I feel ok now but think there is a hint of a rising panic in my chest. The question in my body, from my head to my toes, is, “Why isn’t it working?”. I think that once I have had an unsuccessful cycle #4, that panic is going to start slowly rising like the Bangkok flood water of a few months ago. Is it simply a matter of my being unlucky and in the 80-85 percentile for whom IUI doesn’t work? Or am I being treated a bit sloppily by my clinic? Should I consider changing my doc?
Next time I see him I will have a lot of questions for him. If I hadn’t read about all this so much, I would be in total ignorance, because he does not really offer any information spontaneously.
I see that others undergoing these procedures have ultrasounds after their triggers to see if the follicles have responded.
I see that others have double IUIs.
I see there are lots of progesterone options apart from the pills I am taking; the pessaries seemed to causes an allergy in my vagina, but I have read recently that they can be put in your back passage (why didn’t my doc tell me that there was another way to administer the most effective progesterone supplement?). I could also have injections ( I fear those but the ends justify the means!!).
I see that my doc’s response to any of my questions doesn’t seem to be thinking of any next IUI step, as outlined above, rather it is always the same: “well, IUI just isn’t that effective. Be patient.”
That’s all very well, but if there are additional things which can be done to absolutely maximise my chances while undergoing these IUIs, I want to do them! From my end, I have barely drunk a drop of coffee or alcohol for months; I am jogging at least four times a week, eating a balanced and highly nutritious diet, avoiding processed food almost entirely (having a partner who is a chef is a help here); and I am taking clomid before ovulation and progesterone afterward because of my luteal phase issue. I don’t want to be railroaded unto IVF rather than maximising the efficiency of the IUI. If I had the money I might go ahead with it right now, but the thought of investing that much for another failure is terrifying. We have just about enough saved up to do that once, and if it isn’t a success, it will surely feel like the end of the road.
This cycle my period came 5 days before I expected it. Why was that?
Ah, poor doc will be bombarded with questions, but I have to do it.
WHY isn’t it working?