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This was also posted on TTCMA. I am not sure how this works and am a little confused. My OB office does IUI's, it cuts costs and is definitely more affordable, like I mentioned, if no BFP by January we're going in for a IUI/clomid cycle...my OB told me that no setting up of anything is necessary...I will be taking clomid days 3-7, start taking opk's around cd 10, once I surge she said I need to call the fertility center that will be collecting dh's sample and washing it, then she said I also need to notify the OB office when I surge too because thats where I am actually getting the IUI done...so I am a bit confused on how dh gives his sample at the fertility center, they wash it, and then how do they get it to my OB office? Won't it lose some of its strength on the trip? My OB office is about 10 miles from the fertility center. My OB was in a hurry when discussing everything with me and I didn't think to ask her this before I left...so has anyone ever done it this way and how do they do it? Thanks
This is what I was told and part of the reason DH switched urologists. They prepare the sample and then deliver it to the OB's office, you will need to ask about the cost to deliver it, because it's a rush delivery-last minute- and climate controlled. It was going to be pretty expensive for us and it was just across town, so we found a good urologist who worked with our RE and would do the procedure at the RE's office. So just look into all of the costs involved and then decide if it will actually save money to do it at the OB's.
If we do IUI it will all be done at the RE's office (it's a huge University Medical Center and has a reproductive testing lab right on site). It costs $500 there, which I didn't think was toooo bad...especially since it is our only option b/c our local OB/GYN doesn't do IUIs or anything.
Ditto what Adamsgirl said, I would check into all of the technicalities and costs before you proceed.
Our first IUI was done at our OBs office- DH collected his sample at home then we drove it to our OB, it was washed and inserted in the same office.
Our 2nd one was done at the REs- but DH collected sample at the RE office and the procedure was done there too.
The sample needs to be collected, washed and inserted within 2 hours-- so if you can do it all in 2 hours then you should be fine. Like adamsgirl said- the biggest problem would probably be the cost to transport so definitely ask about that before you go ahead with it all. It would be so stressful to get this huge bill after.