What is insemination like?

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Registered: 07-08-2005
What is insemination like?
Fri, 08-25-2006 - 2:58pm
The next step for me is insemination. Have to do the ovulation predictor kit and then after that I will have the insemination done. Is getting inseminated really successful?
I kinda wonder if it will work the first time. I hope so...cuz I'm not getting any younger.

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Registered: 08-20-2005
Sat, 08-26-2006 - 9:41am

Insemination I found was much like going in for a pap smear. You will have a speculum placed in the vagina, but then they insert a long syringe like object to transfer the sperm. I had it done a few times and it did not work for me, but I believe because of my age that the shell on my eggs was tougher and the IVF with ICSI is what did the trick for me. Insemination is very successful for many women, and can bypass problems with sperm mobility or your body rejecting the sperm. Good luck, relax


42 yrs old, DH 41 yrs old


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Registered: 08-09-2004
Thu, 08-31-2006 - 8:24pm
I had one IUI and it was like...nothing. Took all of 5 minutes.
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Registered: 09-06-2006
Sun, 09-17-2006 - 11:27am

Hi, I'm 41 & was ttc #2 on & off for a year or so. My RE gave us a few options & we decided to go IUI route with clomid. I did 100mg clomid on days 3-7 & had 2 eggs mature. Went in for IUI the day after I had a + on the OPK, then the next 2 days until I ovulated. We were very fortunate & successful with the first cycle. I'm now 6w2d pregnant with #2.

My RE's office did the IUI (felt just like a pap) & then did an ultrasound to see if the eggs were released. Took a total of 5 minutes, then I had to stay lying down for another 5 minutes. The only tough part was dropping off DH's sample 2 hours earlier & then had to hang around till it was ready!

Good luck with whatever you decide!

edd 5/12/07

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Registered: 08-03-2005
Sun, 09-17-2006 - 1:43pm

i agree that it's just like a pap.

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Registered: 07-08-2005
Sun, 09-17-2006 - 2:41pm
I agree that this whole roller coaster gets frustrating to all of us "older" ladies.
I just started my cycle today and was just hoping that something would happen this month.
How upsetting. But I must pick my chin up and wait till day 14 to do the ovulation kits again, then maybe IUI if I ovulate properly. I wonder why Marcia Cross can get pregnant at 44, and then I struggle at 43. Some seem to think women who eat healthy and exercise have a better chance. I guess I'm not one of those. i keep my fingers crossed and pray that something positive comes out of all this.
Good luck to you,

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Registered: 06-28-2006
Mon, 09-18-2006 - 12:07pm
Hi. My name is Beth (40) and DH is David (34). I have a dd (11) from a previous marriage. David and I have been married almost a year and have been ttc for 6 months. Last month we started working with a RE at the Nashville Fertility Clinic and I had my first IUI on September 7. AF is due this Weds and I am hoping she just goes on by me! :-)
The IUI was not painful and only last a few minutes. I had a medicated (Clomid) cycle and had 4 eggs but only one mature. DH had good volume (177 million after washing) but the motility was low 38%). I also have a very small cervix. We have decided to do IUI 3 times and if that does not work we will go onto IVF. My RE will not do IVF with my eggs after age 42 so the pressure is on. Please let us know when your IUI is scheduled and keep us updated. Good luck.