You can choose to take the fertility drugs and doing it naturally by having sex on a specified date as advised by your doctor. I’ve tried that two times but to no avail.
So, we decided to go for IUI (Intrauterine insemination).
So, what is IUI?
IUI is a fertility treatment that uses a catheter to place a number of washed sperm directly into the uterus. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization.
Although IUI still requires the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own, it is important to make sure that the sperm is healthy and mobile. IUI provides the sperm an advantage by giving it a head start, but it still has to seek out the egg on its own.
They said that IUI is a painless procedure but actually it depends on individual. For me, it hurts so much that I swore not to do it again after the 2nd attempt. Lucky enough, I got pregnant after the 2nd attempt.
How does IUI work?
The IUI procedure is simple and may be performed even if the woman is not receiving medication to improve her egg production. Many physicians will encourage women to take medications to stimulate the ovaries in order to increase egg production and, hopefully, the chance of achieving pregnancy.
An ultrasound will be used to monitor the size of the follicles (follicles develop into eggs). The hormone, human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), is administered to stimulate the release of eggs from the follicles within 34-40 hours.
To help rupture the eggs (release it from the follicles), you need to be injected with the hcG dose. I was given Pregnyl and instructed to take the injection that night at 9pm.
There are 2 types of ultrasounds for women – abdominal and pelvic. Abdominal scan is usually done to monitor baby in the womb. In our case, pelvic or vaginal scan is carried out. You must empty your bladder before the ultrasound procedure (the nurse will inform this to the first timer).
During ultrasound, the nurse will ask you to take off your pant and panty. And, climbed to lay down on a special chair with both legs rested on the purple foot rest. Your legs will be wide open and covered with a white sheet.
The doctor then put a little blue gel on the ultrasound tranducer which is protected with a protective cover (looked like condom to me). Then she will probe the tranducer inside your vagina.
The ultrasound image is immediately visible on a nearby screen that looks much like a computer or television monitor.
The doctor will move the tranducer to the left and right to see the size of eggs in both your ovaries. Sometimes the movement hurt but not much.
And, you can actually see your eggs in the monitor! The doctor will record the size of each egg and determine its maturity. Sometimes the doctor can see an ovarian cyst (if any) during the ultrasound.
A semen sample will be processed by the lab in order to separate the semen from the seminal fluid. A catheter is used to inject the processed sperm directly into the uterus. This process maximizes the number of sperm cells that are placed in the uterus and thus increases the possibility of conception.
The IUI procedure is short and involves minimal discomfort. The next step is to watch for signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
Before the IUI procedure, your husband need to produce his sperms in a small container with your name on it.
There are two rooms provided on the 7th floor. Both rooms are equipped with a single bed, a toilet, a sofa, a television and a cd player with x-rated videos.
If the husband think it’s hard to do it alone by masturbating, you can actually get into the room with him. You know how to help him, right?
The sperms will then be washed in the lab to separate unwanted residues from the active sperms. Only the washed sperms will be inserted into your womb during IUI procedure.
How successful is IUI?
Younger women usually have higher rates of success compared to women over age 35, but the average success rate for IUI ranges from 10-20% in one cycle. With IUI, as with other methods of artificial insemination, the success is dependent on the health of the sperm and the woman’s body.
The success rate varies. A friend got pregnant after 4th attempt while another one never succeed. As for me, I’m now pregnant after the 2nd attempt. So, please don’t give up!