What’s an IUI Like?

Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. 
~Mac McCleary

Sunday, I got my positive OPK and so I called Seattle Reproductive to schedule an IUI. Actually, I left a message with the answering service. They didn’t call me back that night (wasn’t expecting them to) and yesterday morning, the IUI was set up for 1 p.m. that day.

Technically, the husband’s (Huzzy’s) appointment is first and the wife’s (mine) is an hour and a half later. So after Huzzy made his donation, we had lunch and came back for my 2:30 appointment. Since this is a different clinic than the Army hospital (Madigan) that we are normally at, I didn’t know anyone and it was kinda a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am thing.

I met the nurse who would do the IUI and she asked, “You have a full bladder, right?” Uh… no. I just went five or 10 minutes ago.

Apparently this clinic wants you to have a full bladder so it helps push down on your uterus, which helps them place the catheter properly. No one told me (not Madigan nor the person who I asked to show me the restroom and who knew I was in for IUI at the clinic) that I needed a full bladder. Because of this, she needed to push on my uterus from the top to get it in and I was more likely to spot (which I did). I heard from others that some clinics do not want you to have a full bladder, so check with your clinic beforehand.

Overall, it really wasn’t that bad. Know that the speculum cannot be lubricated because that can kill sperm… so be prepared for that.  I also had some cramping and spotting, which is normal, and that mostly happened from the catheter being placed through my cervix (the catheter is what the sperm is pushed through). When the sperm were placed, I didn’t have any cramping. Some people do. It wasn’t as bad as menstrual cramps, so if you have to do this procedure, don’t worry about it. It’s not a big deal. It’s definitely not as bad as the HSG.

Our “boys” numbers were quite good. Excellent, in fact.

Post Wash Numbers
Volume: 0.5mL
Concentration: 60 million
Motility: 80%
Rapid and Linear: 16%
Total Motile Sperm: 24 million

Considering a normal sperm count before wash is 20-40 million per mL and we had three times that post wash–and 24 million that were motile–I think we are sitting quite well. I’m hoping that we get that BFP the first try. I do realize that, with best estimates, our chances are still only 20% and are probably lower. But one can hope!

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7 thoughts on “What’s an IUI Like?

  1. I’m saying lots of prayers!!!! Thank you for writing this! I’m scared! The HSG scarred me for life. Most painful thing I’ve ever had to go through as of yet!!!! Sending good vibes your way!

  2. Lots of BFP dust and fingers, toes, eyes, crossed, prayers and happy thoughts. I had no idea this was how they did it. It’s crazy what they can do now. How you feel tip top soon. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  3. At one time the RE clinic at Madigan would tell you to have a full bladder and give you an instruction sheet to follow for the before and after procedure, now they don’t. Wish I’d found you well in advance of this IUI because I could have prepared you a bit for the procedure. SRM always wants you to have a full bladder including for the embryo transfers.

  4. I can’t wait to hear your results! My husband and I are going through this journey also of trying to have a little one.

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