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    I'm starting to wonder if we should just go straight to ivf and skip the iui. Every time I read about it failing for someone, it makes me more convinced.

    I have pcos with cycles that range from 20-65 days (good luck figuring out ovulation dates with that!!) plus cystic fibrosis which means that the gluggy mucous in my lungs is like that everywhere, including cervical mucous. Apparently is like making the sperm swim through jelly! Again, not helpful for getting pregnant!

    We don't have unlimited financial resources and I'm wondering if better to go straight to ivf and hope it's more efficient. Did anyone here have the choice and elect to go one way or the other?

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    Hey everyone, @missalissa1987 not sure what you mean by 'down reg cycle' for IVF? I will be starting the nasal spray and injections next week on the first day of my period. Joy! My clinic is regional NSW so I'm lucky I don't have to travel to the city for all this, so that would explain why we haven't been made to do counselling. I'm going to call today and see if there is anything available so my husband (is there a shortcut for husband!?) can get help with communicating lol! I was hoping to try UIU or IUI (!?) first but the doc didn't even consider it. ICSI is our only option. One of my many(!) concerns about ICSI is the increased risks of birth defects that I read about on some Google page - anyone know anything on this matter? Sounds like everyone's journey is a bit different but hopefully things happen for us all in May

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    My son was born via ICSI and he's perfectly healthy.

    We've done a total of 4 stim cycles and 1 FET and have never had to do counselling (we're in Sydney). Its offered as part of our fee, and DH has taken it up once, after the FET ended in miscarriage, but It was entirely voluntary.

    We chose to go straight to ICSI rather than IUI or IVF as it was not significantly more expensive given the difference in success rates (we had "unexplained infertility" at the time).

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    @kate124 I've never heard of any added risks re birth defects & ICSI hun. We've always had to do ICSI as my DH has swimmer issues. I prefer it actually as it cuts out that extra step/worry of wondering if the sperm will even reach/get to the egg.

    And like @VikkiB said, there are many wonderfully successful ICSI results xx
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    @kate124 oh by the way, shortcut for husband = DH (darling/dear husband)

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    I think it depends on your individual issues and how radical you want to be. For me I am glad we did IUI first as it was a bit of an intro to the injections etc and how you respond to the drugs and it’s a bit less scary. But then again I could also argue that it was now looking back a waste of time due to our issues.


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    Hi to everyone, and welcome to newbies!

    So many of you have been through so much already! Big hugs!


    Quote Originally Posted by Rara1982 View Post
    Hi! I have no idea about the jabbing... I wish Friday would hurry up so I can find out everything.
    RE IUI vs IVF/ICSI @Rara1982

    I am on 2nd IUI (prob hasn't worked). I wanted to do things step wise, and i think IUI was a fair bit cheaper for us, and our FS said we had "time" to try IUI first.
    Having said that, after 2 unsuccessful IUI cycles, i now want to move into IVF. I feel like if I'm going through all of this, its now time to have better odds! (Does that make sense?)
    But I also agree with @nattie84 ........

    Quote Originally Posted by nattie84 View Post
    I think it depends on your individual issues and how radical you want to be. For me I am glad we did IUI first as it was a bit of an intro to the injections etc and how you respond to the drugs and it’s a bit less scary. But then again I could also argue that it was now looking back a waste of time due to our issues.
    Totally helped prepare me for IVF. Getting used to injections and how my body will respond, how the cycles go etc. Has reduced my scary stress over IVF a lot! (as has being on BH and these thread....thanks everyone!!). In theory, if one of your issues is gluggy mucous then getting the sperm to the right place (IUI) might just do the trick and may be worth a try or two. But if you're worried about time and egg reserve, then maybe jumping straight to IVF??

    Whatever you decide good luck, and for your appointment tomorrow!
    There are also a couple of IUI threads that I found helpful, i will try to post link for you. Happy to answer any questions on IUI now that i'm a 2 cycle expert! Kee hee hee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rara1982 View Post
    I'm starting to wonder if we should just go straight to ivf and skip the iui. Every time I read about it failing for someone, it makes me more convinced.
    We don't have unlimited financial resources and I'm wondering if better to go straight to ivf and hope it's more efficient. Did anyone here have the choice and elect to go one way or the other?
    Hopefully these links work! I'm not great with the technical stuff!

    This thread has some great IUI success stories!
    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...ut!&highlight=

    And this one some good discussion on IUI V IVF
    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...ses&highlight=

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayzB View Post

    Easter I've got family lunch & gatherings on, so there'll be lots of eating! Including yummy Easter eggs Actually this weekend it's my birthday, following weekend Easter, then weekend after that it's my nephew's Christening - so the next few weeks are going to be an eating fest! Plus since I'm not cycling, I can have a few guilt-free wines
    What do you have planned? xx
    Hey KayzB, have a great birthday weekend!
    Mine was last weekend and i did miss a good wine!

    AFM I'm 99% sure this IUI has not worked. BFNs for 6 days (8dpi to 13dpi), BT tomorrow, AF due Sunday. Spotting yesterday and today and AF-beginning-cramps, even though i'm still on progesterone pessaries, so not sure how that is happening! I rang the FN to ask if i could just stop the pessaries (making me itchy and i'm totally over them! And that way i can get AF out of the way!!) but she said to keep using them as "you never know". Would love her to be right, but i don't think she is!

    So DH and I discussed the next step and are def on the same page to try IVF now, after a break for the next cycle. Really don't want to take a break as i just want to get on with it and make it happen. But i think it will do me good to have a break. Especially over Easter. And as you say, to have a guilt free wine....or two, strong strong coffee, and seafood! I'll be holidaying with fam so will be nice to be jab-free/pess-free....everything free for a little while.

    Good luck to everyone cycling. Stay sane!

    Fx for some stickies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OIC View Post
    AFM I'm 99% sure this IUI has not worked. BFNs for 6 days (8dpi to 13dpi), BT tomorrow, AF due Sunday. Spotting yesterday and today and AF-beginning-cramps, even though i'm still on progesterone pessaries, so not sure how that is happening!
    All of my pregnancies have started with mild cramping, its very common. Even when I knew I was pregnant (with DS), it was still hard to accept the cramping was pregnancy related. So don't give up hope yet!

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