Hey All, Happy Thanksgiving! I posted on this thread back in March when my wife (same-sex couple) and I were just beginning the process of our IUI journey. I've lurked some, but since I wasn't actively beginning TTGP with IUI, I didn't want to jump in on most people's conversations. We've taken it slow, due to costs and nerves, and are now ready to start! I don't see a general intro thread on this community so I'm saying hello here, before I jump into future IUI boards. Is that okay? I hope it is! I could jump on the TTGP boards instead, but I felt that because I am using assisted methods to get pregnant this might be a better support system.
We are trying our first round of IUI in December and I intend to carry. I'm early 30s. We are using an anonymous sperm donor we chose online. We're paying OOP, we have health insurance which will assist but we have a high deductible aaaaaand the year is about to end. Fun times! We've worked with an awesome RE near us; I've gotten all the bloodwork done I have been tracking ovulation through OPK (Clear-Blue digital OPK) and have been taking prenatals since early Sept. My blood confirmed ovulation but with lower-than-desired progesterone levels, so I'll be getting progesterone supplements once we start IUI. I've got a "normal" thyroid for a non-pregnant/TTGP person but they wanted my levels for that a bit lower too, so I've been on synthroid for 2 months. They also told me to take extra amounts of folic acid and Vitamin D to get those levels to the optimal #. All levels are going up or down as desired with the additional meds and supplements! I've been pretty regular with cycles my whole life, so I am cautiously optimistic but know the realities of the process we are beginning.
Our RE believes there is no indicated reason to do a HSG test or take clomid/etc. I've found it confusing because another lesbian couple we are close with saw a different doctor at a different practice, and their doctor suggested doing the HSG and also offered clomid/etc. if they desired it. I guess different doctors have different methods, and we'll do a few rounds like this before I start to get antsy. I appreciate the more conservative approach, but also don't want to waste $ from each procedure and vial of sperm used ($900/vial - 1-2 vials per cycle!). Trying to not get myself too overwhelmed in the beginning.
Well that's me, medically. I really value all of you and your ability to communicate with each other about this process, which is not easy to deal with. Community and solidarity really helps with any challenge. I feel fortunate to be joining such a strong, determined group of people on this journey to grow all our families.
Lots of love to you all, and I hope your bellies are full of delicious Thanksgiving yummies! xo