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Hi.Ive been trying for a baby for 2 years with no success.I have been on clomid for 8mnths.I am having a Laparoscopy in 2 weeks to see if they can find any problems! My hubbies sperm count is slightly low but my gynae dosent think this is a problem.
I am due to start IUI nxt mnth and was wondering if anyone had any success with IUI as i am feeling negative about the whole thing.I dont Know wether to try IVF instead.Please give me your views!
 

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Hi Stacy

Come over and introduce yourself on the IUI board - we are a really friendly bunch. There've been lots of IUI successes as you'll see on the list which Holly usually posts at the beginning of a new thread - now on Part 90.

There's also a Beginners Guide to IUI by Aussie Meg you might find useful.

Some ladies have moved onto IVF after IUI if it hasn't worked for them - and many have had success. Obviously, you'll need the results of your lap first to see whether IUI is an option for you, but your c/s will advise you on what's best.

There are lots of advantages to trying IUI first. For one thing its a hell of a lot cheaper, its also usually much less invasive in the way of drugs/appts than IVF, its a little more natural in that the eggs are not taken out of the natural environment at all, and it will also give the c/s an idea how your body reacts to drug dosages etc if you do need to move onto IVF.

BUT - IT DOES WORK - as many people have IUI babies to show for it - see the IUI Ladies BFP thread if you want proof...

Hope it will be lucky for you too. Good luck with the lap and hope you get your dream whichever route you go down.

Love Molly
 

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Stacy, we decided on IVF instead as we were having to fund the treatment ourselves, we thought it would give us the best chance as although it is more expensive the % of success is much higher.

Take care

Sharron
 

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Hi Stacy - Welcome to FF

I am sure you will find all the information you need on this site to make an informed choice about what tx is right for you.

Here is the link to the IUI board. I am sure you will be made welcome on the boards.
http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=7.0

Jennifer xx
 

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Hello Stacey
I know exactly what you're thinking as we have been deciding whether to go for IUI or IVF too. In March I had IUI but we had to abandon the cycle because I had too many follicles. This was a blow but when we had another cycle in May the clinic halved the dose of clomid/menopure and that was obviously better for my body because we were able to proceed with that cycle.  Unfortunately it was unsuccessful.  We began to think of IVF as the next option rather than doing IUI again because we thought we might feel a bit more positive with IVF, being one step closer (hopefully) with a potential baby in the form of our embryo!  However since finding other women doing IUI on the Internet I'm thinking should we give it another go.  The clinic we attend is mostly IVF women and I think maybe that swayed our decision.  The success rates are something I've been thinking about but at the end of the day I could be a success or a failure either way, it's not something you can predict. I hope this hasn't confused you, I know it seems there is a lot to think about but I'm sure you will come to a decision which option to choose. I think you have to remember to do what you feel is right for you despite other women's experiences.
 

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Hiyar Stacey

Welcome to FF.  I was in exactly the same predicament as you last month.  We had our first meeting with the specialist last month to discuss IUI and IVF.  We decided to give IUI a try first, mainly due to the cost.  It is £500 for IUI compared to £1980 for IVF Plus £600 for drugs.  We have decided to have 3 attempts at IUI before moving on to IVF (which hopefully we will not need).  It is a difficult decision to make especially with the success rates of IVF being higher.  I am staring IUI next month and start taking Clomid from days 2 to 6.  I see from your post that you have been on Clomid for the last 8 months.  Have you had any bad side effects?  I have read of alot of women experience bad side effects and it has got me a bit worried about taking them. 

All the best with your treatment and hope you see your bfp very soon.

Take care

Kerry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

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Hi

I'm currently having this dilemma too, we've been ttc for just over 2 years and have unexplained IF.

I noticed that you seem to be in a similar position Kerry, I was wondering if you had been given any advice on NHS treatment?  The reason I ask is that our consultant has said we are eligible to go on a waiting list after 3 years of ttc for IVF but she hasn't given us any information about IUI and until I joined this site I didn't really know much about it but now I'm wondering why she hasn't recommended us for IUI first.  MY PCT aren't very forthcoming with information and I wondered if the ttc for 3 years rule also applied to IUI as well as IVF.

As the IVF waiting list is 2-5 years (oncew e get on to it) I was thinking we should maybe try IUI privately while we wait but I'm not sure, it's all quite confusing.  Sorry for not helping you much Stacey, I've probably confused you even more asking my own questions.

Lots of luck to you all

DC xx  ^fairydust^ ^fairydust^
 

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Hiyar DC

I don't understand why your consultant says you have to be TTC for 3 years to be put on the waiting list?  We were told 1 year?  IUI has been very successful, especially in "unexplained fertility" cases.  Have you and your partner had all the relevant test carried out?  I think you should arrange to see a different specialist.  You will still have to wait as long for IUI as for IVF.  It is 5 years where we live (if we lived 10 miles away the wait is only one year  ^bigbad^!!!), that's why we have had to go private.  There is a thread on this website which gives you all the details on the procedure.  I hope this helps, good luck.

Kerry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

^goodluck^
 

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Hi.Thanks for all your replies!
We had to wait 3mnths to see our gynae but since then we have recieved treatment straight away.We have had 8 mnths of clomid and are going to start iui nxt mnth.We get 3 iui and 1 cycle of ivf on the NHS,I am so shocked that you all have such long waiting lists where you live!It must be very hard because it is so expensive to go private!
I heard good news from my friend,her sister had been trying for a baby for many years and she had her 1st iui cycle last mnth and got pregnant 1st go! lucky her!!If only it was that simple! It has made me feel more positive about iui and think its something we must try if we can.
Good luck to everyone
stacy
 
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