Should I take the gamble??
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|Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:24am|
So I had an idea.... What about trying an unmedicated IUI prior to the IVF? If it didn't work it wouldn't set my IVF back. My next period (which is due late next week) is still too early to fall in their 'period dates' for IVF so no lupron for me next cycle. I think Sept 29th is the earliest AF could come and be in next uptime, my next period should fall with in their dates though.
They initially wanted me to do a 'natural' IUI because of no known issues on me but since DS is so expensive I wanted something to up my chances. But the femara was making me ovulate earlier than normal and my lining wasn't ready, etc. And overall they weren't timed right. Also I don't want to risk anything making my cycle screwy and missing the next uptime.
So I just emailed my clinic. I asked them to review my chart and see if it would be a waste of time and money to do an unmedicated IUI next cycle. However I requested ultrasound monitoring before the IUI. Basically what I want to do is just use the OPKs again and when/if I get a smiley face, call them request an ultrasound and IUI. Do the ultrasound first make sure everything looks good and if it does go down and thaw the sperm and do the IUI. It would be more time consuming but I'd feel better knowing it was timed correctly if I'm going to use a vial of donor sperm. I think I requested this before and they said it was a waste but I don't think so because one of the times i had an ultrasound they showed that i was about to ovulate or just ovulated and my lining was thin because it was so early, so we didn't do the iui. But I think that proves that they can tell when I ovulate based on an ultrasound.
The issue is IUIs only have a 10-15% success rate, so this would be a gamble on the cost of the vial of donor sperm. However if things don't look good we wouldn't waste the vial and we could just use that vial for the IVF. But if it looks good I will feel better knowing it has a shot of working.
The IUI itself wouldn't cost us hardly anything with my insurance deductible being paid it would just be the price of donor sperm. But if it DOES work that would save us alot of money on the IVF. If it doesn't work then its wasting 500 bucks that could better spent elsewhere...(like a new washing machine lol).
So what do you girls think? Obviously if the RE says its a waste of time/money I won't do it but if she says its worth a shot, should I do it? Any comments or opinions appreciated!