IUI #1 was a bust. No big surprise, since MH numbers were so crappy. We figured out that it's because of a virus, though, and his numbers are already getting better. He went from 109 million a year ago to 5 million at our last IUI. Earlier this week he had another SA and it was 45 million, with an elevated WBC count. His doctor diagnosed him with a virus a couple of weeks ago so the hope is that as he gets better his numbers are getting better. And everyone at the RE's office said that even at 45 million that is plenty for an IUI. I guess "normal" is anything over 20 million?
Anyway, I went in today for my baseline u/s to start out the new IUI cycle. My doctor said that she wanted to up my Clomid to 100mg, which I was very happy about. However, when she did my u/s she saw two cysts on my left ovary. They weren't crazy big and she said that one or two cycles with no meds should make them go away. So I was bummed and resigned myself to taking a couple of cycles off. (At this point I think of TI as taking a cycle off because, honestly, I think I have about as much of a chance of getting pregnant that way as I do by being celibate).
Then when I was checking out my genius side kicked in. "I don't have a problem ovulating," I thought, "and since I'll ovulate on my own anyway, why can't we still do an IUI? Just with no meds?" I asked the doc, she said it was a great idea, so that's the plan. I'm supposed to do those ovulation predictor strips and call them when I get a positive. The only bad part about that is that it's hard enough to get an appointment that will work with my work schedule. Last minute like that will be damn near impossible. I'll see what I can do.
So if this cycle doesn't work I'll get an u/s at the start of the next cycle. If the cysts are still there what do you think I should do? Do a cycle of BC to get them to shrink faster? Try another natural IUI? If I take that cycle "off" I'll be able to save up enough money where doing a cycle with injects would be feasible for us. That would be about 4 times more expensive than just the Clomid IUI. Do you think it's worth it? Or would it be better to save that money for IVF?