IUI #1

I just had my 1st IUI yesterday. I was 16 and 18mm dilated and my blood work and everything else has been great since I first started the process. I’m wondering what my success rate is of getting pregnant. I’ve already been peeing a lot but I’m wondering if that’s just because of my nerves or way early signs that I’m pregnant. I’m supposed to take an AHPT on 4/12/23. Any thoughts?

Re: IUI #1

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    Did your doctor not talk with you about your chances of success with IUI? That should be a pretty important part of the decision making process and informed consent for the procedure. In general, IUIs have a success rate between 5-20%, but your doctor can tell you where within that range you fall based on your own demographics, diagnosis, test results, etc. Statistically speaking, chances are that you are not pregnant. Of course it does work sometimes, and if you have a 5% chance of getting pregnant naturally and a 15% chance with IUI, you're 3 times more likely to get pregnant than you were before.

    Even if it does work, you wouldn't have any symptoms yet, so whatever you're thinking is a pregnancy symptom is not related. After sperm and egg meet (potentially yesterday, but possibly not yet; sperm can live in you for 5 days, so you have time to ovulate if you haven't yet), the fertilized egg needs to travel to the uterus. Next it burrows into the lining, and after that your body notices it's there and starts producing pregnancy hormones. That process can take a week or so, and even then the hormone levels are low, so you may not experience symptoms or be able to turn a test positive for 9-14 days. If the term "two week wait" (TWW in forums) sounds familiar, that's where you are. It's just waiting at this point, there's no way to tell yet if it worked.
  • The success rates of IUI vary depending on several factors such as age, fertility history, cause of infertility, and the number of IUI cycles performed.  As for early signs of pregnancy, it is possible that increased urination could be a symptom, but it is also possible that it is due to nerves or other factors. It is important to remember that pregnancy symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and may not appear until several weeks after conception.

    It is also important to note that it can take several days after the IUI procedure for fertilization to occur, and it may take up to two weeks after the procedure before a pregnancy test can accurately detect pregnancy.

    It's best to wait until your scheduled AHPT date to take a pregnancy test to avoid false negatives. I hope this information helps and I wish you the best of luck with your fertility journey.

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