Can you tell me what IUI involves?

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Registered: 01-22-2013
Can you tell me what IUI involves?
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 3:08pm

 Hello everyone, I'm hoping I can get some information on what IUI is really like, what it involves and if anyone is using donor sperm?  Long story short, I'm still trying to convince my husband to go that route but he's being very stubborn.  He has a very low sperm count, and it appears that using a donor would be the best option, so I'm trying to find out as much as possible about the process and IUI.   Are there any side effects, are there medications involved, and how can he feel part of the process?  Thanks so much. 



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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 2:04pm

Hi sportsnut, welcome to the board!  I have a link from our Health channel that will provide you with some basic information:

I think if you have him there for support, it can make him feel part of the process.  I hope that you can convince him to go with donor sperm.  It's the parenting that makes a parent, not the genetics.  

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Registered: 01-26-2010
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 4:21pm

Hi!  We haven't gone through IUI yet, but plan on it next cycle if all goes well.  We've done five cycles of clomid this time around with no luck.  Do you know why your husband is hesitant to go to IUI?  Is he not comfortable with donor sperm?  If not, have you looked into methods of raising his sperm count?  Or is he not comfortable with the entire process?  I think your best bet will be to have a heart to heart and find out where his heart is and why it is there, then once you know why he's not all for it then you can start working to come together to make a plan.

As far as I can understand, IUI is bascially like using clomid but instead of timed intercourse, they do an HCG trigger shot and then a certain number of hours later do the insemination.  Here's what I think my protocol will be.

Clomid cycle days 3-7
Ultrasound on cycle day 10 or 11
HCG trigger shot somewhere around CD 10-12
IUI the day following the shot 

Good luck!