What is an injectible IUI?
An IUI is what many refer to as the “turkey baster” method. Instead of a male ejaculating into a female’s vagina, he instead ejaculates into a cup, which is then “washed” and then placed directly into the uterus, bypassing the vagina. “Washing” means the sperms is centrifuged. All the dead or non-moving sperm fall to the bottom, while the ideal, healthy sperm, remain at the top. The top sperm are removed and placed into a catheter, which is then placed into the female’s uterus.
This method is effective when the sperm counts are lower, because instead of sperm dying in the vagina, before they even reach the uterus, they bypass the dangers. This paces more sperm in the optimal position. It is also effective because it provides more than one target, so there is a greater chance the sperm will reach an egg.
Here is what an injectable meds IUI looks like:
CD1: Call RE. Make an appointment for CD3-5 scans.
CD3-5: Baseline US. This will tell my doctor if everything is looking okay inside. Based on this, she will call in my scripts for meds. Tentatively, the script is for Letrazole for 5 days, Gonal-F for 3 days. About 1 week
CD10-12: Midcycle US. This is to check on my follicles to see how they are developing. If they are developing okay, and there are enough, the doctor will tell me to trigger. If they can use a little more help, she will prescribe a couple more days on the Gonal-F to help them along.
CD13-16: Trigger. This is a shot called Ovidrel. It tells the follicles to release the egg(s).
CD14-17: The day after trigger is the day of the IUI. I will go in to the office. Husband will deliver his sample. His sample is then “washed” and put inside a catheter. The catheter is then snaked up through my cervix into my uterus. The washed sample is then injected.
CD24-30: Beta. A sample of blood is drawn and tested for beta levels. If the level is above 5, pregnancy is indicated. The numbers need to double every 38(ish) hours for the pregnancy to be deemed “viable.”