Thank god, today’s IUI was.. for once.. UNEVENTFUL.
Our favourite nurse rang yesterday to schedule the appointment and K asked her if she’d do the insem due to all the problems previously, to which she said she would. Normally it’s just who is available at the time, and as she is the only one that’s been able to do it without causing K a great deal of pain, it was pretty comforting knowing she’d be the one.
Then we ended up running quite late so we were quietly stressing that she wouldn’t be able to do it after all but thankfully she still did. As I said, it was pretty uneventful, everything went smoothly. She commented that she hasn’t been doing them as long as the others so she’s probably more self conscious about being gentle (shouldn’t they all be though??). Because of previous bad experiences, K tenses up and finds it hard to relax with certain nurses which doesn’t help so it was nice for her to be relatively relaxed (as much as you can be anyway). So instead of it being an upsetting experience like the last few, this time we’re feeling pretty good about it.
We also had some time both before and after to chat with the nurse about things. We asked if she thought we were doing the right thing by not using the gonal-f injections, as we were considering using them next round. She showed us the charts and said that they only recommend them if the E2 level is under 500 on CD9 and as K’s is higher than that (about 650 this month) it’s not really an issue. This was great to hear because we’ve had a few questioning reactions from people at the clinic when we’ve said we’re not doing the shots, which was making us second guess ourselves but now we feel good about our decision again.
We also talked a little about where we go if it doesn’t work over the next couple of months, and our options etc. She told us that the sperm specimen wasn’t so great this time (only 3 million count) and that maybe we should consider trying another donor if it’s not working. The problem with this is we’re using a known donor and there are very specific reasons for using him but this is something we might have to think about a bit further down the line.
All in all, it went well and we came out of it feeling happy and hopeful!
And onto the tww…