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  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 06-28-11 | 12:00 AM


    Vent all you like. That's why we're here.

    I got a BFN with my first IUI, too. I had 7 follicles and a count of 90 million. How in the WORLD did we not conceive that cycle????

    BUT--hang in there. There are so many of us who have walked this path and know how difficult it is. We also know the joy that comes with the reward of sticking it out. Hang in there.
  • babywishes 06-28-11 | 04:44 PM
  • Thanks! I like having this website, because none of my friends or family understand what I am going through because they all got pregnant relatively easy.
    I keep thinking that is should happen soon, I mean the doctors say there is nothing wrong with us. I have endometriosis, but I had that all cleared out in March. According to them, there is really no reason we haven't gotten pregnant yet.
    Did you have 7 mature follicles, or was that how many you had at the beginning of your cycle? I had 11 follicles, 2 which matured and only 1 was of the right size, and my husband had 49 million, I really thought we had a good chance. When you did the IUI, how many tries before you got a BFP?
  • nqhappy1 11-08-12 | 01:05 AM
  • IUI and IVF are solutions to different problems. For example, looking at this article on
    , it tells us that IUI will only treat infertility causes that prevent sperm from reaching an egg. These can be either male or female infertility issues. For example, low sperm motility (i.e., strength and ability to swim to the egg) may prevent the sperm from reaching the egg, and as such the IUI procedure will help because it manually places the sperm very close to the egg so they do not have to swim as far. On the female side, above average cervical fluid viscosity may be a cause of infertility. In that case the sperm may be strong, but still unable to swim to the egg. Again, in this case the IUI procedure where the sperm are manually inserted near the egg using a catheter will help.

    IVF on the other hand is very different. The sperm fertilizing the egg happens outside the body in a lab, instead of naturally inside the body for IUI. IUI does nothing to help the actual fertilization process (the sperm wiggling into the egg), while IVF does this process manually by injecting the sperm into the egg, then implanting the fertilized egg back into the woman's body.

    As you can see IUI and IVF are for treating very different problems, so the first step is to determine what is the cause of your infertility. To do this you'll have to visit your doctor.

    Best of luck, and hope this helps.
  • babywishes 11-08-12 | 06:49 PM
  • Well by this point I have done 3 failed rounds of IUI and 1 IVF. I am seeing a fertility specialist. They have determined I have unexplained fertility. The only real problem they can find after 2 years of running tests and exams is that I have endometriosis. Which can definitely cause infertility. I understand that differences between IUI and IVF, believe me I have done more than my share of research, plus seeing 4 different doctors and having discussions with all. We completed a round of IVF this past summer, after a very long and stressful process we ended up pregnant. We then unfortunately miscarried at almost 7 weeks. Now we are trying to determine the next steps as we are approaching 4 years of trying.

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