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Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

When should I think about IUI? How much success does it have in treating infertility? And should I combine it with Clomid?

Re: When should I think about IUI? How much success does it have in treating infertility? And should I combine it with Clomid?

The Bump Expert A very good study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 1999 showed that for women with otherwise unexplained infertility, IUI (intrauterine insemination) alone allowed only an 8% increase in pregnancy rates over three cycle attempts. In non-ovulating women who combine Clomid with IUI, the chance of pregnancy is between 10 and 20%, depending on age. When ovulation induction through gonadotropin injections is combined with IUI, the chance of pregnancy is approximately 12 to 17%, depending on age. These percentages are based on a background chance success for women with unexplained infertility undergoing no therapy of only 4%.

Dr. Joseph Hill

re: Q: Time for IUI?

The answer includes some good stats, but doesn't actually answer the first question -- When should I think about IUI?I beleive the answers to questions about appropriate treatment should always include a recommendation to talk to your personal physician. The decision to have an IUI can depend on the reason for infertility, if insurance coverage is available, and other factors. For some people, IUIs might really just be a waste of time, like if they have tube problems or male factor infertility. Each person's chances of succes are greatly impacted by their diagnosis, and this answer seems to only address those with unexplained infertility.

Janimal |

re: Q: Time for IUI?

I just had my first cycle of IUI on the 5th of November. My fertility doctor suggested that we have an IUI, b/c my mucus is too thick, and my husband and I are completely fertile.

ashely929 |

re: Q: Time for IUI?

My husband has cancer and has been undergoing treatments for almost 2 years. Before he started treatments, we banked with a fertility specialist. Now we are doing IUI's, and I have yet to concieve with it. Is there anything out there that can help? We have a limited supply of sperm, and I'm starting to get nervous!

stparrish |

re: Q: Time for IUI?

I am on my fourth IUI with no luck yet. The doctors say not to worry because there is only a 20 % chance of conceiving. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hopefully we have luck soon. I wish you all the best. Keep your head up,,, it will happen soon

chrystalschipper |

re: Q: Time for IUI?

We had been trying for 2 years (unexplained infertility) and finally went for a treatment. They suggested superovulation (chlomyd and ovydrel) and IUI as a first step. First try and we are pregnant!! Am 5 weeks. Keep your fingers crossed for a healthy pregnancy. I would say once you are diagnosed as clinically infertile (I believe it's 6 months of trying for couples over 30) , go get all the tests (which can easily take another 3 m) so you know what you are working with, and don't wait too long to start with the suggested treatments. We were postponing going for treatments at the fertility clinic (my general obgyn did the infertility tests) just so it's all natural, bla-blah-blah. Should have saved myself so much pain and agony over not getting pregnant when it turns out we just need a bit of help. Plus the more you postpone treatments, the more you increase your chances for needing the big guns IVFs, egg donors... Anyway, i know that we are more the exception than the rule, people try at least 3-4 superovulation cycles before moving to IVFs but now, looking back, it was so easy and i had no idea why we waited so long.

dutchblonde |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

On my first cycle of clomid with repronex that started yesterday.... and an IUI hopefully next week!! I'm keeping all fingers crossed that this works on the first try ;) A bit scary but exciting to be one step closer <3

Barclay101 |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I'm on my third round of clomid. The first was just 50mg but didn't work. The second round 100mg it worked and also did IUI but got a BFN! Finished my third round of clomid on Sunday 100mg. Going to do IUI again this time hopefully this is my month!

klmerch1023 |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I have ???'s My soon's wife told us that her bestfriend is goign to undergo the IUI process so my son can have a child of his own. she has had children but does to want anymore. she says it should cost about 400.00 month and I think that is way low. pleas help me understand

bschecker |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

$400 for the IUI each month would be about right with very little insurance help!

briannanoel26 |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

After a little over a year of TTC, we went to a fertility specialist to go through the battery of tests to see if there was a problem. All of the tests were covered by my health insurance, which is just one or two steps above an HMO, certainly not the best coverage around! Anyway, we had the bloodwork, HSG, ultrasound, semen analysis and our results were unexplained. We are about to begin our first cycle of Clomid and IUI, which is also covered by our insurance. In our experience, we tried the IUI/Clomid right away! Fingers crossed!

MBfromBMC |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

My husband and I got pregnant last December, but at my first ultrasound, they couldn't find a heartbeat, so I had a D and C in February. We started trying again almost immediately and still are not pregnant. Went to the fertility specialist and found out that my husband's sperm count is low. Apparently that is the only reason we have not been able to conceive, so we are going in next month for IUI. Keeping our fingers crossed that it works!

lsapenoff |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I was diagnosed with PCOS in late November, did a round of Clomid and then went in for the US. DH did the semen analysis and the day I went in for the US they told me I had a good egg, they were ready to give my my HCG shot, and my husband has low sperm count so the old fashioned way wasn't going to cut it. The Dr recommended IUI since my egg was in a great position, so the next day I had the IUI done; they did it two days in a row. Now I'm waiting for day 28 to take my test...hard to wait and I'm feeling some cramping that could or couldn't be related to either pregnancy or AF... My advice- if you're serious about wanting a baby, go with the IUI; it may or may not be covered by insurance. if it is, go you! it can't hurt and it gets those swimmers closer to the promised land..or egg... Good Luck!!

nikmate |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

To help out with any other question anyone might have, There are several types of IUI procedures, therefore several price ranges. There is Timed IUI which is where they go off of blood and ultra sounds to see when you ovulate, then preform the IUI in office and wait 11 days to test for pregnancy. This is normally done for couples who have unexplained infertility. The other ways involve the same process but taking clomid which is an ovulation pill and can cost any where from $25 for a 50mg dosage up to $100 or more in some areas for full dosages (without insurance). Or to have the injections which is an additional $500-2700. The IuI itself only costs about $300-$400. With hormones or injections is normally reserved for women who have PCOS, or any other problems with ovulation. Although clomid can be used in women who ovulate to help produce another viable follicle. This is all the information hey may not tell you and stuff I wanted to know when it came to prices So i asked my infertility specialist and she helped me out with prices and meanings.

alvaradojerrica111 |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I have been taking Clomid and for 100mg it is only $18 and thats without insurance.

Byrdgirl1 |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I don't know what kind of insurance yall have, but it is not the state insurance for GA - covers nothing!!!! We are now on our second IUI. We went though a specialist and saved up the money for the first one. For this one, though, we had to get a loan. Luckly we got our meds for free through a special program the med. co. has. We had to qualify for it. Even with that, it has cost us around $2,000.00 each time! The main cost comes from ultra-sounds that they do every-other day. They are about $320.00 each! The procedure is about $400.00, but add to that about 5 ultra-sounds. They do the ultra-sounds to see how many eggs you have. They don't want too many! This time though, I only made one egg, even with the meds. I have been very depressed, but I don't know anything yet. I am haveing cramps in my lower area, sharp pains - I am hopeful that is is implantation cramps.

Besnie |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

Do for my first IUI this Thursday. Did the 150 mg of Clomid for the 5 days. Did three cycles of IUI last year with no luck. Our insurance does cover them so we are lucky in the respect. We are hoping the IUI will work for us this time around. Keeping our fingers crossed. They usually do two IUI back to back to make your chances higher to get pregnant. Had the HSG test done last week and my tubes are not blocked. Yay for that. I would recommend trying the IUI if your insurance covers it.

noteloping |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

Hello - I am doing my first IUI this month, in about a week or so actually. They started off with the Clomid (which I got the 5 day supply for $9) on day 3 after an ultrasound and bloodwork. I have to start estradol on day 8. I also had to get two other prescriptions, including an HCG shot. It's all so much to comprehend. I am perfectly fine, my husband has problems with morphology not count.

mgkostakis |

Q&A: Should I consider intrauterine insemination?

I have had two successful IUI's- with baby #2 it took two rounds of IUI (w/ Femera and Ovidrel). Baby #3 it happened the first round. It does work! :) Our cost was $325 (includes Sperm washing (getting the best) and the actual procedure). Insurance didn't cover any of that. The meds- femera was $20 or so (covered by insurance), Ovidrel is not covered, that was $117.

ellasmama18 |