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  #1  
December 16th, 2011, 04:55 PM
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The IUI was done today about 35-40 min later than the appointment.
I am not sure the doc had the best bed side manner but he told me before the IUI treatment that DH had about 2.x million count before wash (the clean out the gelatinous fluid as to concentrate the sperms) . After the wash he said that the count was 1.x million in the count. He said it was low. I am not sure if it severely low or not but the nurse said that an IUI have been successful with lower count. I have read on other sites that the quality of the sperm is more important than the count.
Give me some hope here. Any positive thoughts would be appreciated.

DH and I will BD tonight and tomorrow to aid the IUI. Tomorrow morning I start prometrium supps (progesterone to thicken the uterine lining) morning and night (12 hrs apart).
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December 16th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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It only takes one little sperm! Good luck! I hope this is your cycle!
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December 17th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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Lovisa, I'm on the suppositories now, too. My best advice is to wear a pantyliner. Even if you put it in and are able to lie down for an hour or more, you're still going to probably leak throughout the day. I tend to have less leakage the farther I'm able to insert it. My first one I just barely inserted and thought that would do the trick, but as soon as I stood up a couple hours later, it was bad news.

No info on the IUI, but I agree with your train of thought that quality matters more than quantity. I don't know if I ever saw a reply from you, I may have just not made it there yet -- are you planning to test out your trigger with Wondfos or some kind of cheapie?
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(Thank you Natasha for this beautiful graphic of Andrew, and to the ladies of the Nov 10 PR who help me in carrying on his memory.)


Jan. 2009: Came off years of BCP and started TTC
March 2010: BFP -- finally!
Oct. 22, 2010: Drew is born, but has to stay in the NICU because of cord complications resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain problems =(
Oct. 27, 2010: I held him in my arms while Daddy, Grandma, Great-Uncle and I sang him to sleep =( Hardest thing I've ever done...
June 14, 2011: Drew's baby brother or sister waved hi to us with a BFP!
June 25, 2011: Natural miscarriage... Can we please catch a break here?
Nov. 2011: 100mg Clomid followed by 2mg Estrogen, Ovidrel trigger, and 200mg progesterone suppositories 2x/day 14 days. BFN.
Dec. 2011: 2nd medicated cycle. BFN.
Jan. 2012: Took a month off to breathe...
Feb. 2012: Same regimen of Clomid and other meds, add IUI. 2 eggs and 8.5 million swimmers. BFN.
March 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-11, follie scan CD 8 showed 6 follies likely to mature. Triggered, IUI on CD 14, 4 million swimmers. BFN.
April 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-10. Scan showed 2 mature follies, 2 almost certain to mature, and two not likely but possible. (All 6 evenly and perfectly spaced out between the left and the right.) Triggered, IUI CD 13 with 5 million swimmers. BFN.
May 2012: 75 IU Follistim starting CD 3. Waiting to O. Timed intercourse. Likely 5 follies to mature.




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December 17th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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The other girls are right...all it takes is one little swimmer. I hope this works for you!

Most REs recommend a post-wash minimum of 5 million sperm...IUIs using fewer sperm have significantly decreased success rates. I'm not trying to be a Negative Nellie or anything...your IUI can absolutely be successful. I do want to give you that info, though...there are REs that will push treatments that will not be successful just for the $$ (I know, that is sick and twisted, but it happens).
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December 18th, 2011, 07:37 AM
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One of the girls here also had CRAZY results with improving her husband's sperm count by having him take L-Carnitine. Not sure who it was or exactly how much she had him take, but maybe she'll see this and chime in...?
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With us on earth for five short days, with us in our hearts forever.
(Thank you Natasha for this beautiful graphic of Andrew, and to the ladies of the Nov 10 PR who help me in carrying on his memory.)


Jan. 2009: Came off years of BCP and started TTC
March 2010: BFP -- finally!
Oct. 22, 2010: Drew is born, but has to stay in the NICU because of cord complications resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain problems =(
Oct. 27, 2010: I held him in my arms while Daddy, Grandma, Great-Uncle and I sang him to sleep =( Hardest thing I've ever done...
June 14, 2011: Drew's baby brother or sister waved hi to us with a BFP!
June 25, 2011: Natural miscarriage... Can we please catch a break here?
Nov. 2011: 100mg Clomid followed by 2mg Estrogen, Ovidrel trigger, and 200mg progesterone suppositories 2x/day 14 days. BFN.
Dec. 2011: 2nd medicated cycle. BFN.
Jan. 2012: Took a month off to breathe...
Feb. 2012: Same regimen of Clomid and other meds, add IUI. 2 eggs and 8.5 million swimmers. BFN.
March 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-11, follie scan CD 8 showed 6 follies likely to mature. Triggered, IUI on CD 14, 4 million swimmers. BFN.
April 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-10. Scan showed 2 mature follies, 2 almost certain to mature, and two not likely but possible. (All 6 evenly and perfectly spaced out between the left and the right.) Triggered, IUI CD 13 with 5 million swimmers. BFN.
May 2012: 75 IU Follistim starting CD 3. Waiting to O. Timed intercourse. Likely 5 follies to mature.




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December 18th, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Thanks Erin! I am going to try to occupy myself with things that keep my mind off of it until I go in for my Beta on Jan 3rd 2012.
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December 18th, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Jan. 3 is when my next appointment is scheduled for too, even though my trigger was Monday. He just went ahead and scheduled me as though I'm going to be pregnant. He said if that isn't the case, to call in on CD 1 and get stuff set up to come in within the next couple days.
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With us on earth for five short days, with us in our hearts forever.
(Thank you Natasha for this beautiful graphic of Andrew, and to the ladies of the Nov 10 PR who help me in carrying on his memory.)


Jan. 2009: Came off years of BCP and started TTC
March 2010: BFP -- finally!
Oct. 22, 2010: Drew is born, but has to stay in the NICU because of cord complications resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain problems =(
Oct. 27, 2010: I held him in my arms while Daddy, Grandma, Great-Uncle and I sang him to sleep =( Hardest thing I've ever done...
June 14, 2011: Drew's baby brother or sister waved hi to us with a BFP!
June 25, 2011: Natural miscarriage... Can we please catch a break here?
Nov. 2011: 100mg Clomid followed by 2mg Estrogen, Ovidrel trigger, and 200mg progesterone suppositories 2x/day 14 days. BFN.
Dec. 2011: 2nd medicated cycle. BFN.
Jan. 2012: Took a month off to breathe...
Feb. 2012: Same regimen of Clomid and other meds, add IUI. 2 eggs and 8.5 million swimmers. BFN.
March 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-11, follie scan CD 8 showed 6 follies likely to mature. Triggered, IUI on CD 14, 4 million swimmers. BFN.
April 2012: 75 IU Follistim CD 3-10. Scan showed 2 mature follies, 2 almost certain to mature, and two not likely but possible. (All 6 evenly and perfectly spaced out between the left and the right.) Triggered, IUI CD 13 with 5 million swimmers. BFN.
May 2012: 75 IU Follistim starting CD 3. Waiting to O. Timed intercourse. Likely 5 follies to mature.




^^ Click graphic for chart ^^


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December 19th, 2011, 06:52 AM
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Good Luck! It only takes one perfect one. I am sure they wouldn't have done it if they thought the count was stupid low! You'll be good!

Not trying to be negaitve nelley either, but my RE told me they like to see 20 mill after wash. That seems super high to me though.
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Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
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December 19th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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EJsMommy~ I am the one whose DH's sperm count increased A LOT by having him take a vitamin called L-Carnitine! Buy it at the grocery store for your DH and have him take it every night with dinner. My RE won't do an IUI if the sperm count isn't at 4 million. DH had a low count too, but after 2 months of the vitamin, he was up to 12 million and 2 months later, he's at 52 million! Taking the extra vitamin was the only thing he changed.

Good luck with your IUI. Have him start the L-Carnitine right away, so that if this IUI doesn't work he'll be better next time! Fingers crossed that you don't even need it!!!
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December 19th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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Thank you Mandy for your info. I will check that out. If I may ask was it your RE that mentioned the L-Carnitine for increasing sperm count?
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December 23rd, 2011, 12:40 AM
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EJsMommy~ I am the one whose DH's sperm count increased A LOT by having him take a vitamin called L-Carnitine! Buy it at the grocery store for your DH and have him take it every night with dinner. My RE won't do an IUI if the sperm count isn't at 4 million. DH had a low count too, but after 2 months of the vitamin, he was up to 12 million and 2 months later, he's at 52 million! Taking the extra vitamin was the only thing he changed.

Good luck with your IUI. Have him start the L-Carnitine right away, so that if this IUI doesn't work he'll be better next time! Fingers crossed that you don't even need it!!!
Was your dh taking just plain L-carnitine? Mine is on Acetyl L-carnitine, a little bit different but when trying for my son 5 years ago his counts also dramtically increased with a combo of Acetyl L-carnitine and L-carnitine fumarate, those are the two active ingredients in Proxeed, the $100 a month male fertility pill, much cheaper to buy the active ingredients separate though .
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