Great that your FS is doing a cheaper clinic! Wish we had one of those!
Yeah, the hysto thingo....the one where they squirt dye? Uncomfortable! If the egg retrieval isn't as bad as that then that's ok.
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03-04-2014 20:12 #11
03-04-2014 20:18 #12
We wanted a stepwise approach. Didn't want to jump to IVF if we didn't need to, and FS said I had time to try IUI (I'm 37 I. 2 days!), mostly just wanted it taken out of my hands!
it's been a good learning curve too. IVF is still scary, but not as scary, as I have already injected myself and had low dose hormones etc.
ours is a fair bit cheaper than IVF, As we've hit the Medicare safety net, we paid under $1000 for this cycle. Not sure of the IVF costs actually!
And IUI is less invasive, just like a Pap smear, rather than egg retrieval.
Hope this helps, are you deciding what to do?
03-04-2014 20:20 #13
03-04-2014 20:34 #14Senior Member
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My high NK cells were diagnosed after an endometrial biopsy. That's just like a Pap smear but they take a little sample of lining. Not pleasant, but it's quick. The treatment for me is to be on steroids during cycle and I have an IV drip of intralipid before cycles. That is done at my doctors clinic. It's no big deal really.
Not all doctors believe in immune issues etc. Mine is a big advocate for testing for them though. You will learn a lot if you read the high Natural Killer Cells thread. The ladies there know way more than me!
Also, for what it's worth, I have had a hystersalpingogram and IVF egg pickups and I can tell you I would choose the pick up 100 times over! You're out with a light anaesthetic while they do it at my clinic and the pain after is like mild AF cramps.
03-04-2014 21:06 #15
Thanks for the info!
Just interested in the NK cell issue. Don't think I have it. scientifically it makes sense.
That's good about hysto....vs egg pick up! Phew!
So good to hear other peoples experiences! Eases the fear of the unknown!
03-04-2014 21:12 #16
I opted for IVF first up over IUI as it had higher success rates. My sister had no eggs left at 35, I was 31 when I started so I was aware of the clock ticking.
The cost of a full IVF cycle is a lot more then IUI but if you get some frosties the price is comparable for a frozen transfer and the success rates are higher.
The injections didn't bother me, I don't enjoy it but the needles are very fine, once you get over the hesitation of poking it in.
I'm PCOS so I produce a lot of eggs on IVF. Because of that I do take longer than most to recover from EPU. My sister was fine afterwards. I've had 4 EPUs done now and I do need a few days of rest afterwards. I can still potter round the house but I know not to try 12hr nightshifts like I did a day after my first EPU!
The actual procedure doesn't hurt as your out. You just wake up crampy.
Happy to answer any questions if you have any.
03-04-2014 21:13 #17
Sorry to make the previous post a about me, I just don't want you guys to be scared of IVF!
03-04-2014 21:15 #18
We've been seeing our FS for a few months now & have just had some investigation tests etc.
We have a follow up appointment next week & dependent on the results we'll be discussing our next move.
Our FS did think IUI could be a worthwhile option, but we needed to see the results of my DH's 3rd SA before deciding. But obviously it's ultimately our choice.
It's definitely a hard one!
03-04-2014 21:22 #19
Oh and about costs, as I said above there wasn't too much difference at our clinic; an IUI cycle is $680 cheaper than an IVF/ICSI cycle
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