There was one vital thing I left off of the list of things you should know before you see a specialist, luckily a commentor reminded me. The best thing to do before you go is to educate yourself. Be ready with questions and try to become familiar with the terms the doctor will be using.
I didn’t prepare myself fully for our first appointment. I thought it would be a somewhat comforting chat about the different types of tests they’d do to determine the problem. What I didn’t expect was the doctor already giving us the option to try an IUI that coming cycle. It was overwhelming because I was unfamiliar with what the IUI process would entail. Once I educated myself more fully, I became a lot more comfortable.
So for those of you who are considering seeking further treatment or who want to understand the process is a little better, I’ll explain it in layman’s terms.
Around day 14, the woman gets an ultrasound to make sure her eggs are maturing properly and are optimal for fertilization. If everything is looking healthy, the couple monitors ovulation and call when a test indicates an LH surge. An appointment is set up for insemination the next day. The sperm is collected and washed two hours beforehand. The sperm is then inserted directly into the uterus. Insemination only takes a few minutes and causes little to no pain.
An IUI’s success rate is less than 30% but it’s a widely used option because of it’s lower expense and a fairly simple process.
I’m curious, has an IUI worked for any of you? I’d love to hear some personal success stories.
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