Sometimes, all you need to keep going on your journey towards pregnancy are some stories of success from other couples. If you’re thinking of trying IUI in order to conceive, these IUI stories from other couples can help you find the courage you need to press on.
Jeanine’s Long Haul
When she and her husband were first married, they were immediately ready to have a family. After years of trying to conceive naturally, though, Jeanine finally got checked out by her gynecologist, who could find no reason for her infertility. After waiting a couple more years, Jeanine went on a more aggressive route through an infertility clinic. Several rounds of drug-assisted IUI later, she still couldn’t get pregnant.
Then, in a desperate attempt, her doctor suggested exploratory surgery to find out what the problem was, since they were almost sure it didn’t have to do with male factor. After finding and removing some scar tissue in her uterus, they tried another round of IUI, which didn’t work, again. Finally, Jeanine and her husband chose to move on to try three cycles of IVF, which turned out to be an unsuccessful and painful experience.
After taking a break from the infertility roller coaster for a few months, Jeanine needed to give it one last shot. This time, she decided she couldn’t go through IVF again, so she asked her doctor to give her all the medications for IVF but to do IUI instead. After her two week wait, she discovered that she was finally pregnant!
Tricia’s Incompatibility Problems
When Tricia and her husband of nearly ten years tried to get pregnant for several years without success, they decided it was time to see a reproductive endocrinologist. They found out that Tricia’s ovaries weren’t functioning properly, and before moving on to any medications or traditional treatments, the couple decided to try acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments, which did help improve the situation somewhat.
Even with the improvement, though, the couple was still unable to get pregnant. Finally, doctor’s pinpointed the real reason for the problem: cervical mucus/sperm incompatibility. Basically, Tricia’s mucus was killing off her husband’s sperm, which meant that they would have almost no chance of getting pregnant naturally.
Luckily, this is one of the problems that is easily overcome by IUI. Tricia and her husband did one round of IUI with Clomid, and two weeks later, they found out that they were finally pregnant!
Elaine’s Male Factor Issues
One of the main things that IUI is used to overcome is male factor infertility. Elaine and her husband had already gotten pregnant through IUI despite his low sperm motility before, but they were ready to have a second child. Instead of trying naturally, they jumped right into IUI treatments.
Since the issues were with the sperm and not Elaine, who had a healthy, regular cycle and produced viable eggs, the couple opted for natural cycle IUI. By simply monitoring Elaine’s ovulation, they timed their IUI cycles. Unfortunately, they had to go through seven of these cycles. On the seventh cycle, just when they were starting to give up hope, Elaine finally found out that she was pregnant. She could hardly believe it because she felt no symptoms whatsoever.
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