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    Default IUI in 2012 ?? lesbian couple ttc for a year no success do we do IUI

    hey guys

    My fiancé and i have been ttc for a year.now with no success .. we decided in the new year that we will go onto a fs, as im only 20 never been on the pill never smoked and never drink either and we feel as tho there may be something wrong. Would u suggest we do iui or go straight to ivf ? what are the rough costs and procedures. Plzzzz help

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    Hi Jess and Mel, it sounds like it has been arough and emotional year for you both.

    There could be a million and 1 reasons why it hasn't worked. I think going to a specialist and checking to make sure there are no underlying issues is a good idea. In terms of iudi vs ivf, I would say be guided by the specialist you are seeing. He/she may find a reason why things are not working and suggest you skip straight to ivf, or they may find something that can be corrected with mediation and hence only iudi is needed. Hold on to your donor if you can as not many places offer donor sperm, so if you already have a donor that might make it easier. Having said that though they will want to do a whole bunch of tests on your donor to make sure he has healthy sperm, so you may find there is a wait while all those tests are done.

    Where are you based? If you are in Sydney, a lot of us use Fertility First at Hurstville. Personally, I have found them to be excellent. Very professional, friendly and courteous. They are one of the few in Sydney to offer donor sperm and actually ship it in from overseas. So far we have had 3 cycles of iudi with them (hopefully this is our magic one) and we have got our first donor choice every time. In terms of cost, so far with iudi where they supply the boy juice, it has cost us 2630 each time, and since we have now reached the Medicare safety net threshold, we get about 501 back from Medicare, so that works out to about 2120 out of pocket each try. For us that 2630 includes everything, all the blood tests each cycle, all the scans each cycle, all the ovulation monitoring kits, follow up injections / medication. The on,y additional we have had to get was some aspirin for DP as she has thick blood and also some clean injections, again for ther thick blood.

    Ummmmmmm... Procedures....
    Ok for us the initial procedures were a whole lot of blood tests for both of us (just in case one could carry and the other not etc) - these were bulk billed. Then DP had a special ultrasound and tubal patency scan (we had decided DP would have our first and then I would carry the rest). Those all came back clear with no tube blockages. The bloods picked up that DP has thick blood which is why we now have her on the aspirin and injections. The blood tests also picked up on a vitamin d deficiency in both of us and also an iodine deficiency in DP. So we took a month break to get those levels up to within normal ranges and then jumped on in.

    In terms of the iudi, we go on day 8-10 for an ultrasound and DP has some blood taken. Depending on those results we then find out when the magic squirt will be. They also give us the donor list on this day too and we have to get our choices back within a couple days. Then for the magic squirt, we go, DP makes sure she has a full bladder, and the fertility nurse confirms our donor choice, and then using a catheter injects it straight into the uterus. The little swimmers are then left to find the way to the little egg and we launch into the dreaded two week wait.

    16 daysnpost iudi DP then has another blood test to check if the process has worked. Unfortunately for us DP has miscarried at 16dpiudi and then at 15dpiudi the next cycle, so our drugs have changed to see if that helps.

    Good luck for your journey to motherhood, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

    PS sorry for the essay!

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    Hi,

    Thankyou so much for the info catemer, that was exactly what I was looking for! My girlfriend & I have our 1st appointment at fertility first this month, we are both very excited & nervous. We were wondering though, do they give you the option to go straight to IVF even if you have never tried any other meathod?

    Thanks again

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    Hi Demdez, be careful jumping straight to ivf. there may be some complications re Medicare rebates. For us since iudi hasn't worked it's now considered that we have a medical fertility issue and hence full on ivf is covered under Medicare (not completely, but a majority of it).

    We have basically been guided by what dr Anne and the fertility nurses have advised us. For us, based on our blood tests and DP's ultrasound results, there should have been no reason why iudi wouldn't work for us, so we gave it a shot. However we set a realistic time frame and now we have tried that 3 times we are jumping to ivf.

    Best bet is to dicuss it with dr Anne and the nurses and also Rhea when you go for thue counselling.

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    Thanks again catemer Thats what I have been saying too, they are the profesionals, they will know better than little ole' me!
    All the best for your IVF, hopefully 4th times a charm!
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    from my experience iui was a waste of time and money

    so called unexplained infertility and a lack of patience if could do again would be straight ivf

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    Good luck with your FS appointment!

    When my wife and I started with our clinic I had to do a hycosy scan to check my tubes were clear, and then we did 2 rounds of IUI before moving onto IVF. IUI is cheaper and less invasive, but not that much different to home insemination, although you'd probably have additional hormone support.

    After a year of TTC at home you would probably qualify as having unexplained infertility and may be able to go straight to IVF. I'd take the guidance of my FS if I was you.

    With your donor, most clinics will require them to undergo counselling as well as sperm testing, which takes 6 months in WA before you can use it. I'm not sure what it's like in NSW.

    Good luck! It's nice to see another lesbian couple TTC on here.


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