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  #1  
September 10th, 2010, 05:46 AM
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I've been thinking that I might just do one IUI and then go straight to IVF. I don't want to waste a lot of time doing multiple IUI's when I have a better chance at getting pregnant with IVF. Do you think this is a good idea? Am I just being impatient? Do you know anyone who has rushed into IVF?



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September 10th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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I don't think that's "rushing" at all. I only did one IUI (well IUI's weren't even recommended for us but I just had to try one) and I think a lot of other ladies have been in the same situation. If you are able to move ahead with IVF to give yourself the best chance to conceive and if you are willing to do it, I say go for it. Keep us posted on what you decide!
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IVF#2/FET#1 (Jan/Feb 2011):Transferred two (7&8 cell) grade A (PERFECT) embies- BFN again.
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September 10th, 2010, 05:53 AM
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I know that Melissa (KMH) did a few IUI's with clomid but skipped injects and IUI all together to give IVF a shot... and now she is holding her baby in her arms.

I don't think it's crazy at all, and if our RE is on board, and you can afford it now with the new job.... I'D GO FOR IT!
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September 10th, 2010, 05:53 AM
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I only did one IUI before going to IVF. I didn't respond well to the medication, so we were going to have to move on to injectables. When I comparedthe benefit/burden of an IUI with injects against IVF, it seemed that IVF was the better option. My insurance covered both in full, so this was definitely a driving factor.

I'm not sure if we made the right decision or not. I just felt that IUI was no better than BDing and that had not gotten us pregnant. DH's sperm were fine and I did ovulate, so it seemed that there was something else going on. In my gut, I felt that there was definitely an egg quality issue (which I was right about).

That said, IVF is not comparable to an IUI cycle in terms of the emotional toll it takes on you. IUI is like getting on the kiddie roller coaster, while IVF is the full on ride with eight million loops and a five hundred foot drop.

Best of luck with your decision!!
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September 10th, 2010, 06:25 AM
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If i had listened to my GYN who said to do IUI, I woulda wasted money. DH's sperm count was so horrible we went straight to IVF and now, I have a 13.5 month old I have 6 snow peas too
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September 10th, 2010, 06:42 AM
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Hi Lindsey. I just finished my third cycle of IUI with Clomid and Injectibles and got my third BFN I am ready to move on to IVF and am feeling like we just kind of wasted three cycles. If I had it to do over again, I think that I would have moved to IVF sooner.

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Cycle #23 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
Cycle #24 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
Cycle #25 - Mini-IVF #3 - 4 eggs retrieved (two mature and 2 immature), one egg made it to blast and was frozen. Five snowbabies in all!! Hysteroscopy.
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September 10th, 2010, 06:50 AM
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I am kinda thinking the same thing, as well.
I'm glad I'm not alone.
I feel like, why waste time & money when we can just pull out the big guns & have more of a chance.
I know you will make the right decision for you.
I will be praying for you that your choice is easy.
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September 10th, 2010, 06:55 AM
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Thank you ladies!!! I thought I was being crazy for thinking so aggressively. DH is usually on board with whatever I decide, so I think I'll talk to him next week about my idea.

Even if it takes more than one IVF cycle to (hopefully) get my BFP, if I'm going to be giving myself shots, going for ultrasounds all the time and having progesterone suppositories leaking from my hoo ha, I might as well go for the option that yields the best odds.

On another note, I'm 7dpo today, so I could quite possibly be pregnant this month!!! Stranger things have happened.....
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IVF #1 BFN 11/2010
IVF #2 BFP! 12/2010
Wonderful, sweet daughter Khloe born August 2011
FET #1 - Oct 2012 BFN
FET #2 - Dec 2012 BFN
2nd lap surgery Dec 2012 stage 1 endo removed
IUI Apr 2013 cancelled due to producing 10 mature follicles
IUI June 2013 BFN
IVF #3 Sept 2013 BFN
IVF #4 Nov 2013 BFP! on 8dp3dt
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September 10th, 2010, 07:20 AM
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i can totally understand why you'd want to cut straight to the chase... i'd say go with your gut feeling on this one lindsey. KUP on what you decide! i'm always your biggest cheerleader!
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September 10th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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if i was able to afford it i totally would jump right to IVF so i think since your job does cover some of that i would do what you are planning. why wait right, we want baby for you now
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September 10th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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We only did one IUI cycle before our IVF cycle. Like Jackie IUI wasn't really recommended for us, but I figured we'd give it a shot and potentially save $10k first.
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September 10th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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We too only did one iui cycle before ivf..our RE didnt even want us to do that one cycle either! i dont think its rushing in..just doing one iui will probably give you piece of mind that you tried everything before ivf..thats how we saw it! good luck and i hope you dont need ivf!
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September 10th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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I did 6 IUIs over the course of a year (3 natural/3 with Clomid). For us, we just weren't ready, financially or emotionally, for an IVF cycle during that time. Since we are pretty much unexplained as far as infertility goes, we were hoping to get pregnant and avoid any further MA, but had no luck. I don't regret what we did, because we went at a pace that we were comfortable with.

As Addie mentioned, the biggest difference besides cost is the emotional toll IVF takes on you. I thought I was totally prepared after all my IUIs, but it was really tough. The stakes are so high, the hormones are completely wacky, and you don't feel all that great physically. If IUIs are like a 5K run, then IVF is like the Iron Man Trathalon.

I don't think you are crazy for wanting to go to IVF after only one IUI...only you and DH know when you feel ready to take that next step. Feel free to ask lots of questions and lean on your JM sisters...you'll need that support to make it through!
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September 10th, 2010, 11:06 AM
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If I could be the ultimate decision maker I'd totally go for IVF and skip IUI. Unfortunately DH is not on the same page so ..... I say GO FOR IT GIRL !!!! Cant wait to follow your journey although heck, you may just be preggo as we type now
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September 10th, 2010, 11:15 AM
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Im with the others. I say go for it. Although im hoping you are already prego and wont need it;-)
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September 10th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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I would have liked to have moved to IVF alot sooner than we did, but it was DH that wasn't ready to do that yet. So, we spent an entire year doing IUIs, lap surgery, etc. before moving to IVF. And, we ended up spending around $7K that whole year on those treatments. But, we had to both be ready to move on, so we kept trying everything until IVF was the only thing left (we did skip injectables with IUI).

I say go for it. You could end up saving alot of money in the long run that way.
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September 10th, 2010, 11:29 AM
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We are the same way.. we will do ONE IUI cycle, and then just save our $ for IVF! I don't think it's a bad idea, not after so many months already of trying!
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September 10th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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thats what we did, and it turns out it was totally for us. I don't regret it one bit. Got pregnant both time with IVF on the first try
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