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#1 bmee

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:16 PM

Hey All...

I am going back to the FS in early January to jump start my TTC journey with donor sperm. I did start this September 2012 however had a loss quite early on. It's taken me a really long time to get past this, more so emotionally than anything else. But continued to save $$$

I now have enough cash saved to go for 4 IUI cycles. As I am single, and seen more as socially infertile instead of medically infertile, I am unable to claim anything back on Medicare or PHI. All despite having PCOS and not having AF for the last 3 months. That's a whole different argument though mad.gif

So my question...

Aside from the emotional roller coaster side of things, is there anything that any of you know, have been told by a FS, GP, Nurse or anyone else who may know in relation to waiting periods after an unsuccessful IUI/IVF? Would I be ok to go month after month or should I have a break in between?

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#2 Sariele

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:28 AM

Hi hun, good on you for saving up that much money!

I guess it depends on what dosage of hormones they give you for IUI. For IVF, most FSs will recommend at least one month break in between cycles to give your ovaries a rest and give your body a break from all the hormones. Mine didn't really care, he would have been fine with back-to-backs, but I always felt like I wanted that month off anyway, plus it gave us the chance to save up a little more to put towards the next cycle. For IUI, if you're doing medicated cycles you obviously won't be on a high dose of drugs, so they may say it's fine to just do back-to-back cycles. It really comes down to what your FS says, but if you would prefer to do back-to-backs, I can't really think of a reason they'd say no, so long as everything goes smoothly.

Hopefully you only need to do one though. wink.gif Good luck!
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE(Sariele @ Dec 7 2013, 09:28 AM) View Post

Hi hun, good on you for saving up that much money!

I guess it depends on what dosage of hormones they give you for IUI. For IVF, most FSs will recommend at least one month break in between cycles to give your ovaries a rest and give your body a break from all the hormones. Mine didn't really care, he would have been fine with back-to-backs, but I always felt like I wanted that month off anyway, plus it gave us the chance to save up a little more to put towards the next cycle. For IUI, if you're doing medicated cycles you obviously won't be on a high dose of drugs, so they may say it's fine to just do back-to-back cycles. It really comes down to what your FS says, but if you would prefer to do back-to-backs, I can't really think of a reason they'd say no, so long as everything goes smoothly.

Hopefully you only need to do one though. wink.gif Good luck!


Thank you for that share :-)

My last cycle involved clomid with a hcg trigger for ovulation. I would say that's a fairly minimal medicated cycle. I will talk to the FS in the new year to see what he thinks.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 10:06 AM

I did 5 back to back IUIs with Femara (similar to clomid, with less side effects) & hcg trigger each time. Unfortunately none of them worked. I eventually did an injectable iui (after a 5mth break) to allow the new specialist to see how I'd respond to the meds before moving onto our successful IVF cycle. I did the injectable cycle in feb, & didn't start IVF till may, but had biceps & surgery in April.

My FS wouldn't allow back to back cycles with IVF, as he said you need to allow your ovaries to recover from growing all the follicles & fluid at once. IUIs you are limited to how many follicles grow, so it's not so much of a problem with your ovaries.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE(marsupilami @ Dec 14 2013, 10:06 AM) View Post

I did 5 back to back IUIs with Femara (similar to clomid, with less side effects) & hcg trigger each time. Unfortunately none of them worked. I eventually did an injectable iui (after a 5mth break) to allow the new specialist to see how I'd respond to the meds before moving onto our successful IVF cycle. I did the injectable cycle in feb, & didn't start IVF till may, but had biceps & surgery in April.

My FS wouldn't allow back to back cycles with IVF, as he said you need to allow your ovaries to recover from growing all the follicles & fluid at once. IUIs you are limited to how many follicles grow, so it's not so much of a problem with your ovaries.

Good luck



What's an injectable iui?

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE(bmee @ Dec 14 2013, 10:21 AM) View Post

What's an injectable iui?

Injecting yourself with FSH (Gonal-F or similar) to stimulate the growth of one or more follicles. It's basically the same as what you'd do for IVF, only in a much lower dose so that you don't end up with more than a couple of follies usually.
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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:18 PM

QUOTE(bmee @ Dec 14 2013, 11:21 AM) View Post

What's an injectable iui?



It's exactly as Sariele said. You usually try Clomi/femara at various doseages before moving to an injectable cycle for iui. Then onto IVF.

So with an injectable cycle you stimulate the ovaries for more days than you do with a clomid cycle, which tends to give more than 1-2 dominant follicles. So for me I took femara on days 2-5 & only produced 1 follicle each side, whereas on follistim I stunned from days 2-12 & had 4 follicles.
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