3 Cycles of IUI and still not Pregnant....what now?
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4/27/2017 9:37 PM
I am 34 and my husband as well. Never ever in my dreams IthoughtI will have to go through this. We were apart for 3 yrs of our marriage as he had to do higher studies and then we got back together, things were awkward at first, but then we decided o have a family which I wanted for long time but due to husbands hesitation had to wait 5 yrs to start trying. At first we went through basic checkup and everything was fine, so started clomid, did 6 cycles with no luck. Got referred to tertiary center and underwent extensive testing with again everything normal and nothing to explain our cause of infertility. Changed our med to latrazol with timed intercourse, again no success. Hence we were recommended IUI, despite trying to do IUI everymonth it took us 6 months to get 3 IUI ( snow storm, sperm check fiasco etc etc ) . It felt like eternity. Despite all this it has been just failure after failure. It has taken emotional and physical toll on me. When 3rd IUI failed it was like living a nightmare. After lot of sulking and courage we have decided to go for IVF. When meds for stimulating ovaries arived , i have gotten frozen feet just looking at number of injections, cost, time commitment while working. I am getting jitters about it. I just hope that after going through all this there will be light at the end of tunnel.

3/6/2017 7:39 AM
I was married at 32 and immediately tried to get pregnant. When I was unable to conceive I had blood tests for fertility and was told that I had an FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) of 54 and would not be able to have children. Even though the doctors knew that I had been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis since age 25, no one bothered to check my thyroid levels. my TSH was measured at .001. My Synthroid dosage was lowered. a friend advise me to contact a spiritualist who help with fertility with her medicine, i collected her contact an explain my situation to her she prepared for me a herbal medicine which i took as describe I by her. became pregnant very quickly, I had a successful pregnancy. I have my baby august 2014. to get pregnant at age 35 with my 2nd child in september 2016, thank you mama , this is her email contact if you require her help nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

8/10/2011 10:45 PM
Thank you, MamaSoon. You are absolutely right, getting my feelings and emotions out is helpful and this forum is not only helpful emotionally, but it is also educational. I will ask my doctor about that test you mentioned and see what he says. Of course I can talk to my husband about this stuff, but it's not the same as talking to a woman. I just wish that there was the same answer and solution for every woman facing infertility instead of it being one of the biggest guessing games. That is what makes it so frustrating...nothing is for certain.

Best of luck on your next cycle!! You did give me a little hope for trying IVF if my husband is up for it.

8/5/2011 5:30 PM
Infertility is such a mystery. I am 34 and my husband is 40. I have never had any problems with my menstrual cycle, always on time. My husband has been tested and there is nothing wrong with him either. When I finally decided I was ready to start a family, I was hoping that I would just get off my birth control and get pregnant. That was 2008 and we are still trying to conceive. We tried to start with clomid, but I had a cyst so my doctor said I would have to wait for the following month. My other option was to do IUI without clomid. We were so anxious that we went ahead with IUI without clomid. We did 3 cycles of IUI's without clomid and had no luck. Finally, we had a blood test called (anti-mullerian hormone) AMH done. It is fairly new and is not widely known amongst OBGYN's. This test is supposed to determine the quality of the eggs. It gives fertility specialist a good idea of how the eggs have aged biologically vs aging them based on your age. My test results revealed that my eggs had aged much faster than I had. So my eggs are closer to what 40 year old's eggs would be. This was quite dissappointing and very emotional. So my only chance of having my own child is going to be with the help of IVF. So we started the cycle in April 2011. It was a very interesting experience. I didn't have too many symptoms except for weight gain and bloating. I only produced 8 eggs of which only 4 were fertilized. Out of the 4 that were fertilized, only 1 made it to transfer. So my chances of being pregnant was very low. I didn't not get pregnant with my first cycle. It was extremely emotional and I really thought this was it. But after a few weeks of sulking, I went back to my fertility doc and went over my entire cycle to see what we need to do differently and how can we maximize the number of eggs my body can produce. I have decided to go for another cycle of IVF treatments in November. I decided I needed a break to recollect my thoughts, give my body a rest from the drugs and lose the weight I had gained. It is very hard to go through something like this and have nothing to show for it. In the end, all we want is to get pregnant and have a family. The next cycle will hopefully be successful because now my fertility specialist knows how my body reacts and what changes we need to make in my dosage and drugs to have a successful outcome.

I went through the same emotions of why not me and have come to a conclusion that sometimes what you want most is hard to have without some sacrifice. Every woman's journey through this process is different and difficult. All I can say is don't give up hope and when you are frustrated and down, post your emotions and frustrations on this forum. Get it out of your system and don't let things get couped up in your heart. It is also important to have someone you can talk with and share your emotions. Someone that will listen and not justify your feelings. Sometimes we just need to vent our emotions and thoughts without any feedback. I am lucky to have several good friends that have supported me through this journey.

This is my first time sharing and posting on a forum of this kind. I now realize that I may have had someone to share what I'm going through, but there are many women who don't have that outlet. When I came across your post I totally felt your frustration and concern because I have been there. I thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to share on this forum and to learn from other people's experiences.

Good luck to you and don't give up. Just don't let your emotions get the better of you :-) MommaSoon

7/31/2011 8:16 PM
Hi! I am also new to infertility. I'm 36 and my husband is 43...we have been trying for a little over a year with no luck. We've both been through testing and everything seems to be normal with both of us...which makes the whole infertility thing that much more frustrating. We went the chlomid route for a few months with nothing but a ruptured cyst to show for it. We have now gone through 3 cycles of IUI with no luck. This last cycle of IUI my doctor had me giving myself the Follistem shots (I think it was 100units), then the Ovidrel trigger shot plus progesterone supplements and after the hormone test they added Estrodial (estrogen patches, 2 every 72 hours). I was tired, and my breasts were very sore...and I swear I was having cravings! But, the pregnancy test this past Friday was negative. We were both very disappointed! Our doctor told us he typically only tries to do 3 IUI cycles and if those don't work he prefers to move on to try something new. I'm just not sure we want to go through IVF... I would HATE to go through all of that (time, money, procedures) just to get the same results we are getting now. I am very confused. It is so frustrating to know that so many people around me have gotten pregnant without even trying (some were even trying to prevent it) and here we are trying so hard and not being able to get pregnant. So, I don't really have any friends to talk about this with that would understand. After each IUI, I really tried not to get my hopes up so as not to be so disappointed if the test was negative. But this time it felt different, now I'm guessing it was the different combination of hormones I was taking/on. But because I had that little glimmer of hope that it was different this time, I was that much more disappointed and cried most of the afternoon. I just don't know what to do now... We couldn't get a second consultation with our doctor until September unless there is a cancelation...so I guess until then we can try a couple of months the old fashioned way.

It's been helpful to read all these other posts...I'm glad I was directed to this forum. I know we're not alone seeing as how our doctor's office is quite busy...but it's helpful to read about other people's stories.

best of luck to everyone...we all know what each other is going through!
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