Yesterday was our first “home insemination” which occurred in the back of my car. I got a text from Lyn while at the pharmacy buying pre-seed that she got a positive OPK. This was much earlier than we expected. She usually gets a smiley face on CD12-13 and yesterday was CD10. With the benefit of using a known donor we were planning on starting inseminations the day before her expected positive OPK, the day of the positive and potentially the day after. Her early positive definitely put a wrench in that plan. So, I bought the pre-seed and headed straight home to see my wife quickly gathering all the supplies: 5mL syringe, specimen cup, newly purchased pre-seed, large coffee cup to hold the specimen cup in public, and the softcup. While getting ready to head out the door, I thought to grab a pillow to elevate the hips and a blanket. Read More »
Yesterday, we met with our known donor! I have met him before but it had been awhile so it was great to sit down and get a plan together. Luckily, during this meeting we spent more time hanging out than going over all the details–I was a little nervous about the details. One of the great things about our donor is that he has donated before for another couple so we are just following the same plan. In the past, they would give him a heads up of their estimated ovulation date and when they would need his assistance. On the day of, they would hang out a bit and then give him an inconspicuous large coffee cup with a specimen cup inside. He would take that and do his business in a bathroom and return it to them. He then leaves and the couple would do their insemination. Seems simple enough.
With my last cycle being cancelled due to no follicles on CD12, we have devised a new plan… A carrier switch up and going with a known donor. So that means we are walking away from the RE and the fertility clinic. While Lyn and I have been talking about this, I still feel like it was abrupt probably due to the cancelled cycle. Overall, I am ready to walk away from the clinic. It has been stressful and costly. Over the past year and change, we have spent $12,959.74 USD and we are starting to lose faith in the IUI process with frozen/thawed sperm. If we need to go back to frozen/thawed sperm, I think IVF will be more in the conversation than IUI. I think it is amazing that we live in time where we can order sperm on the internet, find a team of medical professionals ready to help and try to start a family. But it’s not perfect and we are tired. Read More »
This post may not be for everyone–it can get a little TMI.
I decided to do a separate blog post on all the side effects that I have had with TTC medication. I mostly I wrote this so I can remember the details and I thought I would share to help anyone who is about to start medicated cycles. So far, I’ve attempted two medicated IUI cycles. That said, the most recent cycle was cancelled due to “no response” to the medication (ie. no follicles at CD12) after taking Femara CD4-8 and Estrace/Estradiol CD5-12. During that time, the most notable side effect was bloating off and on.
This update is quite the doozy and I’ll try to be succinct. Last we left off, we were going to take this cycle off to get my wisdom teeth extracted but I ended up getting an appointment much faster than expected and the healing time went without a hitch. So, exactly one week and a day after getting my teeth pulled, we were going in for my second IUI unmedicated. Needless to say, it wasn’t a normal cycle. Usually on CD1, I start pomegranate juice, raspberry leaf tea and try to keep my uterus nice and toasty instead I started all this on CD10. To make matters worse, we weren’t 100% sure that I would be in town for the IUI because I had a work trip to Las Vegas on CD15 and I usually ovulate on CD14. We were cutting it pretty close.Read More »
At the discovery of my cysts at the last baseline ultrasound, I was prescribed 3 weeks of birth control pills to take before coming back. Last week, I finished the pills (well… I skipped the last two) and was able to get another baseline ultrasound appointment for this past Thursday. Read More »
For the past 65 days, Lyn and I have been working tirelessly to collect all of our medical records from our primary care doctor’s office to deliver to the reproductive endocrinologist (RE) office. To reduce costs, we’ve done all the various blood tests and diagnostic images with our primary care doctor’s office and now we need to gather all the records in preparation for a January insemination *fingers crossed*. Around 30 days into this, we got about 60% of Lyn’s records and 0% of my records. We made our request early October but had received very little. We tried calling the medical records department repeatedly, giving them reasonable deadlines, giving them unreasonable deadlines, spoken to supervisors and we didn’t know what else to do. Read More »
I will be keeping a running tally and updating this post after any appointments or after we receive any bills. We are hoping this list, encompassing all of our medical conception expenses, will help others with budgeting. Please note that these costs vary depending on clinics, insurances, luck, and everything in between.
So far, we are up to $13,455.85 with 5 IUI attempts comprising $12,959.74. Now, we are moving on to at home inseminations with a known donor and we expect expenses to slow down. See below for the details by month. Feel free to ask any questions or comments. Thanks!