We’re about to get real personal, y’all. That’s nothing new around here, but I’m going to share how exactly I got pregnant. No, no, this is not a birds and the bees post. 🙂
I got pregnant from an IUI. When I first learned that I was going to have an IUI, I was nervous, scared, and hopeful. However, I didn’t know a whole lot about it which is why I’d like to share information about IUIs and my own personal experience.
That being said, this is information I’ve collected from my doctor, nurse, and personal experience. As always, please direct all specific questions to your doctor as I am not a medical professional.
IUI Information: All the Details
What is an IUI? IUI stands for intrauterine insemination. I like to refer to it as the “turkey baster” method. IUI is NOT the same as IVF (in vitro fertilization). Itz less invasive and way less expensive.
When can you get an IUI? An IUI takes place during ovulation. Since itz not an exact science, doctors do their best in preparing your body (often with medication), checking your overies and follicles with an ultrasound, and making a determination of when they think you will ovulate.
How do you prepare for an IUI? Listen to your doctor! In terms of “doing” anything, there’s not really anything to be done. You just show up at the office! Once my doctor saw I was ready to ovulate, she gave me the HCG (pregnancy hormone) trigger shot. From there, you typically ovulate within 24 hours of the shot. Then, once you ovulate (the egg is released), the egg stays for 24 – 48 hours. During this time period is when you would get the IUI.
How do you know when to get an IUI? Like I said, itz not an exact science. The first month (July) I got an IUI, it didn’t work. The second month (August), we did two consecutive IUIs, and one of them obviously ended up working.
How does an IUI work? After collecting a sample from your dear husband, you keep it as close to body temperature as you can (I literally stuck the jar in my bra per the suggestion of my nurse), and safely rush to the doctor’s office. My doctor said I needed to have the sample to her within an hour. Once she receives it, she takes about twenty minutes and actually separates the semen from the sperm.
Can you see the little swimmers? YES! My doctor was awesome in that she let us (me, my mom, and my sister) look at the little swimmers under the microscope before beginning the process. In essence, we saw Baby Itz before he/she was conceived!
Then what? The doctor dilutes the sperm because apparently you can’t put just straight sperm into a woman’s body. Then, the process is ready to begin.
Does an IUI hurt? No. Itz a bit uncomfortable, but itz so quick and the potential results are well worth it. Like a Pap test, the doctor inserts a speculum into your vagina (this was the uncomfortable part for me). Using a catheter, she squirts the diluted mixture of sperm into your uterus. This part takes literally five minutes.
What do the sperm have to do? Since the sperm are inserted directly into the uterus, an IUI takes away the vaginal component of conceiving. The sperm still need to swim up the fallopian tubes to meet, and hopefully, fertilize the egg.
What do you do after an IUI? My doctor recommended me laying on the table for fifteen minutes. She raised this thing on the table, so my hips were elevated. I ended up laying there for about 25 minutes (I just wanted to be sure!).
What is the recovery period of an IUI? There is none! I literally went to work after both of my IUIs. I did try and take it easy, and after my IUI is when I stopped working out completely. There were so many factors in getting me pregnant, that we’re not sure if any one thing I did was the magical trick, so itz hard to say.
Is an IUI expensive? My insurance did not cover any fertility treatments, so my IUIs cost $220 each. Expensive? Yes. Compared to paying over twenty grand for IVF? Not so much! I’d say IUI is a deal! (Well, not really, but in comparison! Haha.)
Can people be in the room during an IUI? Perhaps itz different depending on your doctor, but mine was fine with it. Jonny had to work, so my mom came with me the first day, and my sister the second day. They didn’t actually see anything as the doctor places a sheet over your legs (similar to a yearly exam). They came for moral support which was much appreciated. My sister asked if she could hold my hand, and I let her know that she was fine right where she was. 😉
I’m linking up with Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday since being pregnant with Baby Itz is marvelous, magical, and a dream come true!
That’s all the relevant information about getting an IUI that I can think of. Like I stated at the beginning of this post, I am not a medical professional. I did my best to relay the facts as I understood them from my doctor. I had a very positive experience with getting an IUI as the second or third time obviously resulted in the beginning of Baby Itz!
Let’s end this information-loaded post on a lighter note. Because my mom and sister were with me during my IUIs, they were technically there during conception. How many people (besides husbands) can say that? 😉
What other questions do you have about getting an IUI?