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Really unsure where to post this question - here, IUI or male factors....???

We're waiting for our first appointment with an NHS clinic as our funding has just come through. But on another thread, I found out that the hospital we are going to doesn't do IUI, which I expected was our first port of call as my husband has azoospermia as a result of cancer treatment

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Pabbo - we were told that if we wanted IUI we had to go privately as they didn't do it at the Rosie. It was about £1000 a go I think.
God, now I am really confused. :-\

I'm wondering why our GP referred us to the Rosie if she expected them to do IUI, of whether she thought we'd just go straight into IVF (she was a specialist in fertility in Cambridge, so you would have thought she'd know). I assumed they wouldn't do IVF until we had done IUI.

Has anyone had funding for IVF without being funded for IUI in the first instance (where there is just male factor infertility)?

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Hi

I've moved your post to Peer Support as don't think IVF board was best place for it....hopefully you'll get some replies on here.

Good luck
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Hi Pabboo

I dont know about the Rosie - however we have been referred for icsi without iui first on nhs. This was due to our Male factors and iui wouldnt have given us great odds. I wondered initially if they would offer 'cheapest treatment first'. We did our 'homework' after initial consultation and then pretty much requested what we wanted and the consutant agreed with us.

i think they will make a recommendation based on your diagnostic situation.

Our clinic is in partnership with different sites in the south west we are therefore going to a different site for icsi as it is not available at our clinic, this may be the case for you

if you call them thay may be able to answer some questions or the area thread maybe able to help hon

good luck x
 

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Hi.  I had I.C.S.I straight due to male factor infertility.  I do have polycystic ovary syndrome but our quack at the i.v.f centre said that this was going to give us the greater chance rather than trying anything else first.  I am 11 weeks pregnant at the moment after first try.
 

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Hi Pabboo,

My DH and I were referred to IVF without IUI also and our results came back fine. Our consultant talked me through the options and advised that if I take IUI, then I would need to pay for it as NHS do not cover these costs and/or I'd have to make a contribution, but he suggested I take IVF as the odds of conceiving were much greater than IUI.

I was not going to argue as that was what I was hoping for in all honesty. I had contemplated whether to carry out an IUI privately before IVF as my treatment doesn't start until Oct 08, but have now decided against it.

Personally I wasn't going to jepodise my chances with NHS on IUI because if unsuccessful, it would have meant a delay to be put on the list for IVF... I'm not sure what your waiting list is in your area but if you rather have IUI, possibly consider to see if you can have it privately. At least you'd still be on NHS list if unsuccessful- But check with NHS as some may not give you NHS treatment if you've had previous treatment privately.

I hope this helps you...

Good luck

Secret Broody
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Hello Pabboo

I got really confused by all this when we first started out. We went to Hammersmith Hospital and, although our local PCT were prepared to fund six IUIs, the hospital only offered us IUI as private patients. Our consultant agreed that this was crazy. We did two rounds of IUI privately while waiting for IVF on the NHS.
I don't think it makes any difference to the funding what the reason for the infertility is... the funding is reliant only on fulfilling the criteria (age, previous children etc) and a recommendation from your consultant. Most couples with male factor infertility bypass IUI; but of course if you are using donor sperm and have no secondary factors then IUI makes perfect sense.

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Hi

We weren't offered IUI as we had male factor and they didn't see the point in what they called wasting time on treatment that wouldn't work for us.  Had we of chosen to go down the IUI route then we would have got the funding for 3 cycles and if that didn't work we could then have had the IVF or ICSI.

All the best

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