The IUI Stats:
- Pre-Wash Initial Count: 44 million, 50% motility
- Post-Wash IUI Count: 21 million, 60% motility
On Wednesday, 11/25, I had my first ever IUI. There have been a few moments in my infertility journey where I got close to doing IUI, and then something would happen and we’d have to cancel. If it wasn’t Clomid eating my lining, it was Follistim failing. To finally reach IUI day… it felt like a huge milestone in my journey.
Leading up to the IUI, my hubby had been following some tips on how to increase count and motility. The last time he got checked, it had been 36 hours between intimacy and testing, so it wasn’t the best scenario for a sample. His count per million was low, but with 50% motility. We were pleased with the motility considering 6 years ago it came in at less than 20%, and we assumed the low count had to be due to the time frame we were working with.
For IUI, we waited 5 days between intimacy and IUI, and ended up with 44 million swimmers with 50% motility before the wash! After the wash, we had 21 million swimmers and 60% motility. Knowing we had 60% for IUI was wonderful! I was hoping for 50% or higher. The goal count for an IUI post-wash is at least 10-20 million, so to have 21 million felt very positive as well. Overall, the numbers look good, but it’s really all in God’s hands.
My First IUI Experience
Everyone told me that IUI’s are painless and easy. They’re quick, over in an instant, and no big deal. They’re like a paps. Back in 2009 when I had an HSG test done, it was more painful than it should have been because my cervix was so incredibly stubborn. The guy doing the procedure was breaking out into a sweat as he struggled to insert the catheter and could tell I was getting tense. He kept saying “I’m so sorry, I just can’t get it in.” I had this memory in the back of my mind as I prepared myself for the IUI, but I was hoping it would be easier since the IUI doesn’t include inflating a balloon in my uterus like the HSG did.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t easier. In fact, I think it was worse.
My ovaries were swollen so that made everything in my lower abdomen sit awkwardly as it is. As my doctor was trying to insert the catheter, it wouldn’t go in. I got tense, which doesn’t help the situation. I kept trying to relax, but man it hurt. It was a deep/sharp/cramping pain. There must have been a curve to my uterus, because the catheter just kept stopping and wouldn’t go through and up. This went on for several minutes before she had to try a different catheter. As I laid on the table, so many thoughts were going through my head: We’re not going to be able to do this. We’re going to have to cancel. We have this awesome swimmer sample that is going to waste.
It wasn’t my best moment. I fought back tears because I did not want the IUI to end this way.
But finally, with the new catheter, it went through, and she was able to insert the sample way up into my uterus. Afterward, I laid on the table for an additional 15 minutes to let everything set. I kept thinking “Please God, I don’t want to have to do an IUI again.” It just wasn’t at all what I expected. But, that’s my life, isn’t it? I should expect the unexpected.
After the 15 minutes were over, my doctor came back in and said “You should be good and pregnant now!” I loved her enthusiasm and hope. I am so thankful for her.
So that was my first IUI experience! I am so glad it is over and hope I don’t have to do it again, but at least I now know what to expect if we have to repeat it. Overall I feel pretty good. I had a lot of cramping the day of the IUI, and ended up going to bed at 7:30 that night and sleeping for 10.5 hours. After how the week went, I was exhausted, and so thankful that the next day was Thanksgiving so I could sleep in.
Today is 5dpIUI on my 2nd Follistim cycle. I am getting a P4 (progesterone) draw this morning to see if I need supplements or if I am creating enough progesterone on my own to support a pregnancy. It should be in good standing if all 3 of my largest follicles ruptured. I’ll share the result on Facebook when it comes in.
May I be pregnant and miserable for Christmas!