At Home IUI

We did it. The at home IUI, that is. We still have 14 days before we know if it worked. Longest. Wait. Ever.

As for the IUI itself, it went pretty smoothly although J did have some discomfort, which also happened at the doctor’s. We followed the instructions I had found here. We were both so nervous, but I think overall it went well and we’ve got a good chance. Go us!

If this works, our due date will be 3/29/16. And we will have made this baby at home, as naturally as possible. I hope it works. Please please please work!

Written July 7, 2015.

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We’re Really Going To Do This

Clomid? Check. OPK’s? Check. Ovidrel? Check. Supplies for home IUI? Check. Sperm? Scheduled for pickup on Monday afternoon.

J got her period last night so today is her official CD 1. She’ll be doing Clomid 50 mg CD 5-9 and starting OPK’s on CD 9 (ours don’t react to Clomid, we checked!) until CD 11. We’ll be triggering with the Ovidrel on CD 11 unless she gets a positive OPK prior to that, and then we’ll do the IUI 36 hours later at home.

We’re both very excited (and nervous and scared and anxious). We’re really going do this. All I keep thinking is, “What if it works?”

I’m trying not to get too overly hopeful or be crazy optimistic, but I have a good feeling. If we get pregnant this time, it will have been just us two making a baby, which is what we always wanted. Simple, normal, regular. I want it to work so badly. I really hope it does.

Written June 25, 2015.

Light Bulb

Last I wrote, we had just found out J was losing her job in a few months but we were still planning to move forward, using our last two vials for her. The other day we were talking about all of it: securing the sperm, shipping/picking-up/storing it, when we would be heading to the doctor based on her period tracker predictions and such, figuring out how to pay for it all… Then a lightbulb went on in my head. A crazy “are you really thinking this?” kind of light bulb.

And so I said to J: “Hey – what if we tried at home first?”

Her jaw dropped.

“I mean, I think I have refills left on all my meds.”

Her eyes lit up.

“After all, we do know what worked for you last time.”

She thought for a moment, and then said: “OMG, let’s try at home.”

It’s way cheaper to try at home. It’s what we always wanted when she was getting pregnant the first time, too, but since she wasn’t ovulating she needed Clomid and Ovidrel. She ovulated on the same day both cycles we did IUI at the doctor. She’s predictable, and easy (fertility-wise at least ;)). The gears began to spin in both of our heads. How could we make this happen?

We have detailed notes of what worked for J last time she was trying to get pregnant. Our sperm bank gives us a needle-less syringe and we actually bought catheters when we were considering trying at home with me back in October, and they’ve just been sitting in our junk drawer (sterile wrapped of course), so I could do the IUI at home. I’ve watched both of her IUIs and had three IUIs myself so I know what it entails, plus I found this resource for instructions for a DIY IUI at home. I know I could do it. She trusts me enough to have me do it. I checked and I do have refills left for Clomid. My Ovidrel had a refill but it expired 5/30/15 so I called the doctor and left a message asking them to refill it, so we’ll see what happens there. If the doctor refills my Ovidrel, then by golly, we’re going to try this at home.

This is crazy. Like, really crazy. But crazy enough that it just might work, right?

Written June 9, 2015.

Update 6/11/15: They refilled my Ovidrel prescription!