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June 21st, 2010, 08:09 AM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hello Ladies. I am new to this Board (but have spent a little time on some of the other boards). I am turning 35 in a month and DH and I have been TTC our first child for 13 months now. This is our first month with any kind of medical assistance. This month I started Clomid, FSH, Estrogen and HCG (I feel like I still barely know what these things are...) and tomorrow I go for my first IUI.

After trying for over a year with no luck, it is exciting to try something different but it is all kind of overwhelming to me. I'm feeling a little nervous about the IUI, not because I am worried about the procedure itself but because I'm worried about getting my expectations up and then getting another BFN. I feel like there is so much that I don't know or understand about this process. For example, I went to the clinic on Saturday for an ultrasound and bloodwork. The ultrasound showed that I had two follicles on my left side (one at 17.5 and one at 19) and one on my right (at 14). They said that it was ok to go ahead with the IUI but I am curious to know how many mature follicles it is "normal" to have. It seems to me that there should be more. Is this correct? Does that fact that I only have three (and only two that seem mature enough) reduce my chances that this will work? Or is this a good number to have? I am completely clueless!

If anyone is willing to share, I am just kind of curious to hear about other people's experiences with IUI.
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Started TTC #1 July 2009
Three IUIs - BFNs
IVF - Cycle Cancelled
Three Rounds of Mini-IVF = 5 frozen embryos
July 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
November 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!! Aven Born on August 4, 2012

July 2014 - Got Pregnant Naturally with Twins! Miscarriage at 9 weeks.
November 2014 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!



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June 21st, 2010, 08:28 AM
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I think that 3 is a great number. You don't want more than that cuz you could end up with high multiples. I think that clomid is the "lightest" ovulation stimulant. IF you went to some of the other stuff that they use when you are having IVF, then you get the follicles amounts that are much higher.
I think that most doctors will cancel your iui if you have more than 4 follicles. Good luck with the IUI. Hope you get that BFP.
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June 21st, 2010, 08:43 AM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Thank you for that information. I really apprecaite it! I must have seen some information about follicle numbers that are associated with IVF rather than IUI.

Thanks!
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My History
Started TTC #1 July 2009
Three IUIs - BFNs
IVF - Cycle Cancelled
Three Rounds of Mini-IVF = 5 frozen embryos
July 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
November 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!! Aven Born on August 4, 2012

July 2014 - Got Pregnant Naturally with Twins! Miscarriage at 9 weeks.
November 2014 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!



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June 21st, 2010, 09:09 AM
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I haven't had an IUI yet, but I wanted to wish you good luck. I am 34, will be 35 in August and have been trying for 13 months as well. I hope this is all it takes for your BFP!
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lap surgery Apr 2010 stage 2 endo removed
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
Expecting boy/girl twins 8/1/14

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June 21st, 2010, 09:16 AM
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3 follicles is really good. When I was doing IUI my doctor would definitely cancel if I had 4 or more. Good luck tomorrow!!!
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Did Puregon and IUI from June 2008 - Dec.2008
Began process of testing and getting ready for IVF w/ICSI Feb.2009
Did first IVF w/ICSI in May. MC June 2009
Did IVF with FET Oct 2009 and had CP
Begin taking BCP on May 7 for IVF
Lupron injections on May 15
Gonal-F & Menupor on May 28
Retrieval on June 7, 5 day transfer w/2 embryo's on June 12
June 21-4 weeks pregnant!! Praying for heartbeat at 7 week ultrasound
July 12-We are having twins! Two strong heartbeats. Thank you God.
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June 21st, 2010, 09:51 AM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Thank you so much for the well wishes! I feel much better now hearing from a few of you that 3 is a good thing! This process has really been pretty confusing for me. We met with the Doctor back in March and she gave us a bunch of information about IUI but now that we are actually doing it three months later its hard to remember the details of what she told us. I haven't seen her since that first meeting. My appointments lately just consist of me coming in for an ultrasound and blood work and communicating with the nurse by leaving voicemails for one another. I am guessing that this may be somewhat typical for a fertility clinic but it makes it difficult to ask questions sometimes.

Lindsey - thank you for taking the time to write even though you haven't had an IUI yet (hope you get your BFP before you need to have one!). It's nice to hear from someone who is "in a similar place." Best of luck to you too!
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My History
Started TTC #1 July 2009
Three IUIs - BFNs
IVF - Cycle Cancelled
Three Rounds of Mini-IVF = 5 frozen embryos
July 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
November 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!! Aven Born on August 4, 2012

July 2014 - Got Pregnant Naturally with Twins! Miscarriage at 9 weeks.
November 2014 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!



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June 21st, 2010, 11:19 AM
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3 follicles is really good with clomid. I only ever had 1 with clomid and 1 with Femara. Actually I only had 1 with injectables as well. I do agree though, it can be very overwhelming at times, feel free to stop in here though anytime and ask questions. Good luck with your IUI, I hope it is the only one you need to get your BFP!!
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