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December 4th, 2009, 08:47 AM
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So I have an appt to start seeing an re in january. I'm not sure if it's just based on the clinic but is there a certain order that you have to go as far as procedures? Like can i just skip the iui and go to ivf or will they make me try that first?
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December 4th, 2009, 09:01 AM
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I think most women do the IUI first, due to cost, but depending on your diagnosis, a lot of RE's would rather jump to the IVF. If it's covered by insurance, I say go for the IVF, if that's what you'd rather do. It's got a much higher success rate, although not always on the first try, and could be worth it.

We have to pay out of pocket first, so we're doing the IUI thing first. I think we've decided to do 3, then possible IVF in April/May, if nothing else works!

Good luck at the appointment!
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December 4th, 2009, 09:16 AM
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I think it's really going to depend on your physical situation.

For example, I knew going in that both of my tubes were completely blocked so that automatically took IUI off the table and put me right into IVF. So if it's something like that, then decision is made for you.

If IUI is still an option physically, then I'm pretty sure most REs will recommend trying that. First of all the costs are less and secondly it's not nearly as tough on your body and system as IVF. Ultimately though, you're the patient and you're the one paying so it's your decision, not theirs. If you have an RE that is "forcing" you into anything, then that's the time to find a new RE. You'll need to really look at what works best for you from a financial, emotional and physical standpoint.

Good luck to you!
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December 4th, 2009, 09:41 AM
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thank you! In june I was diagnosed with pcos and everything was clear and good. Unfortunately that month I also had a mc and since then have been on clomid and i guess i'm just getting tired of it not working.
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December 4th, 2009, 10:17 AM
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I'm sorry about your m/c.

In your case, though, since you did get pg fairly recently, I probably wouldn't (and this is just my opinion) jump to IVF. You might want to consider trying injectibles + trigger + IUI for 2-3 cycles first.

A lot, though, depends on cost, what your insurance covers, and what you are comfortable doing emotionally & physically.

Ultimately, it's up to YOU what is best for you and your specific situation.
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December 4th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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I did 6 IUIs before moving on to IVF. Part of the reason was $$...all treatment is out-of-pocket for us.

IUI is so much easier on you, both physically and mentally, that I think it is worth a shot if it is an option. Moving on to IVF, even though I had been preparing for it for a while, was really overwhelming. The IUI cycles at least got me used the the needles and the frequent appointments and stress; there is no way I would have stayed sane if I had gone from Clomid to IVF. Just something to think about!
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December 4th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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I'm sorry about your m/c.

In your case, though, since you did get pg fairly recently, I probably wouldn't (and this is just my opinion) jump to IVF. You might want to consider trying injectibles + trigger + IUI for 2-3 cycles first.

A lot, though, depends on cost, what your insurance covers, and what you are comfortable doing emotionally & physically.

Ultimately, it's up to YOU what is best for you and your specific situation.
I agree. I think you have to make decisions on your personal situation. But, ultimately it is up to you.

I totally skipped IUI but I don't know that that would have been a good option for me anyway. We never really discussed it. We did the Clomid for two cycles (I knew that wasn't going to work because I already ovulate) and then went straight to IVF.
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