I was surprised that after an initial consultation with a clinic, they suggested I try 1-3 cycles of IUI at my age (nearly 44).
It was presented as a first step because my blood tests and scan of my fallopian tubes are favourable. Also they reported that IUI with own eggs actually carries similar success rates to IVF so there it was a way to avoid the much higher expense and the hassle of pre-treatment stimulation drugs.
I suppose because so many clinics I had contacted gave such dismal success rates with own eggs and high miscarriage rates because of the usual age related factors, that most presented me directly with IVF OE or DE as their first step, I had totally discounted IUI.
I also thought that IVF with OE did have a better success rate than IUI, perhaps twice as much, and IVF with DE considerably greater again. They are stating a 12-15% success rate with IUI (its an overseas clinic) whereas the UK stats show a 5% rate for my age, I think, while other overseas clinics also show a sub 10% chance and generally dismiss it as an option.
What do you think? Is it in fact a much more logical path to at least try IUI or a false economy and time-waster?
I'm not sure that I have the appetite to go through such a low success activity as IUI 3 times in a row (does anyone know how long the break is between each cycle?) and it would erode the savings against IVF OE/DE anyway though I could try it at least once.
Have I just been bombarded by more commercially driven outfits that want to boost their success rates and income by always suggesting IVF, and in particular DE, as the first step? Or is this clinic being very optimistic about IUI as a first step and its benefits?
thanks for your input