Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

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Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby hmContine16 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:18 am

DH was dx with Azoospermia in July. He is currently on Clomid, but if no sperm are seen in the ejaculate in November, we are moving on with other options. Most likely our first option will be donor sperm IUIs. I'm hoping to do our first one in January if the Clomid doesn't work. I just have a few questions:

1. Is it a fast process? i.e. would it be possible to do my first one in January? (My first RE appointment is December 4th)
2. How much does it cost? I know it's different for everyone but I'm just looking for an average. I have 0% coverage of anything fertility related, but sometimes they can sneak my ultrasounds and blood work through.
3. What is the actual procedure like? Will I have to take off work any?

Thanks in advance!!! :wink:
Me & DH - 08/14/2016
TTC #1 since July 2016
DX-Me: Septum In Uterus and Endo - laparoscopy in 11/17
DX-DH: Azoospermia (0 sperm count in 2 SAs)
DH started Clomid in 08/17 - sperm found in 11/2017!! (800,000 per cc)
IVF planned for January 2018!


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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby sunshinepgh84 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:49 am

Welcome! To answer your questions below:

1. Is it a fast process? i.e. would it be possible to do my first one in January? (My first RE appointment is December 4th)
Should be! Depends on what your RE recommends (assuming you did all of your Day 3/HSG/Ultrasound testing) all I did was start Clomid on my next cycle day 1.
2. How much does it cost? I know it's different for everyone but I'm just looking for an average. I have 0% coverage of anything fertility related, but sometimes they can sneak my ultrasounds and blood work through.
I also have 0% coverage. Mine was $295, Clomid was $9. My second go around (right now) I will likely do the ultrasound and bloodwork confirmation, which is more expensive (but I don't remember how much)
3. What is the actual procedure like? Will I have to take off work any?
Easier than a pap smear. I just laid their for 10 mins then went to work
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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby hmContine16 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:17 pm

Thank you for your responses! I'm of course hopeful that the Clomid works on DH, but if not I'm excited to try IUIs!
Me & DH - 08/14/2016
TTC #1 since July 2016
DX-Me: Septum In Uterus and Endo - laparoscopy in 11/17
DX-DH: Azoospermia (0 sperm count in 2 SAs)
DH started Clomid in 08/17 - sperm found in 11/2017!! (800,000 per cc)
IVF planned for January 2018!


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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby BuffaloMaple » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:21 pm

Hi! I second a lot of sunshine's responses..
1- After my RE consultation I was able to do my first IUI (unmedicated) the very next cycle.
2- My RE was able to sneak my blood work and ultrasounds through insurance too, but we paid out of pocket for IUIs. They started out at $425 USD, but the clinic later raised their rates to $650. Ouch!
3- I would say IUIs are uncomfortable but not painful. I only had one painful IUI and I think it was because we did it too early so my cervix wasn't "open." After each IUI I was always bloated and went home to take a nap!!

Good luck to you!!!
Me 36, DH 34
TTC #1 since Sept 2015
Me - all good except small uterine polyp removed
DH - low count < 10mil
IUI #1-5 BFN, IUI #6 cancelled
IVF #1 with ICSI/PGS, begin stims 9/24/2017
10/6 ER: 15 eggs, 11 mature, 10 fertilized via ICSI
10/12 Day 6 Report: All 10 survived/biopsied/frozen!!
10/16 PGS Results: 7 PGS normals!! 6 girls, 1 boy
Grading: 3 hatching AB Good, 1 hatching BB Good, 3 hatching BC Fair
12/9 FET #1 ...waiting
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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby hmContine16 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:35 pm

Thank you! My cycle should start on December 8, so I'm hoping they can do all my required testing in that cycle and then do my first IUI in my January cycle. Another question, would you recommend starting with unmedicated or medicated cycles first? Our only known issue is severe male infertility (basically sterile) but if we use donor sperm that issue should be "by-passed" in theory. I seem to be sensitive to hormones (birth control reactions etc.) so I'm leery of starting out with Clomid or similar but I also want the best chance possible at success. Thanks!!
Me & DH - 08/14/2016
TTC #1 since July 2016
DX-Me: Septum In Uterus and Endo - laparoscopy in 11/17
DX-DH: Azoospermia (0 sperm count in 2 SAs)
DH started Clomid in 08/17 - sperm found in 11/2017!! (800,000 per cc)
IVF planned for January 2018!


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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby SaraElise » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:01 pm

1. Is it a fast process? i.e. would it be possible to do my first one in January? For me the entire process took about two weeks. I did 5 days of letrozole, trigger shot and then iui.
2. How much does it cost? I Have 0 medical coverage so our total cost out of pocket was about $800. Doctor visits for monitoring were $150 (I had 2) and the procedure was $375. Everything else was meds.
3. What is the actual procedure like? Will I have to take off work any? You shouldn't have to take time off. The procedure takes like 20 minutes and then you're free to go. It's a little uncomfortable but not horrible. I cramped pretty bad last cycle but it wasn't anything Tylenol couldn't fix.
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June 2014: 50mg Clomid= BFN
July 2014: 50mg Clomid= BFN
August 2014: 100mg Clomid= BFN
September 2014: 100mg Clomid=BFN
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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby BuffaloMaple » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:04 pm

Hey hm, how are you? Maybe find out what your RE would prescribe you. I’ve heard bad stories about clomid side effects, but I never took it myself so I can’t say for sure. I’m pretty sensitive to everything just like you, and I took Letrozole and had basically no side effects (just some sadness or headaches for 1-2 days). As my RE says, the meds will give the swimmers more targets so better chance for success. I did 2 unmedicated cycles to start, but looking back I wish I’d just jumped into the meds right away. They only cost me about 47 cents after insurance.
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TTC #1 since Sept 2015
Me - all good except small uterine polyp removed
DH - low count < 10mil
IUI #1-5 BFN, IUI #6 cancelled
IVF #1 with ICSI/PGS, begin stims 9/24/2017
10/6 ER: 15 eggs, 11 mature, 10 fertilized via ICSI
10/12 Day 6 Report: All 10 survived/biopsied/frozen!!
10/16 PGS Results: 7 PGS normals!! 6 girls, 1 boy
Grading: 3 hatching AB Good, 1 hatching BB Good, 3 hatching BC Fair
12/9 FET #1 ...waiting
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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby hmContine16 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:49 am

I'm good! We moved our consult up to last week. Turns out we also have female factor now too. I have a slight septum and very likely endometriosis as well. I'm scheduled on 11/16 for a septum resection and laparoscopy to remove any endo they might find. One my uterus has healed, we plan on doing our first IUI (most likely in February). My RE put me on birth control until then.

I do know he plans on doing Clomid cycles even though I'm very regular just because it doe provide more targets for the sperm. I'm okay with that, as long as I can start on the lowest dosage. I also found out that it will be roughly $1,300 for my IUI and monitoring not counting the donor sperm which will run me about $900 per try. So $2,200 total. Ouch!
Me & DH - 08/14/2016
TTC #1 since July 2016
DX-Me: Septum In Uterus and Endo - laparoscopy in 11/17
DX-DH: Azoospermia (0 sperm count in 2 SAs)
DH started Clomid in 08/17 - sperm found in 11/2017!! (800,000 per cc)
IVF planned for January 2018!


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Re: Hopefully starting IUIs soon.. questions

Postby BuffaloMaple » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:52 pm

That’s great you got your consult moved up! Sorry to hear about your added diagnosis, but at least you know what you’re working with and can attack it appropriately. Sorry to hear about your IUI price tag too - definitely ouch! Just keep your eye on the prize and every dollar, test, and procedure will be worth it. I hope your resection and lap go well. Keep us posted! Sending lots of well wishes your way!
Me 36, DH 34
TTC #1 since Sept 2015
Me - all good except small uterine polyp removed
DH - low count < 10mil
IUI #1-5 BFN, IUI #6 cancelled
IVF #1 with ICSI/PGS, begin stims 9/24/2017
10/6 ER: 15 eggs, 11 mature, 10 fertilized via ICSI
10/12 Day 6 Report: All 10 survived/biopsied/frozen!!
10/16 PGS Results: 7 PGS normals!! 6 girls, 1 boy
Grading: 3 hatching AB Good, 1 hatching BB Good, 3 hatching BC Fair
12/9 FET #1 ...waiting
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