IUI # 3 insemination 1 & 2 happens this weekend. I was on 75, 75, 75, 100, 100, 100, 125, 125, 125, 125 IU of Follistim for the last 10 days. I will be taking Ovidril tonight and going to the other clinic location which operates on the weekend (different and farther off from my regular one) tomorrow. During today's u/s, I had 2 follicles in my right ovary (18 & 13 mm) and a couple of 11-12 mm in the left ovary. My RE prefers going low and slow on the dose because of (my) PCOS. However, that resulted in to just 1 follcile during second IUI. I guess, technically you just need 1 "good" egg to do the trick, but it sucks when you have already had 2 failed IUIs. So I ended up speaking with my RE to see if we could be a little bit more (of course reasonably) aggressive this time... last time I took 75 IU of Follistim every single day except for the last 2 days, when I took 125 IU! The increased dose for IUI # 3 did not really shorten the cycle (I have been on Follistim for 10 days starting at CD3 the last 2 cycles as well), it seems to have slightly increased the number of potential babies. My Estrogen was 787.
The u/s was performed by a different RE (from group of docs at the clinic)... he is one of the founding members of the practice and I had never really interacted with him before. So, I was a little curious to see how things went.... He entered w/o knocking the door (I could hear him outside and of course I was ready... so I wasn't really startled!)... exchanged a few pleasantries and then swiftly moved my cover/paper blanket (or whatever it is called) up (I was a little startled then), the probe went in equally fast as well! With his quick actions... I actually lost track of the follicles (hence the "couple" of follicles in left ovary (mentioned above)). He started asking me as to why I am not going for an IVF. During our conversation he also went on to say that with the number of potential follicles I have, there is a great risk of multiples with IUI, and as much less "torture" (yes, he used that word to imply IVF) as they would want me to go through, I would probably produce a lot of eggs for IVF (which has approximately 80% chances of success at my age at this clinic (assuming other things are okay besides PCOS) as compared to 20% with IUI). He also mentioned that at my age probably 50% of the eggs are probably already bad... which adds up to the BFNs for IUI!!! I mentioned to him that I have an appointment with my RE to discuss IVF and that is probably going to be our next option if this IUI doesn't work!
I was not very pleased with his bed side manners, however I was very impressed with the amount of time he spent with me and the way he answered my questions! Gives me lots of hope for IVF! :) So for now... IUI # 3... here we come! Will this be the lucky cycle!?!