction with iui. So I decided to try clomid once more even with the side effects... I am using repronex as well day 9, 11,and 13 also.
I am now on CD11 and will be doing my IUI on 2/28 or 3/1...
I'm classed as unexplained as well and we were told to skip IUI altogether and go straight to IVF. We were given a 5% chance of IUI working for us and we were also told the reason the percentage is low is because I am unexplained meaning I ovulate and everything works fine so the only thing IUI does is put the washed sperm into my uterus which TBH doesn't do me a lot of good.
Just ask alot of questions when your being given different options, we were told we could try 2-3 cycles of IUI if we wanted to but chances were slim it would work. We'll be going ahead with IVF in March or April and have been told we would have a great chance of getting pregnant. The problem with Unexplained is that there are no clear answers...good luck with it all!!
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