Hi ladies, thank you for your responses and advice! I deeply appreciate hearing about your particular journeys, it helps a lot.
I wanted to reply sooner, when I got the reply notifications, but I'm seldom on a computer and for some reason I've been unable to login from my phone.
So it seems like just 2 follicles wouldn't be enough for an IVF route anyway. I had no idea. Because my next question was going to be whether the big drugs-cocktail for IVF was mandatory, or if we could go a more conservative route, with only slight stimulation of the ovaries... Oh well.
Well then, this all enlightens me about what to do for this cycle. Second round of IUI it is!! And we'll cross our fingers that we may get lucky.
I'll now go respond individually to your comments Thank you again! AmyView Thread
Hi ladies - and gentlemen, if there are any present.
I am new to this board, and am hoping I can find some support and answers to our infertility issues and TTC journey.
We have tried to get pregnant for about 9 months, and we have finally decided to 'get a little help from science'. DH's SA is about normal, count is good but motility is slightly low, but still just north of 'normal'.
We tried back-to-back IUI last month, and although I had 2 follicles, one of 21 and one of almost 18, and my lining was supposedly thick enough, well, it didn't work. Although I had read that the success rate of IUI was only between 5 and 15%, and I was prepared, in the beginning of the cycle for this possibility, I think after the 2ww my hopes were way higher than they should have been, and getting a BFN result was heartbreaking and emotional.
We are now starting our second cycle, and I am on day2 of Clomid again, trying to grow those follicles - hopefully one on each side this time, that should increase the odds, right??? I was just wondering if, instead of 'wasting my 2 good follicles (if I'm lucky enough to get 2 again) on IUI, I should ask the RE if we can use them for IVF instead...
Anyway - I have talked to people and opinions vary. One friend who had twins through IVF (gosh, we would LOVE twins!! But, ssshhhhhhh) keeps telling me it's foolish of me to even try IUI, why not go straight to IVF, that IUI is a waste of money and precious time (I am 36, DH is 40).
I wanted to hear some of your opinions. Should I try a few more rounds of IUI or are the odds not even worth it?? (It sure seems that way, huh? )
I would LOVE to go straight to IVF, given my age, and given that I would love to have twins and, of course, the odds of twins are way higher with ART babies (I would def implant 2 embryos, if I had them)... But then I read that there are some 'slightly higher risks of birth defects' with IVF babies, and some potentially higher risks of certain conditions that are thought to be a cause of twin pregnancy (higher blood pressure, obesity and diabetes). Has anyone asked their RE about this, or any other doctor? Any thoughts, input?